According to the Center for Disease Control, in the United States, unintentional injuries from vehicle crashes are the third leading cause of death among Americans. Vehicle crashes are among top ways that people become injured. In fact, in 2018, more than 30,000 deaths resulted from motor vehicle crashes.
A rear-end crash is a car accident that occurs when two or more cars collide leading to one car running into the back bumper of the car in front of it. The severity of these crashes varies depending on whether they are high or low-speed and if personal injury occurs. Regardless, you could be hurt in a rear-end collision sustaining a serious injury that requires medical attention, or even death.
If you’ve been in a rear-end crash and you are struggling to get paid by your insurance company on a claim for medical treatment resulting from the crash, a car accident attorney can help you navigate through the process, negotiate on your behalf and even take your case to court, if need be. We can work for you, no matter what conditions 2020 throws at us. With COVID-19 filling hospital beds, you may need an injury attorney more than ever, and we are here for you. Learn more about common rear-end collision injuries and what to expect if you’ve been in a car crash that resulted in injuries.
Common Injuries From A Rear-End Collision
There are common types of injuries that crash victims might experience that require prompt medical treatment and possible insurance compensation:
- Neck injury
- Back pain
- Traumatic brain injury
Neck Injury After Rear-End Collision
If you think you’ve experienced a neck injury it’s important to get medical assistance right away. Here are some serious injuries an rear-end collision might cause:
- Soft-tissue injury
One common neck injury that you probably associate with rear-end collisions is whiplash, but how much do you really know about it? Whiplash is a type of spinal cord injury that takes place in the base of the neck when your head is forcefully shaken back and forth, like during a rear-end collision. It can result in neck pain and the need for physical therapy.
Soft Tissue Injury
If you hit the steering wheel, you may also experience soft tissue injury in the neck, or other parts of the body. You might notice bruising around the face, head and neck. This kind of bruising is indicative of an airbag deployment injury. You could sprain your neck, in which case you would experience soreness. If glass breaks lacerations could occur that impact the soft tissue of the neck and can be very dangerous if an artery is severed. Seat belts can cause lacerations and disfigurement. Soft tissue injuries can be severe injuries that impact your range of motion after a vehicle crash.
Back Pain After A Rear-End Collision
Spinal injuries can be common rear-end collision injuries. If you’ve experienced a spinal injury from a auto accident a personal injury lawyer can help you get compensation to assist with back injuries:
- Upper back injury
- Lower back pain
Upper Back Injury From Being Involved In A Rear-End Collision
It’s not hard to conceptualize how a rear-end accident might cause a back injury. Similarly to what occurs during whiplash, an upper back injury happens when the soft tissue, bones or spine of the upper back are damaged due to a vehicle crash. Even if it isn’t a whiplash injury, you should seek medical treatment for an upper back injury. An injury attorney can make sure you receive the compensation you deserve.
Lower Back Pain From Being Rear-Ended
A spinal cord injury, sprain or broken bone in the lower back can result from a rear-end collision, causing lower back pain. Herniated discs are one common cause of lower back pain after and accident. If you’ve been in a rear-end collision and experience pain anywhere in your back, including your lower back, it’s important to contact a medical professional in your insurance company’s network.
Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injury happens when your head hits something else in the car causing your brain to collide with your skull at your forehead, the back of your head or both. This can happen because airbags deploy during a high-speed collision or with no airbags at all. A concussion may be a sign of a larger traumatic brain injury. If you’ve been denied a claim for traumatic brain injury contact a personal injury attorney.
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What To Do If You’re In Pain From Rear-Ended Accident?
Here’s what you should do if you’re in a rear-ended collision:
- Report the event to police
- Determine fault or no-fault
- Receive medical treatment for injuries right away
- Contact the accident attorneys at Florin|Roebig to help with your claim
Report To Police
In the event of a vehicle collision, contact the police. Law enforcement officers will write an accident report. Ticket the at fault drivers in fault states and serve as an objective third party witness to the moments after the crash. Calling authorities also ensures EMTs arrive on the scene if anyone is injured.
Determine Fault Or No-fault
There are 12 no-fault states in the United States. They are:
- New Jersey
- New York
- North Dakota
In these states, no matter who is to blame for the accident, both insurance companies pay for damages and injuries without issuing fault to one driver or the other. This is to ensure that all drivers are covered in the event of medical treatment after an accident.
In states where fault is issued, there may be a default assumption that the driver who hits the person in front of them is responsible for the accident, despite the context of the situation. Both scenarios have advantages and disadvantages, and a good law firm will understand the laws in your state to make the best decisions for your case.
Receive Medical Treatment For Injuries Right Away
It’s always important to receive medical treatment for injuries. You may feel fine right after the accident, but you should still get checked out by a medical professional in your insurance network. That’s because injuries can take hours, days or even weeks to show up. In the event of delayed injury, it will benefit you to have sought treatment directly after the car accident.
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Contact Florin|Roebig To Help With Your Claim
If you sought qualified medical treatment after a collision, you may be entitled to compensation from your insurance company to offset the cost of medical expenses that occurred as a result of the motor vehicle accident. An injury attorney can help you with your personal injury claim to ensure it is done correctly.
If you’ve filed your claim and it’s been denied or underpaid, contact FlorinRoebig for a free consultation. Someone is standing by to offer real-time assistance. That’s right, when you call the law firm of Florin|Roebig you’ll speak to a real person, today.
Your personal injury claim is important to us. Contact the law firm of Florin|Roebig and let us help you get the most for your personal injury insurance claim today. Insurance companies have lawyers working tirelessly to make sure they are protected against consumer claims, and that’s why you need an attorney to represent you. Call today for a confidential free case evaluation.