Rear-end collisions are very common. Roughly one-third of the traffic accidents in 2019 involved a rear-end collision. Insurance companies try to minimize the injuries and damages caused by rear-end crashes. They refer to rear-end accidents as “fender benders.” However, rear-end collisions can cause traumatic injuries. Our South Carolina personal injury attorney works with insurance companies to recover full compensation for our victims of rear-end car accidents.
Neck Injuries and Whiplash Caused by Rear-End Collisions
Whiplash is one of the most common injuries caused by rear-end car accidents. Whiplash is a strain or sprain of the neck that occurs when the head is forcefully “whipped” back and forth. When a vehicle is rear-ended, it causes the occupant’s head to whip back and forth forcefully.
Generally, people recover from whiplash in a few weeks with rest and minimal medical treatment. However, some cases of whiplash can cause chronic pain, limited range of motion, and long-term complications.
A doctor might prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs, pain medications, and antidepressants. In some cases, the neck injury may be more severe and require muscle relaxants and a cervical collar. Physical therapy and cervical traction may also be prescribed in some cases.
Other Injuries Sustained in Rear-End Collisions
In addition to neck injuries, occupants in a rear-end accident can sustain injuries including:
- Back and spinal injuries
- Bone fractures and broken bones
- Wrist, arm, and hand injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries and skull fractures
- Facial injuries
- Seatbelt syndrome
- Internal organ injuries
The sudden force from a vehicle hitting the rear of your vehicle causes your body to jerk forward. Depending on the severity of the crash, you could hit the steering wheel, dashboard, or window. The airbag and seatbelt may cushion some of the impact from the crash, but the impact can still injure your face, head, and torso.
It is normal to feel aches and pains after a rear-end accident. Do not ignore those pains and aches. It is always best to seek medical attention after a car accident. Some injuries may be masked by the shock and release of adrenaline after a car crash.
Some injuries could worsen over time, especially if you do not receive prompt medical treatment. Delays in medical care could also cause problems with a personal injury claim.
Damages Available for a Rear-End Accident Claim
South Carolina is an at-fault insurance state. All drivers are required to have minimum amounts of bodily injury liability insurance. If the other driver caused your accident, you could file a claim seeking compensation for you:
- Medical bills and expenses
- Therapy costs
- Loss of income and benefits
- Physical pain and suffering
- Diminished earning capacity
- Emotional suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Mental anguish
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Decreased quality of life
The amount of your claim depends on the severity of your injuries and other facts of the case. The insurance company may downplay your injuries or claim that a case of whiplash is not severe enough to require medical care or loss of income. An accident lawyer can review your case and advise you of your legal options to recover money for your injuries and damages.
Contact Our South Carolina Personal Injury Attorneys for a Free Consultation
Rear-end collisions can cause severe injuries. You deserve fair compensation for all damages. Call our law office today to schedule your free case evaluation with an experienced South Carolina personal injury attorney.