When you’re hit from behind, a rear end collision, your first thought may be that it’s just a ‘fender bender’ and no big deal. However, even if the other driver wasn’t going fast when they caused the rear end collision, you may still have injuries that show up several days or weeks later. The injuries cause pain, doctor visits and lost hours at work.
The most common injury in a rear end collision is whiplash. The symptoms may show up right away, or they may not. Or, you may think that you’re healed from the injury, and months or year afterward you may have ongoing pain from that one injury.
Insurance companies want to settle claims quickly to move them off the books. However, if you’re involved in a rear end collision, the best thing you can do is talk with a car accident lawyer and let the lawyer work with the insurance company. You don’t need to feel the pressure from the insurance company’s desire to close the claim.
Rear end collision whiplash
A whiplash may cause you pain in the neck. However, you may have other symptoms in addition to or instead of neck pain, such as:
- Dizzy feeling
- Blurred vision
- Pain in back, arm or shoulder
- Loss of range of motion in neck
- Tingling sensation in the neck
- Foggy thinking/difficulty concentrating
If you’re rear-ended in a car accident, the first thing to do is get medical attention and tell the doctor that you were in a car wreck. Diagnosing whiplash isn’t always easy, because the injury is more soft issue than something like a broken bone that shows up easily on an x-ray. Whiplash injuries combine the nervous system, muscles, joints and connective tissue. You want to talk with a medical professional who understands whiplash to ensure that you get the most effective treatment.
Negligence as the cause of a rear end collision
When you’re rear-ended, the cause was probably negligence from the driver behind you, or you may be the negligent person. Negligence comes from distractions such as texting, talking on the phone or paying attention to kids in the back seat. The person who hits you may also be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or be too drowsy to drive. Finally, sometimes people simply aren’t paying attention and respond to the light instead of the car directly ahead of them.
Having documentation of the accident and your medical bills are both important, but proving negligence is your car accident attorney’s job. Letting your lawyer work with the insurance company gives you the best opportunity to receive all of the compensation that you’re due and not settle before you know your true medical picture going forward. Please contact us if you’ve been in an accident and have questions. We specialize in helping people who have been injured in car accidents.