Every year rear-end collisions make up about 30 percent of all motor vehicle crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Many assume rear-end accidents are minor, but that isn’t the case. Rear-end accidents can leave both drivers with serious injuries. Determining who is at fault for your injuries is crucial when seeking compensation and speaking with a lawyer is the best way to start.
Injuries you can be compensated for
Getting hit by another car from behind is enough to cause some serious damage. The force of impact is enough to jerk the body around, harming anyone in the car. Depending on how fast the driver from behind was going, occupants of both cars are at risk of suffering injuries. Some of the most common rear-end accident injuries include:
- Whiplash – This is the most common injury caused by rear-end accidents. The force of impact jolts the head back and forth, possibly injuring the neck, shoulder, and upper back.
- Head injuries – Rear-end accidents create the risk of head injuries, which should never be taken lightly. The force of impact can cause a traumatic brain injury (TBI) like a concussion.
- Back and spinal injuries – Injuries to your spine can affect you for the rest of your life. Back muscles and ligaments can also be injured on impact.
- Broken bones and fractures – There are many different ways a person can break a bone in a rear-end accident. When airbags deploy, the force can crush a person’s chest, and break rib bones. Pressure from the seat belt can also crack ribs.
Getting compensation after your accident
If you were hit by a car from behind, you deserve to be compensated, especially if you were harmed due to the carelessness of another driver. Most rear-end accidents happen due to the negligence of other drivers, whether that's speeding, following too closely, or distracted driving. If you were in a rear-end accident, you could be compensated for:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
In most cases, the rear car driver is deemed at fault, but there are some exceptions. That’s why it is in your best interest to talk to a lawyer.
Why should I hire a rear-end accident lawyer?
Even though your accident was not your fault, you may have difficulty seeking compensation.
The experienced car accident attorneys at Romanow Law Group know how to get their clients results. Our legal team fights for every dollar our clients deserve. To learn more about how we can help you, contact us today and schedule your free consultation. Our office is conveniently located in Pittsburgh, PA.