Types of Auto Body Damage from Rear-End Collisions

Posted by Chris Medine on Oct 21, 2019 12:11:00 PM

rear-end collisionThousands of vehicle accidents happen daily, and about one-quarter of the them are reported to be rear-end collisions.  Whether the driver be distracted or in a rush, these accidents are some of the most common, and no matter how minor they may seem, damage can still result.  Even the smallest collisions can cause damage that, in time, could lead to something more serious in nature.  If you are involved in a rear-end collision here in Baton Rouge, stop by Medines and let us inspect your vehicle!

Underlying Damage After a Rear-End Collision

Just because you can’t see damage to your vehicle after a collision doesn’t mean it isn’t there.  Hiding underneath the surface are a multitude of components used to keep your vehicle in safe working order.  This is especially true in newer model vehicles where features like backup cameras are becoming the norm. Likewise, the exterior view is not a reliable estimate of potential frame damage underneath, and when the frame is bent, it can jeopardize the integrity of the entire car.

Trunk Damage from Rear-End Collisions

Trunk damage occurs frequently in rear-end collisions.  Trunk lids after an accident may pop open on the road while driving, obstructing your rear view.  They may also jam, no longer lock as they should, or allow water to leak into the trunk space.  Not only can all of this cause problems on the road, but it can also diminish your vehicle's value if not properly repaired. 

Alignment Issues After a Rear-End Collision

Some types of collision damage are only noticeable after you get back on the road.  If you notice that driving your vehicle has become more difficult or that shaking/strong pulling is evident, your alignment may need to be re-adjusted.  Poor alignment can cause added stress to other areas of the vehicle, leading them to wear out prematurely and pose future safety hazards. 

Transmission Problems from Rear-End Collisions

Transmission damage from a rear-end collision may not seem like an obvious problem, but it is one that occurs frequently.  Many vehicles, particularly those featuring all-wheel-drive and rear-wheel-drive house certain transmission components near the back of the car.  Continuing to drive after sustaining transmission damage can drastically shorten the life of a vehicle and result in far more costly repairs.  If you experience signs such as difficulty shifting or leaking of transmission fluid following a rear-end collision, have your car inspected by a professional mechanic immediately.

Rear-end collisions are a headache, but don’t let them become something worse.  Make sure you keep up the integrity and value of your vehicle by letting Medines inspect for any hidden damages.

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