Even though a T-bone accident or a front-end collision can be horrific, the rear-end collision can also be just as devastating. Between whiplash, broken bones, and traumatic brain injuries, a rear-end collision can lead to excruciating injuries. The body goes through quite a bit in these crashes, with the most severe damage caused by high rates of speed.
Rear-end collisions are one of the most common forms of car accidents. The momentum of the striking vehicle is absorbed by your vehicle and your body. The more energy you absorb, in most cases, the more injured you’ll be.
Your body will jolt forward on impact and then slam back against your seat. This can cause serious injuries to your brain, neck, shoulders, spine, and even lower portions of your body. Your torso will be constricted by the seat belt: this is what keeps you from flying out of the windshield, but the energy is great enough to cause broken ribs. Airbags work the same way, except the force is exerted against your face and neck, which can lead to brain trauma, eye trauma, and even spinal cord injuries.
There can even be damage to your organs. Organs are held in cavities and they can move inside those cavities when your body absorbs the momentum of a car accident. Your organs can tear and rupture depending on the severity of the crash. The brain does the same thing when your head whips back and forth, leading to axonal brain injuries. (Brainline.org offers a short video that shows exactly what happens to the brain during a crash.)
For this reason alone, it is vital that you seek immediate medical care following an accident. Just because you aren’t in pain doesn’t mean that your injuries aren’t serious.
Compensation for rear-end accident injuries
The driver who rear-ended your vehicle should be held accountable for the crash and your injuries. This means that you can seek compensation from them or their insurance company for the following:
- Lost wages
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
Mezrano Law Firm puts its experience to work for our clients, investigating your accident, interviewing witnesses, and building a case to help you recover compensation for your injuries. We understand that insurance companies will attempt to settle your claim outside of court for very little. We will fight to protect your rights at every stage of the battle. Call us today at 205-206-6300 to schedule a consultation or complete our contact form. We serve all of Alabama from our offices in Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Mobile, Montgomery, Florence, and Gadsden.