The most common type of car accidents in the U.S. and Denton County are rear-end collisions. A 1/3 of all motor vehicle accidents every year are rear-end collisions. Although, many of these rear end accidents occur at low speeds they often result in serious injury. Thousands of people every year are treated in Denton for whiplash, neck injuries, spinal cord injuries, hip fractures, brain injuries, and many other types of injuries. Whiplash is the unnatural motion of a person’s head being rapidly forced backward and then snapping forward. Pain and suffering from whiplash is often hard to treat and can often stay with you for the rest of your life. Recent studies show that even in low speed rear end collisions, the head and neck absorb more than twice the force of the car itself.

Dr. Mark Darner who is a Board Eligible Functional Neurologists of Affordable Chiropractic Clinic in Denton, is one of very few physicians in the DFW Metroplex, who can run a test which visually shows the effects of whiplash. This Somatosensory Evoked Potential (SSEP) evaluation allows Dr. Darner to see injuries to the spine, brain stem, or head and capture imaging the initial effects of whiplash. This machine allows Dr. Darner to visually assess medical improvement as a result of treatment prior to being released from his care.

Rear-end collisions are on the rise in recent years because of the increasing use of mobile devices while driving. You may think that you have no control over being rear-ended but there are some measures you can take to prevent rear-end collisions. How you maintain your vehicle is an important factor in avoiding rear-end collisions. Taking your vehicle to your local Denton break shop annually to check the tires and breaks is very important. In addition, regularly make sure your break lights are working properly by having someone stand behind you vehicle and ensure that when you tap the breaks the lights are coming on. Adjust your rear view mirror to ensure you can see behind you.

It is also very important to ensure you make gradual stops. Typically you can make sure your stops are gradual by taking the following steps; you should always allow three or more seconds of distance between you and the car in front of you. Make sure you are alert by looking further down the road to observe traffic problems in advance. When you see danger ahead, it is better to lightly tap the breaks to alert the driver behind you and then slow down, rather than slamming the breaks at the first site of danger. Another way to avoid dangerous rear end collisions is to always use turn signals so that the driver behind you is on notice of your turn. These days, assuming the driver behind you is on a cell phone in some capacity is probably a pretty safe bet. Using turn signals or tapping breaks lightly will hopefully alert this negligent driver. When a driver is following too close, gradually slow down and allow the car to pass you and if that is not possible pull off at a service station or another safe location and allow the driver to pass.

If you are rear-ended make sure to be seen by a chiropractor such as Dr. Mark Darner of affordable Chiropractic Clinic in Denton, or go the Denton Regional Medical Center or one of the various urgent care centers in Denton to ensure you are okay. Many times the symptoms of these high or even low speed rear-end collisions don’t appear for a few days. Following the procedures outlined in this article may not prevent every rear end collision, however it will definitely minimize the risk of rear-ending someone or being rear-ended by another driver.