Car accidents can cause physical injuries and emotional trauma. According to The National Law Review, rear-end collisions account for 29 percent of all traffic accidents resulting in a serious injury. In addition, rear-end accidents are the most common traffic accident resulting in no injuries.
If you were rear-ended and suffered injuries, one of your first phone calls should be to a lawyer.
Common Injuries From Rear-End Collisions
You can injure any part of your body during a rear-end collision. However, some injuries are more common than others with this type of accident.
- Whiplash: According to the Mayo Clinic, whiplash is the most common injury in a rear-end accident. Whiplash occurs when the force of the other car hitting your car causes a forceful back and forth motion of the neck, similar to how a whip cracks. This injury causes severe neck pain, stiffness, and pain in your shoulders, upper back, and arms.
- Head injury: If you hit your head during an accident, you can suffer a head injury such as a concussion or a traumatic brain injury, which can cause pain, confusion, nausea and vomiting, trouble sleeping, and other cognitive issues.
- Spinal cord injury: Spinal cord injuries are the most severe and life-changing injuries during a rear-end collision. Damage to any part of the spinal cord or nerves can cause permanent changes in your strength and sensation, and in severe cases, the injury can cause you to lose your ability to walk.
- Steering wheel injuries: f you were holding the steering wheel during the collision, your wrists and arms will absorb most of the impact and cause the following injuries:
- Sprained wrist
- Stress fractures in the arm
- Dislocated shoulder
- Tendon damage
How Can a Lawyer Help?
If you are injured due to a rear-end collision, and you were not at fault, you shouldn’t be responsible for the financial costs incurred due to the accident, including:
- Damage to your vehicle
- Lost wages if your injuries are so severe you can’t work.
- Medical bills
You also deserve compensation for the pain and suffering you’ve endured since the accident, and there are a few ways a lawyer can help ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.
- Case evaluation: A lawyer can use the police report, witness statements, the estimate to fix your vehicle, and medical bills to determine if you have a case and the amount of money you deserve. When your lawyer has all the information they need, they can decide if it’s worth filing a claim.
- Negotiations: It’s not uncommon to get a call from the responsible party’s insurance company a day or two after the accident to offer you a settlement. The offer is often made before you know the extent of your injuries and will be less than what you deserve. If you have a lawyer on your side, they can handle the negotiation process for you. Your lawyer will have an idea of what you deserve and will keep negotiating until the insurance company agrees to the amount.
- Case preparation and court representation: If the responsible party’s insurance company refuses to settle on a fair amount, your lawsuit will go to court, and you will have to hire a lawyer.
Your lawyer will prepare the strongest case possible using evidence from the accident and proof of your injuries. They will also investigate the accident to find as much proof as possible that you deserve more than the insurance company offered.
When the case is prepared, your lawyer will present it to the court. Your lawyer will question witnesses on your behalf and for the insurance company.
Rear-end collisions can cause serious injuries, and you’ll need a lawyer to ensure you get the compensation you deserve.