Rear-End Accidents Happen Most Frequently
Most drivers experience an accident at some time in their lives. Some crashes are minor, while others may be more serious. Rear-end accidents are among the most frequent types of crashes. Rear-end accidents often seem minor at first, but those involved may not immediately realize that they are hurt. The driver and passengers may begin to notice symptoms hours after the incident, or maybe not even until the next day.
Whiplash Due to Rear-End Accidents
Whiplash is also known as a sprained or strained neck. It is injury that occurs to the vertebrae, ligaments, and muscles in the neck. It is one of the most common injuries that may occur in rear-end collisions. The injury is caused by a sudden jerking forward of the head, such as what happens when a vehicle comes to a sudden stop. The forward motion of the vehicle continues, creating a strong pull on the head and neck.
Treatment for Neck and Back Injuries
Neck and back injuries can be serious, and may require extensive treatment. In some cases, surgery is necessary to repair back injuries. Quick medical evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment are necessary for the best possible outcome. A person with a neck or back injury should not be moved until paramedics can stabilize the area.
Seek Medical Care Immediately After the Accident
Regardless of the circumstances, anyone who was involved in a vehicle accident should seek medical care immediately. Many injuries, especially those involving the neck or back, may not be immediately apparent for a number of hours or days after the impact. However, the failure to go to the hospital right away could be viewed as a sign that you were not seriously hurt. For this reason, it is advisable to visit the doctor as soon as possible.
Speak With an Attorney after an Accident
Those who suffer severe injuries due to rear-end accidents may suffer a great deal of pain, and may accumulate large medical bills. When an accident was caused by the negligence of another driver, he may be held responsible for all, or a portion of, your damages. Damages may include medical costs, rehabilitation expenses, lost wages, and money for pain and suffering. It may be necessary to file a lawsuit to get the compensation you deserve.
If you were hurt in an accident, call the experienced personal injury attorneys at Udall Shumway PLC to learn more about your case.
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