Rear-end car accidents are one of the most common types of automotive collisions in the US. They cost citizens millions of dollars in damages every year.
Victims of rear-end car accidents should never have to cover the costly medical bills, lost income, and destroyed property. If you’re a victim of such an accident in LA, Los Angeles car accident attorneys can help. El Dabe Trial Lawyers have the skills and knowledge to help you pursue your compensation for rear-end car accident injuries.
Common Rear-end Accident Injuries
Here are the most common injuries that result from rear-end car accidents:
Many victims of rear-end car accidents suffer whiplash, because of the violent, sudden motion of the neck and head. A whiplash injury can be even more severe if the driver is caught unawares. That’s because he or she has no chance to brace for the impact and their muscles stay in a relaxed state instead of a contracted one. As a result, the head, neck and back move more violently, raising the risk of serious injury.
The initial symptoms of a whiplash injury might not be immediately apparent, because of the adrenaline rush. It might take days or weeks for the injury to manifest itself.
2. Back Injuries
Even collisions that happen at low speeds can lead to severe back injuries. That’s because the force of the wreck exerts extreme pressure on the victim’s vertebrae. The force’s impact can lead to the compression of some parts in the lower spinal column. The end result may be soreness or excruciating pain in the lower back.
3. Head and Brain Injuries
Any rear-end car accident injuries to the head should be taken with extreme seriousness. Even when the airbags in the vehicle deployed correctly, the head may still be struck. That can cause a concussion, swelling, loss of consciousness, bruising or lacerations.
Similar to a whiplash injury, the symptoms of traumatic brain injury (TBI) might not be readily apparent. They might be noticeable after several days. Such symptoms include dizziness, fatigue, personality changes, impaired speech, loss of consciousness, and reduced cognitive performance.
4. Wrist and Arm Injuries
When a crash happens, the driver usually has his or her hands on the vehicle’s steering wheel. Additionally, some drivers who see a vehicle approaching from behind brace themselves for impact by gripping the steering wheel tight. That reaction can bring serious harm on the driver’s arm, hand and wrist. The driver can suffer a broken or sprained wrist, or a shoulder dislocation.
5. Spinal Cord Paralysis
An extremely severe brain or spinal injury can lead to complete or partial paralysis. Typically, the paralysis level depends on the parts affected in the collision, and the severity of the injuries in those parts. Injuries to the spinal discs and specific areas of the brain put the victim at a higher risk of becoming paralyzed.
Seek Medical Help As Soon As Possible
You should see a doctor immediately after a rear-end accident regardless of whether you notice any injury symptoms. After that, if the collision wasn’t your fault, you should have your injuries assessed. That way, if you opt to file a personal injury case against the at-fault party, you’ll have proof of the injuries sustained.
Waiting too long to visit a doctor, gives your insurance provider a chance to deny your claim. Additionally, you’ll be forgoing the opportunity to pursue compensation for your medical fees, loss of property and pain and suffering. So, see a doctor immediately after the accident, and contact a skilled car accident attorney.