Car accidents are an unfortunate fact of life. Even if you do everything right and drive safely, following all the rules and signs of the road, you can’t control other drivers and their actions. One minute, you’re securely stopped at a red light, and then suddenly you’re struck from behind by another vehicle.
Sometimes rear-end collisions seem harmless at first, but then a day later, you wake up with shooting pains in your neck. Or you may have been rear-ended by a vehicle going above the speed limit and now find your car totaled and yourself seriously injured. You may be asking yourself, “What do I do now?”
If you or a loved one were injured in a rear-end car accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries and the property damage sustained because of the rear-end collision. The award-winning legal team at Chapman Injury Lawyers is ready to listen to your case and consult with you on your next moves. Don’t hesitate to call us today at (812) 461-6693 for a stress-free and completely free evaluation of your case.
Rear-end collisions are the most common type of accident, accounting for about 30% of all accidents in the U.S. In this country, there are almost 2 million of these types of accidents a year. Some people mistakenly think that rear-end collisions are minor fender benders, primarily affecting the vehicles’ bumpers. In fact, rear-end collisions are responsible for almost 2,000 deaths, and half a million injuries a year.
One of the most common causes of rear-end accidents is distraction; specifically, a driver who fails to pay attention to a red light or stopped car, causing them to rear-end the car in front of them. The constant and often unpredictable stopping and starting that occurs during heavy rush hour traffic is another common cause of rear-end collisions. Speeding can also lead to rear-end collisions as a driver may be going too fast to effectively react to a car stopping at a red light or stop sign.
Rear-end collisions are not always limited to just two vehicles. Sometimes the impact is so hard that the vehicle receiving the hit is pushed into hitting the car in front of it. Some rear-end hits could push a car to oncoming traffic, causing an even deadlier and more damaging crash. The damage rear-end accidents can cause should not be underestimated.
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What Is Whiplash?
Rear-end accidents can result in numerous types of injuries, such as head and brain injuries, facial injuries, internal injuries, and wrist and arm injuries. One of the most common injuries sustained in rear-end collisions is whiplash. You may have heard the name before, but what exactly is whiplash?
Whiplash is an injury of the neck caused by an unnaturally rapid back and forth movement. Your neck is a complex structure, and multiple injuries can occur within it that fall under the whiplash category. It can range from a minor strain of the neck muscles to more severe injuries of the vertebrae that lead to long-term nerve damage.
Symptoms of Whiplash
One dangerous aspect of whiplash is that you may not feel the injury right away. In fact, many people do not feel anything for the first 24 hours after the rear-end crash and then begin to experience symptoms later on. Read below to see if your symptoms match those of whiplash.
Common Symptoms of Whiplash Include:
It’s important to seek medical attention immediately following your accident because your physician may be able to identify injuries, such as whiplash, that you’re not even aware of yet.
In some cases, it is relatively easy to determine fault in a rear-end collision. For example, if a driver distracted by their cellphone does not notice the cars stopped at a red light in front of them and ends up hitting one, they are the ones at fault. Overall, the tailing driver is most likely to be at fault. Likewise, in the case where one driver is stopped and the other is moving, there’s a high probability that the moving car will be the one at fault.
But it’s not always so simple, and it’s not always the tailing or moving car that’s at fault. Negligent driving behavior by the leading car also causes rear-end accidents. For instance, if a driver suddenly stops without reason, they could be at fault, especially on a stretch of road that has no stop signs or traffic lights, such as a freeway. If the leading driver’s brake lights are out, this also has the potential to make them liable.
If you are unsure who’s at fault in your case, or what constitutes negligent behavior, you can give us a call and speak with one of our experienced car accident attorneys.
Chapman Injury Lawyers works on contingency. This means that we do not take any money in the beginning, and our services do not require a deposit or initial down payment. When you speak to us, we will carefully evaluate your case to make sure you understand your legal options. If taking action is appropriate, our dedicated legal team will do all the necessary work, such as collecting evidence, filing your injury claim, and negotiating on your behalf with the insurance company.
We only collect a fee if we secure compensation for you, either through a settlement or a verdict. Our goal to get you the biggest settlement offer possible, so you have the means to recover from a devastating accident.
Our Evansville car accident attorneys will work skillfully and tirelessly to recover the full compensation you deserve for your damages, such as your rapidly growing medical expenses, your lost wages, and your pain and suffering. We won’t give up until we receive the settlement or verdict you deserve.
Chapman Injury Lawyers is located in Evansville, Indiana, and we also service clients in Kentucky and Illinois. Give us a call at (812) 426-0600 or click here to tell us more about your accident. We are ready to fight for you.