Rear-End Car Collisions

Aug 19, 2021 | Auto Accidents

Rear-end collisions occur more frequently than any other type of accident. A number of reasons such as speeding, tailgating/following too closely, inattentiveness, and distracted driving/using a cell phone can explain why rear-end collisions are the most frequent type of car collisions.

Due to the frequency from which these collisions occur, auto makers have created back bumpers in such a way as to withstand rear-end impacts in a safer manner. As such, insurance companies have become very skilled at defending these types of cases and typically get away with convincing injured drivers that they could not have sustained any injuries because the vehicle experienced little to no visible damage. Consequently, many of our clients will walk into our office frustrated with the insurance company and suffering from injuries sustained in a rear-end collision even though the damage to their vehicle looks minimal. This is because the vehicle itself was made to withstand the impact, unlike the individual(s) within the vehicle. An attorney experienced with rear-end collisions will help you navigate through the many “pitfalls” that insurance companies will claim exist in your rear-end collision case, including the most commonly used “lack of noticeable damage to the vehicle” argument.

Cervical (neck) and Lumbar (back) injuries are sustained most commonly when rear-end collisions occur. Whiplash is the most common initial diagnosis and occurs when the neck is whipped from back to front, the motion the head moves in a rear-end collision. The abrupt motion damages the tissues around the spine causing the injured party to experience neck pain, upper back pain, headaches, fatigue, dizziness, loss of range of motion in his/her head, numbness or tingling into his/her arms, and difficulty sleeping. However, many of these symptoms may not appear until days or weeks following the collision causing precious time to lapse. Thus, it is important to receive medical care soon following any collision so that a doctor can properly evaluate your wellness through a proper physical examination in order to uncover any hidden injuries from the collision.

First and foremost, the burden falls on you, the injured party, to prove that the other driver was distracted thus causing the accident. The easiest way to do this occurs when the at-fault driver admits to using his/her cellphone at the time of the collision. However, most people will not make such an admission, and therefore, you must take more creative approaches to prove that the at-fault driver was using his/her cell phone at the time of the collision. Such creative approaches include locating and interviewing possible independent eye witnesses or investigating the at-fault driver’s social media pages to see if he/she made any posts at or near the time of the collision.

The injuries to the neck and back can certainly extend beyond whiplash. Damage to the spine can include nerve damage, pulled/sprained ligaments and/or muscles, and/or even bulged or herniated discs in the spine which could ultimately require surgery. However, failure to receive medical treatment soon after your collision can cause significant issues in your case as the insurance company will argue that your injuries did not come as a result of the collision since you did not treat immediately afterwards.

Rear-end collisions can also cause many other injuries. Common injured body parts include, shoulders, arms, knees, and feet. Again, the importance of receiving medical treatment immediately following any collision can make all the difference in your case.

Always remember that when involved in a rear-end collision your health and wellness comes first. Do not let the insurance company guilt you into abandoning medical care because they say that you should not be hurt from the rear-end collision due to the lack of damage to your car. Numerous studies have shown that there is no direct correlation between the amount of damage done to a vehicle and the injuries that a driver has sustained from that collision. If finding and/or affording medical care becomes problematic for you, then reach out to an experienced auto accident attorney immediately so that they can help coordinate your medical treatment. Here at The Larrison Law Firm, we are happy to provide a free consultation and answer any further questions in the regards. Reach out to us today at (770) 554-8100.

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