Rear-end accidents, a serious problem on Los Angeles roadways, can cause a host of physical injuries from whiplash to severe brain injuries. Over 2.5 million rear-end collisions are reported annually, according to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, and are the common type of accident in America.
If you have been involved in a rear-end collision, it’s important to increase your understanding of personal injury accident claims, the potential ramifications of the accident, and exactly what your legal options may be.
Rear-End Accidents Have the Potential for Life-Long Impact
When a vehicle does not stop in time and crashes into the back of a stopped car, the occupants of both vehicles undergo a tremendous amount of force, most of which is absorbed by the head or neck. If the force was strong enough, those injuries may cause a lifetime of problems. Common injuries after a rear-end collision include:
Whiplash – Whiplash injuries occur when the neck is whipped forward and back, causing injury to the cervical area, neck, and head. This causes ongoing problems with headaches and neck pains, and in severe cases, it can lead to spinal cord damage.
Spinal cord injuries – A strong impact can cause spinal cord injuries, and possibly lead to loss of motor function, disability, and paralysis.
Impact injuries – If your body is forced against the steering wheel or dashboard as a result of the crash, you may experience impact injuries, such as broken bones, internal bleeding, or severe bruising.
No all injuries resulting from rear-end collisions show up immediately after the incident, making them challenging cases to file claims for. It may be hours or even days before the injury manifests. This may cause some victims to fail to make the connection between the injury and the accident, thus preventing them from getting compensation from the at-fault driver. This is why you should consult not only with a chiropractor or doctor as soon as practicable following a rear-end collision, but also a qualified Los Angeles rear-end accidents attorney.
Common Causes of Los Angeles Rear-End Accidents
Life in Los Angeles can be very fast-paced and hectic, and residents are sometimes fooled into believing they can multi-task exceptionally well. Harried driving and attempting to multi-task while driving can lead to problems that result in serious rear-end collisions. Common contributing accident factors can include:
Driving at an unsafe speed
Poor weather conditions
Improperly maintained vehicles or roadways