One driver hits the rear-end of another and can even cause a chain reaction if the other cars are close enough. The problem is that injuries can even occur at low impact speeds of five to ten miles per hour. Let’s consider the common injuries that result from rear-end collisions below.
Common Injuries that Occur During Rear-End Collisions
Whiplash results because nerves, tendons, muscles, and ligaments are pushed past their normal range of motion. This hyperextension creates tears in the tissue that is often numbed by adrenaline for the first few hours after an accident. When it hits, the suffers may feel like they were in a boxing match.
Fractured or Broken Bones
Scarring and Disfiguration
How to Obtain Compensation for Rear-End Accident Injuries
If you are injured in a rear-end collision, you need an auto accident attorney with experience in these types of cases. One of the biggest issues with rear-end accidents is determining who was at fault. The defendant (i.e. the at-fault driver) can claim that you braked too suddenly for them to react and, in the very least, establish comparative negligence.
Comparative negligence occurs when a jury finds that the plaintiff (i.e. the injured person) had a percentage of responsibility for the accident. If the plaintiff is found to comparatively at fault, the judge will reduce the jury verdict by that percentage of fault. In such a case, the total jury award for damages can be significantly reduced.
A rear-end collision attorney can help to present your claims with objectivity. They will work to eliminate any of the gray areas to make your narrative as black and white as possible. We can always speculate that the plaintiff could have done this or that to prevent an accident. But, realistically speaking, determining how a normal person would react in the situation is an argument that can be used to eliminate the ambiguity.
A normally reasonable person would, in the very least, try to turn out of the direct hit if a vehicle stops in front of them suddenly. This would ensure that the blow was glancing rather than direct. There is certain forensics that experts can piece together to determine which driver was distracted and to blame in any situation. A driver who is paying attention to the road would at least have done this or that to avoid the accident at the last second.
Building a personal injury claim also relies heavily upon the expert testimony of medical experts. Only an experienced auto accident attorney has access to the leading experts in the field. They can help to generate a professional report that estimates even the collateral effects of how the accident will affect you in the future.
The damages for a rear-end accident are typically for any of the following:
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Wrongful death
- Medical expenses
- Property damage
When you hire an attorney, you can also force the insurance companies to make fair offers promptly. The insurance companies won’t waste their time playing games and drawing out payments if an attorney is standing in your corner. Delayed compensation after a serious accident can deprive accident victims of critical care.