You never saw it coming. Or maybe you did. The circumstances surrounding rear end collisions tend to vary. More often than not an innocent driver is abiding by traffic laws when they’re struck from behind without any warning at all. In other instances drivers see the whole thing as it unfolds but are defenseless as preventing another motorist from causing a rear end crash is rarely possible.
Rear end crashes often result in multiple injuries.
Whiplash is perhaps the most common injury endured. Whiplash occurs when a sudden force causes your neck or head to strain, stretch, or tear muscles and tendons in the neck. Whiplash can ultimately lead to joint dysfunction, limitations in range of movement, and chronic pain among other ailments.
Other serious injuries often include compression of the spine, disk herniation, and facial injuries including lacerations, broken nose and jaw bones, and serious head trauma.
All drivers have irrefutable duties, including providing basic up keep to their vehicle to meet basic safety requirements, following local traffic laws, refraining from driving recklessly, and being vigilant of other drivers and pedestrians. A driver who rear ends another driver is almost certainly not vigilant of other drivers and therefore would be considered negligent.
Getting back on your feet.
The steps following a rear end collision mirror those of other crash types.
- Gather evidence, photos and ask any witnesses to provide a statement.
- Be sure that police are contacted right away.
- File necessary police reports
- Contact an experienced injury attorney
All drivers should note that regardless of how blatantly negligent the other party’s actions were, if you yourself contributed to the crash in any way (for example, if you were texting) you may be found partially liable. Experienced personal injury attorneys know how to thoroughly vet all of the circumstances surrounding a crash and will help to protect your rights and ensure you receive just compensation.
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