The National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) data shows that rear-end collisions account for over 30 percent of all car accidents. Many are caused by dangerous driving behaviors such as tailgating or texting while driving. Most happen at low speed, but can still cause significant injuries.
With rear-end collisions fault is usually clear, but there are other complications that can arise in these types of cases. Talk to the experienced West Virginia personal injury attorneys at Hewitt & Salvatore for the sound legal counsel you need to navigate your injury claim and get you the monetary compensation you deserve.
What Can Be Complicated About Rear-End Collision Injury Claims?
The fact that many rear-end collisions occur at lower speeds and, thus, have lower resulting property damage can make this type of injury claim complicated. Insurance company claims adjusters generally associated claim value with the amount of property damage. An adjuster will almost always be skeptical that a claim with low property damage could have any serious injuries associated with it. They will devalue your claim accordingly. This makes consistent medical care and follow-up medical care even more important in rear-end collision cases. The medical records will be evidence that you did, in fact, sustain substantial injuries even though your car may not have sustained a high amount of property damage.
Additionally, substantiating rear-end collision injuries can be difficult. This is due in large part to the fact that whiplash is the most commonly sustained serious injury resulting from a rear-end collision. Whiplash is a soft tissue neck injury which means it is nearly impossible to have radiographic proof of your injury. It happens when a driver or passenger experiences a sudden jolting backward and forward movement to the head. It is like their neck has been cracked like a whip. It can result in serious ongoing pain and increase the probability of future injury to the neck.
Whiplash symptoms include:
- Radiating neck, shoulder, and arm pain
- Ringing in the ears
- Blurry vision
Because whiplash is a soft tissue injury, insurance adjusters frequently view it as an insubstantial injury. That is why you should seek medical attention immediately after an accident and be consistent with regular follow-up medical care. The full extent of your whiplash injury may take some time to unfold and you want medical record documentation of your full range of symptoms and your treatment plan.
Treatment for whiplash can include:
- Physical therapy
- Chiropractic treatment
- Tens unit
- Pain medication
- Anti-inflammatory medication
Standing Up for the Injured
Rear-end collisions are serious incidents that can substantially impact the lives of those who are injured in them. Insurance companies, unfortunately, do not give them their due credit. The tenacious personal injury attorneys at Hewitt & Salvatore stand up for the injured and hold insurance companies accountable. We are here for you. To make sure your injuries are taken seriously and to stand up to the insurance companies.