Rear-end collisions are among the most common accidents on our roadways. While many people think of such accidents as fender benders, it’s important to recognize that rear-end collisions can actually be quite serious – and dangerous. If another motorist leaves you injured in a rear-end collision, you need the professional legal counsel of an experienced Las Vegas personal injury attorney on your side.
The injury most closely associated with rear-end accidents is whiplash, which is often exceedingly painful, slow to heal, and can lead to long-term complications, including chronic neck pain. According to the Mayo Clinic, whiplash is caused when the neck is whipped back and forth with impact (much like a whip cracking). The symptoms associated with whiplash, include:
The impact of a rear-end collision can lead to broken bones, which are exceedingly painful injuries that are very slow to heal. Further, a broken bone that doesn’t heal properly can lead to serious complications, chronic pain, and even permanent disability.
A rear-end accident can lead to spinal cord injuries, which refers to injuries that occur anywhere on the spine. These injuries are not only very painful but can also be debilitating. A serious spinal cord injury can leave the sufferer permanently paralyzed below the injury site.
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are caused by impact to the head (or by the head whipping back and forth – as can occur in rear-end accidents), and they include concussions. TBIs are extremely serious injuries that are also extremely unpredictable. Victims of TBIs can be left with cognitive and physical impairments, that can create challenges at home, work, or school. Many sufferers experience increased anxiety, depression, and isolation, which makes these injuries even more serious.
Every rear-end accident is unique with its own set of circumstances, but these accidents can result in serious injuries and must always be taken seriously. If you’ve been hit from behind, don’t immediately assume the accident is merely an inconvenience. Certain injuries, such as TBIs and whiplash, can be slow to present with symptoms, but early diagnosis offers the best chance of achieving your fullest recovery. This means that seeking medical attention after a rear-end collision is always in the best interest of your health.
Many people take rear-end accidents less seriously, but you are ill-advised to do so. The injuries associated with these accidents can be very dangerous and should never be discounted. The dedicated personal injury attorneys at Breeden and Associates – Malpractice and Injury Law – in Los Vegas are on your side and are committed to advocating on your behalf for the compensation to which you are entitled. We’re here to help, so please don’t hesitate to contact or call us at (702) 819-7770 for a free consultation today.
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