Rear-end collisions are the most common type of motor vehicle accidents in the United States. Even so, many people associate “rear-end collisions” with minor fender benders and underestimate the physical and financial hardships that typically accompany these accidents. Rear-end collisions can – and frequently do – lead to catastrophic injuries that necessitate costly medical expenses and multiple surgical procedures. In fact, even if a “minor” injury heals, the accident survivor’s body may continue deteriorating from the point of injury, leading to joint or disc degeneration, osteoarthritis, and other serious medical conditions.
What Causes Rear-End Collisions?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, rear-end collisions account for nearly 30% of all car accidents each year. Sadly, it just takes one distracted, intoxicated, or fatigued driver to change the course of a person’s life forever. Distracted driving, in particular, has become a national epidemic with the advent of cell phone and hands-free technology.
Other causes of rear-end accidents include:
- Heavy traffic
- Mechanical failure
- Road rage
- Construction work confusion
It’s important to seek immediate medical attention after a rear-end collision, even if you don’t believe that you’ve been injured. Many injuries – including serious head injuries – may not develop perceivable symptoms for a few days. A doctor is trained to identify these injuries and develop a treatment program that mitigates any pain and side effects.
Catastrophic Injuries Associated with Rear-End Accidents
Despite popular misconceptions, even a low impact rear-end accident can lead to cognitive injuries and permanent physical disabilities. Many accident victims tend to downplay their immediate aches, not realizing that soreness is often the first sign of a debilitating medical condition. For example, a sore neck may be indicative of a devastating chronic condition that requires lifelong medical treatments and physical therapy sessions.
The following catastrophic injuries can be sustained in a rear-end collision:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Neck injuries
- Internal injuries
However, insurance companies often dispute claims involving rear-end collisions, especially if a survivor’s symptoms include chronic pain or neck injuries. It’s important to contact a qualified attorney as soon as possible to protect the value of your claim. A personal injury lawyer can investigate your case and negotiate with the defendant’s insurance company on your behalf. At Pratt Clay, LLC, we also take great care in calculating a survivor’s existing and projected injury-related expenses. With this information in hand, we can effectively counter an insurance company’s lowball settlement offer and do everything in our power to maximize your claim. If necessary, we can even take your case to court and litigate for a verdict that safeguards your quality of life.
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Contact the attorneys at Pratt Clay if you or a loved one has been harmed by the actions of a negligent driver. With our assistance, you can recover monetary damages that provide for your medical expenses, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, and more. Our firm is back ed by decades of legal experience and multiple multi-million-dollar verdicts. If you’re ready to pursue compensation, rely on a legal team that knows what it takes to stand up to powerful insurance companies and win.