Each day in Alabama, approximately 120 people are injured, and two lives are lost in car accidents. A motor vehicle accident was reported nearly every four minutes in this state in 2015 and a majority (70.6%) involved more than one vehicle.
One of the most common types of vehicle crashes is the rear-end collision, which happens when the front bumper of one vehicle collides with the back end of another. These may seem like minor “fender bender” accidents at first glance, but they can cause severe damage to both your car and body. If you are in doubt about seeking medical attention after a rear-end collision, the fact that these injuries add up to significant losses means that this is probably something you should consider.
When You Don’t Believe You’ve Been Hurt After a Crash
It’s not uncommon to walk away from even a serious crash believing that you are “fine.” Why does this happen? When you are involved in a crash, you will receive an instant boost of adrenaline and endorphins that will raise your energy levels and even mask pain.
After being involved in a car crash, you may feel as if you’ve downed a few too many cups of coffee, which is a sign that these natural chemicals in your body are in a heightened state. Once they subside, there is a good chance that you will begin to feel the pain and soreness that is associated with many rear-end collision accidents.
Common Injuries After a Rear End Collision
After a minor accident, you may not want to seek medical care, but there is a chance that your injuries could be severe. In fact, some major injuries may not become evident for hours or even days after a crash. Some of the common injuries that result from rear-end vehicle crashes include:
- Whiplash injuries. A whiplash injury is a painful collision injury that results from the head and neck jerking back and forth.
- Chest injuries. Chest injuries can result from hitting the steering wheel or the impact with a deployed airbag. You may also inhale dust which will affect your respiration.
- Back injuries. A variety of low, mid, and upper back injuries can result from rear-end collision accidents, and these can be serious.
Why You Should Seek Medical Attention After a Rear End Collision
Following any type of car accident, you should see a doctor as soon as possible, even if you are unsure about injuries. A medical professional is the one who can run the appropriate tests and give you a thorough examination, deciding whether you have sustained any injuries. A physician can also give you recommendations on proper care and follow up as well as any warning signs to watch for in the coming days and weeks.
If you are seriously injured and make a claim for damages, it is vital that you have documentation from health care professionals regarding the nature and extent of your injuries. If you wait too long to seek this care, it will impede your bargaining position with an insurance company.
Alabama is a Fault State
Another reason to seek medical attention right away after a rear-end collision is that Alabama is an “at fault” state. In most rear-end collisions, the car in the rear as at fault, but you don’t want to take any chances.
When you are injured, you could have any number of damages that include medical care, lost wages, and pain and suffering. You will need to prove how the accident occurred, and the extent of the damages, which includes showing that you’ve been seriously hurt.
Speak with an Experienced Alabama Accident Attorney
Following a car accident, an insurance company may attempt a quick settlement to close your case or could try to get you to admit fault through a statement. These representatives do not have your best interests in mind, and you should avoid speaking with them until you have consulted with an experienced accident attorney that can protect your rights.
At Burge & Burge, PC, we represent the victims of some of the most serious car accidents throughout the Birmingham area. Contact our office now at 205-251-9000 or reach us online to schedule a free consultation.