REAR-END COLLISIONS OCCUR REGULARLY
According to the national highway transportation and safety administration, they are the most common of all road accidents, accounting for one out of every three traffic accidents each year on average.
Many individuals now believe that rear-end collisions are unimportant. Rear crashes are a major matter. Believe me when I say that as a car accident injury lawyer with years of expertise. Every year, they cost billions of dollars and disturb millions of lives. The majority of those expenses and inconveniences are caused by the severe, even fatal injuries that rear-end incidents may cause.
This article will discuss certain injuries and what you may do to treat them. Do you have questions regarding your legal rights after a rear-end collision has turned your life upside down? Contact a car accident injury lawyer who has handled similar cases in the past.
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COLLISIONS AT THE REAR END AREN’T “MINOR” FENDER BENDERS ENOUGH?
Assume you’re sitting at a red light, minding your own thing while waiting for the light to turn green. Then, all of a sudden, bam! another car bangs into the back of yours without notice, sending your car shooting forward into the intersection, where a truck heading crossways barely stops in time to escape smashing into your doorframe (thankfully for you).
In a strong whipping motion, your head, neck, and torso are flung back against your seat and then bounce forward. You can see the stars. Your back, neck, and head hurt. You’ve recently been involved in a rear-end accident.
IT DOESN’T SEEM SO INSIGNIFICANT NOW, DOES IT?
That’s correct. It wasn’t a trivial issue. The truth is, although many rear-end collisions are as little as a touch on the bumper, many of them look and feel a lot more like the one I described above. They are forceful, unexpected, and terrifying.
In a rear-end accident, everyone is in danger of harm. The occupants of the front car, in this case, your car, are at a higher risk of injury. Because car safety systems are designed to protect you against abrupt, violent stops rather than sudden, violent starts, this is the case. Furthermore, at a junction (where a large number of these collisions occur), the leading car bears the chance of colliding with another car (like the one your car narrowly avoided with the truck in my example).
What kind of injuries do individuals suffer from? Listed below are a handful of them.
INJURIES TO THE NECK AND SOFT TISSUES
Neck injuries have a poor reputation. I can’t tell you how many TV sitcoms I’ve watched when one of the characters comes up wearing a neck brace and claims to have had a false neck injury in a car accident. neck injuries may be quite serious and disabling. they are also the most common injuries that occur due to a rear-end accident.
Neck injuries may happen in a variety of ways. When a car collides, the muscles in the neck and shoulder are often wrenched. The pressures of a car accident place the structures in the driver’s neck, shoulders, and back under tremendous strain, frequently inflicting damage to muscles and other soft tissue, as well as the vertebrae and discs in the spine.
The muscles in our neck are designed to support our heads; they are NOT designed to endure the impact of a forceful collision, which may result in severe discomfort for a rear-end crash victim. Rest, immobilization (which is what those neck braces are for), and over-the-counter pain medicine may help that person’s agony lessen.
Regrettably, not everyone is that fortunate. Because of the acute stress induced by a neck injury, or the swelling that follows the original injury, nerves may be pinched or injured. Long-term headaches, disorientation, persistent discomfort, and reduced range of motion are common complaints among victims. Neck injuries may cause persistent pain, leading to addiction to harmful prescription drugs.
Another thing to remember regarding neck injuries is that the sooner you address them, the better your health. One typical blunder made by rear-end accident victims is to refuse medical assistance at the scene, believing they’ve gotten away with it since they feel “fine,” only to find out they weren’t so fortunate when they develop significant, debilitating neck injury symptoms in the days after the accident.
Remember that, with neck injuries, in particular, the injury symptoms may not appear for a long time. After an car collision, always seek medical attention, even if you believe you “walked away” unscathed.
SPINAL INJURIES: A POTENTIAL NIGHTMARE
No one is fortunate enough to be injured in a rear-end collision. Even yet, there are different degrees of harm. Spinal injuries are among the most serious injuries that often occur in rear-end crashes.
Some rear-end collisions cause damage to the spine’s physical structure, which is made up of bones (vertebrae) and shock-absorbing discs. As anybody who has had one knows, back injuries are long-term and excruciatingly painful.
Multiple operations may be required to fix them, and even then, many back-injury sufferers may never be pain-free again. Injury to the discs and vertebrae makes standing or sitting in one posture for long periods uncomfortable. They might make it difficult for you to work or enjoy life. The agony is never-ending.
Spinal injuries, on the other hand, may develop much worse. A serious spinal injury might result in damage to the spinal cord. This bundle of nerves carries information from the brain to the body and is protected by spinal vertebrae and discs.
Partial or complete paralysis and loss of physical functioning are common outcomes of spinal cord damage. It limits rear-end, collision victims for the rest of their lives to wheelchairs and other assistance gadgets. Though medical technology continues to develop in therapy, many people are incurable spinal cord injuries.
