When many people think of car accidents, they only consider the initial impact. However, there are often secondary collisions that can cause just as much damage, if not more.
What is a secondary collision?
A secondary collision is when you’re hit by another car while you are already stopped or slowed down from a primary collision. For example, if you are rear-ended at a stop light and pushed into the car in front of you, that is a secondary collision. Also, you may be hit by a car while you are exchanging information with the other driver after a fender bender.
Why are secondary collision injuries often serious?
These types of accidents often result in more serious injuries than primary collisions because the victim is already in a vulnerable position. The force of the second impact can cause severe injuries, such as whiplash, back and neck injuries, broken bones and concussion.
Is it possible to avoid secondary injuries?
Yes, by being aware of your surroundings and taking precautions, you can help avoid getting involved in a secondary collision and experiencing a personal injury. For example, if you’re involved in a minor fender bender, try to move your car to the shoulder or off the road entirely before getting out to exchange information with the other driver to protect you from getting hit by oncoming traffic. Additionally, if you are involved in a multi-car collision, you may want to stay in your car until law enforcement arrives on the scene.
If you get injured in a car accident, it is important to seek medical attention right away. You may not experience symptoms immediately, but some injuries, such as whiplash, can take days or even weeks to develop. Once you have been seen by a doctor, you may then begin going through all your legal options.