Car accidents happen in all sorts of ways – from head on collisions, to sideswipes, to being hit from behind. All of these types of accidents are common, but a rear end collision is one of the most frequently reported type of injury. That means having an idea of what to expect if you are hit from behind important, so you know how to handle a rear end accident if this happens to you. There is an old saying that if you are hit from behind the fault is rarely yours, which means you should take action right away to protect your rights and demand all that is rightfully yours.
The top three types of injuries in personal injury cases involving a rear end accident are:
- Whiplash: when your car is struck from behind you are thrown forward and jerked back forcefully. This type of movement can cause your neck to snap forward and back quickly, causing significant injury. The soft tissue of your neck is not mean to withstand this type of sudden movement and the pain can be long lasting.
- Back injuries: when hit from behind your back is not in the best position to brace for impact. The sheer force of another car slamming into you can cause severe lower back pain, as spine is compressed in place against the seat.
- Injuries from an airbag: while an airbag can save your life, it can also cause serious injuries. The force of the airbag opening can jerk your head backward and even burn or cut your skin. It is also not uncommon for an airbag to deploy and break bones, such as the fragile bones found in your face and nose.
The reason most injuries in a rear end collision are so severe is that many drivers are caught off guard when hit, and unable to take evasive action or brace for impact. Victims are entitled to repayment for medical costs, lost wages, loss of future earning capacity, pain and suffering, and are also entitled to recover the costs associated with repairing or replacing their vehicle. We gather the evidence you need to make a claim, and pursue full and fair compensation for your injuries.
If you have been in an accident and suffered an injury, call the attorneys at Yetnikoff Law Offices, PLLC right away for help. Call us at 800-279-6331 or visit us online for more information.