How the Mulvihill Law Firm Can Help You After a Rear-End Collision Injury Accident
Rear-end car accidents are one of the most common types of accidents in the United States. Getting rear-ended is terrifying and frequently results in painful injuries and expensive car repairs. The victims of rear-end accidents are entitled to representation and compensation in the event of injury, missed work, vehicle damages, or hospital fees.
Rear-End Collision Injury Accident
A rear-end collision accident occurs when another vehicle slams into the back end of your car at a reckless speed. Because the victims of rear-end accidents rarely see the accident coming, they often don’t have the time or foresight to move out of the way or brace for impact. The injuries one can incur in a read-end accident range from severe whiplash to brain injuries or even death.
Common Causes of Rear-End Accidents Distracted Driving
When drivers aren’t paying full attention to the task at hand, they can miss important cues like brake lights.
Going over the speed limit or other reckless driving increases the likelihood of causing a rear-end collision.
Driving Under the Influence
Drunk driving is a leading cause of all kinds of accidents as alcohol slows reaction time and often impairs your judgment and vision.
Similar to the influence of alcohol, driving while on drugs can severely alter your ability to focus on the task at hand and impair the senses required for safe driving.
Driving while exhausted can lead to falling asleep at the wheel and losing control of your vehicle, increasing the chances of running into another car.
Whiplash Injuries Are Common In Rear-End Accidents
Victims of rear-end accidents most often report experiencing some kind of whiplash as a result of the impact. Whiplash can cover a range of head, neck, and soft tissue injuries. Below are a few common types of whiplash that may occur in a rear-end accident.
- Facet Joint Injury. Facets in the neck tear away from each other, which can cause pain and inflammation. In severe cases, the impact could dislocate your joints, requiring chiropractic or surgical help.
- Torn Annulus. An annulus is a ligament between each of your vertebrae. Trauma to the neck and spine in a rear-end collision can cause these ligaments to tear, leading to severe pain.
- Disc Issues. Rear-end collision victims could experience herniated or dislocated discs.
- Muscle Sprain. When whiplash is severe enough, you can strain the muscles in your neck, causing pain and loss of mobility.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Victims of rear-end collisions can suffer severe back injuries from the force of the impact. Common spinal injuries in these accidents include strained muscles, herniated discs, and fractured or broken bones. Extreme pressure on the spinal cord can also lead to pain, both mild and severe loss of feeling or control.
Brain injuries are a terrifying possibility in any kind of car accident. In a rear-end collision, your head can slam into the steering wheel or the windshield with destructive force, causing a concussion or long-term brain damage.
In a rear-end collision, you might experience bone fractures in various places, including the back, neck, face, and skull.
The force of a rear-end collision could cause internal organ and muscle injuries from impact trauma.
Victims, as well as perpetrators, can experience psychological trauma after an accident. Experiencing a collision can cause people to fear driving or being in a car, and victims may require therapy to be comfortable driving again.
In severe cases, a rear-end collision can result in death for drivers or passengers.
Rear Seat Passengers Are At Higher Risk in Rear-End Collisions
In the event of a rear-end collision, passengers in the back seat are at higher risk for injuries. Most vehicles have safety features that prevent wounds from sudden deceleration. However, sudden acceleration is not as protected. Rear passengers can suffer internal injuries from locking seatbelts and face the first impact of force in a rear-end collision.
Dealing With Insurance Companies
In most cases, the insurance company of the driver responsible for the crash will handle the claims. Frequently, insurance agents will aim to grant the bare minimum to save money. An attorney can help negotiate your claim or file a lawsuit if necessary.
Should You Contact an Attorney?
If you’ve been in a rear-end collision, contacting an attorney can help you through the experience. An attorney can assist with filing complex insurance claims and get you the help and compensation you need after an accident.
Call Us Right Away
If you’ve been rear-ended in a collision and have suffered injuries due to the impact, contact the team at the Mulvihill Law Firm PLLC. We specialize in personal injury cases and are happy to deal with all of the complicated paperwork on your behalf so you can focus on recovering. Give us a call at 435-368-3455, or fill out our contact form here to get started today.