Injuries resulting from a rear-end collision can vary from a few bruises and muscle soreness to serious concussions or even traumatic brain injuries. The speed of both vehicles and the circumstances surrounding the crash can play a role in determining the severity of the injuries. Our attorneys discuss the most common rear-end collision injuries and explain why you should consider legal representation if you have been hurt in a rear-end collision caused by someone else.
What Are the Most Common Injuries Resulting From a Rear-End Collision?
Rear-end collisions are said to account for more than 29% of all motor-vehicle-related injuries. A rear-end collision causes the vehicle that is struck to suddenly accelerate and stop, causing the occupant’s body to violently jerk back and be thrown forward shortly after. This sudden movement can cause a variety of injuries ranging from lacerations and bruises to TBIs and crushed limbs.
Some of the most common rear-end collision injuries include whiplash, seat belt injuries, spine injuries, and head injuries. Most whiplash cases are mild, but the most severe cases can even lead to paralysis. Spine injuries, such as herniated discs, can cause chronic pain, and head injuries can lead to serious trauma to the brain, such as concussions or even TBIs with lifelong disabling symptoms. While seat belts do save lives, they can cause bruises and cuts to the head, neck, and torso. Finally, the most severe rear-end collisions may result in crushed limbs that may require extensive surgery or, in some cases, amputation.
Why Is It Important to Get Examined by a Doctor Even if You Don’t Feel Hurt?
If your vehicle was rear-ended by another vehicle and you were fortunate enough to walk away seemingly unharmed, it is important to remember that you should always seek medical attention after any type of motor vehicle accident. This is true even if the accident did not seem serious or if you did not feel like you were hurt.
Because an accident is a traumatic situation, it is not uncommon for a person’s body to release high levels of adrenaline. This is the body’s natural response to stress, but it can also mask pain temporarily, meaning you may not feel any symptoms that could indicate you were injured until a few days or weeks have passed. By having an initial examination with a doctor soon after the accident, you can document the progression of your injury, receive adequate treatment, and have the medical reports you may need to use as evidence for a claim later on.
Who Pays for My Medical Bills and Lost Wages After a Rear-End Collision That Was Not My Fault?
If you were hurt in a rear-end accident and it is determined that the other driver was at fault for your crash, the financial liability for your damages usually falls on the at-fault driver and their auto insurance company. In most cases, you may be looking at filing an insurance claim in order to receive compensation for your injuries and financial losses, including medical bills and lost wages.
If the other driver was underinsured or had no insurance, you may need to discuss your case with an attorney to learn your options. You may need to file an Uninsured Motorist Claim with your own insurance carrier or opt for litigation and initiate a personal injury lawsuit in court.
Why Should I Hire an Attorney for a Rear-End Collision Case?
Having a strong legal ally on your side is fundamental to protecting your rights as a victim and maximizing your chances of receiving fair compensation. Your attorney can take care of all aspects of your case – from investigating the accident scene to negotiating with the insurance company and representing you in the courtroom – so you can focus on getting back on your feet. The Scott Pryor Law Group represents clients injured in motor vehicle accidents all across Georgia. If you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, call The Scott Pryor Law Group at 678-325-3434 to discuss your case and learn how we can help you fight for fair compensation.