BRAIN INJURIES ARE YET ANOTHER NIGHTMARE
Do you still consider rear-end incidents to be “minor” annoyances? I don’t think you do. Let me fill you in on another major, life-altering injury that is typical in these situations, just in case.
In a high-impact crash, the forceful “whipping” action of the head may cause significant injury to the brain. The brain, you see, floats within your skull. Even if your head does not hit anything, a SEVERE JOLT to the head might cause your brain to twist or spin within your skull. This action has the potential to shred brain tissue and disrupt nerve connections.
Concussions are usually caused by “minor” injury from these pressures and may result in long-term symptoms such as headaches, nausea, lethargy, and “brain fog.” A traumatic brain injury is caused by more significant and extensive damage to the brain, and the symptoms include motor, cognitive, and emotional deficits. Whether “mild” or “serious,” brain injuries may take years to recover from.
Do not assume that just because you did not hit your head in a rear-end accident means you have not suffered brain damage. Even if you “feel fine,” go to the doctor immediately away. Brain injuries may not often cause symptoms right away, and certain injuries might even become worse over time as your skull swells.
Doctors may put you through a “protocol” to examine you for brain damage right after your accident, much like they do when sportsmen are pulled off the field after a bad collision. Allow them to examine you. Early treatment for brain damage caused by a rear-end accident may make a huge difference in your recovery.
THERE ARE A VARIETY OF OTHER INJURIES THAT MAY OCCUR
So far, I’ve only discussed injuries suffered by the occupants of the lead car in a rear-end incident. However, as I said at the outset, everyone involved in a rear-end collision is in danger of injury.
Almost every “other” form of damage you can conceive of may happen as well. Broken bones, dislocated joints, torn ligaments and tendons, lacerations, abrasions, and burns, to mention a few, are all possible injuries for drivers and passengers in any car.
IN ADDITION, THERE ARE SECONDARY COLLISION INJURIES
Remember how, in my scenario, a crossing truck almost missed your car before the force of the rear-end collision forced it into an intersection? Consider what would happen if the truck was unable to stop. That second collision, which is most likely a “T-bone” or “angular” collision, has its own set of catastrophic risks.
Make no mistake: the catastrophic injuries and deaths resulting from a subsequent accident are still caused by the original rear-end collision. They are just as much the motorist’s responsibility who caused the collision as any other kind of injury.
IS THERE A RISK OF A REAR-END COLLISION? HERE’S WHAT YOU SHOULD DO AFTER THAT
If you’ve made it this far, you’ve probably figured out what the first thing you should do following a rear-end accident is. But, just in case you missed it, get medical help as soon as possible. Follow up as necessary.
DO NOT FORGET TO SEE A DOCTOR
Here are two reasons why you should visit the doctor. For starters, your health is important. Second, visiting a doctor as soon as possible following a rear-end incident preserves your legal rights.
What you don’t want to happen is this: You’re in a rear-end collision and mistakenly believe you “feel OK,” only to discover a few weeks later that you don’t. Still, your insurance company refuses to pay for your medical bills because you can’t show your injuries were caused by the car accident.
Going to the doctor straight soon establishes a direct link between the accident and any injuries discovered by the doctor. If you subsequently seek damages from the individual who caused your rear-end collision, you may use the documents that the doctor creates as proof.
The next step is to consult with an expert rear-end car accident injuries lawyer. Only after you’ve visited a doctor and received the treatment do you need to stabilize your health as much as possible.
What can a good car accident attorney help you with? I’m delighted you inquired. An attorney can help you with:
Gather whatever evidence you may need to show what caused your rear-end collision and how the collision resulted in your injuries.
Determine who may be legally liable for your rear-end incident (hint: it’s usually more than one person, which is good).
Calculate the damages you’ve incurred as a result of your rear-end car accident injuries, both in terms of current and future out-of-pocket expenses, as well as the agony and suffering you and your family have endured as a result of the accident.
Make a demand for reimbursement from those legally liable and have the financial means to compensate you via insurance or their assets.
Work out a reasonable settlement sum with those parties so you may get the financial help you need.
Take the parties that refuse to make a reasonable settlement offer to trial, proving your case to a judge and jury.
Mind you, not every scenario requires all of those processes. Furthermore, not every instance will result in a substantial monetary prize. Even yet, one thing is certain: if you do not obtain legal counsel as soon as possible, your chances of recovering ANYTHING will plummet.
REAR-END COLLISION INJURIES SHOULD BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY
Just because rear-end incidents occur often does not imply they are any less severe than other types of collisions. A rear-end accident may have a long-term impact on your physical, mental, and financial wellbeing.
Anyone who has been injured in a rear-end incident that was not their fault requires significant legal assistance to get the compensation they deserve. DO NOT WAIT ANY LONGER. Contact an experienced, skilled car accident injury attorney immediately to learn more about your legal rights after a rear-end crash injury. You will not be sorry for doing so.