Rear–End Collisions: Common Injuries and Treatments
Some rear–end collisions are more serious than others and may require surgery and long term health care. Some injuries may need life–long medical care, and offer no cure for the pain. The injury you may receive from a rear–ended collision may be serious even if you're not in pain. You should have a doctor run some tests to be sure there are no underlying injuries.
Whiplash is a common occurrence in a rear–end collision car accident. The sudden movement of the car as it is struck from behind, often with great force, generally can cause injury to the cervical vertebrae and adjacent soft tissue as the body jerks forward and the head snaps back and then forward. One very common whiplash injury involves neck sprains, which may consist of damaged muscles, ligaments, and connective tissue to the neck area. Whiplash typically causes stiffness to the neck and back area, but also can result in more serious injuries.
In many rear–end collisions you may not immediately feel the pain or symptoms of injuries. After awhile or even the next morning, you may feel the pain from the collision in your head, neck and back. Common injuries from a rear–end collision are, head and shoulder injury, knee injury, broken leg or arm injuries, herniated or bulging discs.
Factors during the crash that influence prognosis negatively are an unsuspecting occupant with their head turned or tilted, lap and shoulder belt worn, occupant in a small car and a low or absent head restraint. Lap and shoulder harnesses prevent us from flying through the windshield and messing up our face. A rear–end collision, on the other hand, the shoulder harness abruptly stops our shoulder acceleration, just as the head and neck are reaching maximum acceleration, causing an additional close–line injury.
Factors influencing long term prognosis negatively are initial pain in the arms and legs (early radicular symptoms), jaw pain, buzzing in the ear (tinnitus), dizziness, early sleep disturbance, and a short latency interval of symptoms, all seems to reflect a more sever and potentially chronic injury. Chronic injuries often require life–long therapy and result in loss of or restricted employment.
Despite the existence of a seatbelt, headrest, and other devices intended to reduce injuries stemming from rear–end collision car accidents these types of accidents usually result in serious injuries to the parties involved. Whether you have suffered auto accident whiplash as a driver, passenger injuries, or back pain, you have the right to be appropriately compensated for your injuries if you are injured due to the negligence of another person. Be sure to contact a physician to evaluate and treat any potential injuries.
Most rear–end collision law assumes the rear–ending motorist to be at fault for the accident. The general rule is that in the event of a rear–end collision; the person at fault was following too closely to the vehicle in front. There are exceptions to the rule when motorist can claim the other driver is at fault for negligently creating a hazard situation that could not be avoided.
After a rear–end collision, you will deal with the insurance company of the at–fault driver. You may be offered a settlement by the insurance company, but it is important that you do not accept the offer. At some point, the insurance company will request a medical record, which can only serve to help them. Call a Philadelphia car accident lawyer if things become too difficult to handle on your own.
Never try to represent yourself in a court of law in a rear–end collision case. Discuss your case with a Philadelphia personal injury lawyer for a clear understanding of what you can expect and the next steps. Your initial consultation is free and you'll be sure to get the maximum compensation for your injuries.