One of the most common types of car accidents seen throughout Oklahoma is rear-end collisions. Most often, rear-end collisions occur due to distracted driving, congested traffic conditions, and failure to leave enough stopping distance. However, these crashes can also occur in merging accidents, drunk or drugged driving wrecks, and when motorists are driving aggressively.
Your body will surely feel the impact of a rear-end collision. Although these car accidents are often considered some of the least serious types of crashes, the impact of these types of collisions can be felt for years. Injury victims may be entitled to compensation for their damages and suffering when another party’s negligence is the cause of the collision.
A dedicated Oklahoma rear-end collision attorney at BDIW Law can help you determine whether you have the right to take legal action against those responsible. We will evaluate the impact your injuries have had on your life to determine whether you have the right to compensation for your damages. Here is more about how your body and life could be affected by the fallout of a rear-end collision.
What Happens During a Rear-End Collision
Before being involved in a rear-end collision, you might have assumed that these were minor car accidents. However, the impact of a rear-end collision on your body is often far greater than the damage it causes to your car or truck. While the vehicle might absorb a substantial amount of force related to the collision, the effects on your body are undeniable.
When your automobile is struck from behind, the momentum is transferred from that car into yours and subsequently into your body. This may cause your body to jerk forward violently and absorb a greater impact than anticipated. Your chest and torso will slam against your seatbelt because your body will continue moving even if your vehicle stops.
It is not uncommon for rear-end collision victims to suffer severe bodily injuries that can affect muscles, internal organs, the neck, spine, head, and other tissues as your body continues to move forward upon impact. The faster the vehicle that hit you was moving, the greater the impact on your body. It is not uncommon for soft tissues and organs to rupture upon impact in high-speed rear-end collisions.
The Effects of the Moment of Impact on Your Body
In some types of motor vehicle accidents, you have some time to prepare yourself. You might see the vehicle coming and brace your arms against the roof of the car or the dashboard, for example. However, you do not have this luxury when you are struck from behind.
Without being able to brace for impact, your likelihood of suffering severe injuries is far greater. You will be at an increased risk of absorbing the full force of the collision when you cannot brace for the impact. This often causes severe internal injuries that initially appear invisible but could prove life-threatening or fatal without immediate medical attention.
Common Types of Injuries Seen in Rear-End Collisions
Despite the fact that rear-end collisions are assumed to be minor car crashes, the injuries victims sustain are often devastating. Our clients have endured a wide variety of injuries after being hit from behind. Some examples of such injuries could include:
- Herniated discs
- Soft tissue injuries
- Internal bleeding
- Septic shock
- Back injuries
- Compound fractures
- Organ failure
- Facial injuries
- Broken bones
- Neck injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Facial trauma
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Future Implications of a Rear-End Collision
After being involved in a rear-end collision, it is important to consider the future implications of the accident and your resulting injuries. Since your body will have absorbed the full force of the accident, you should expect to require substantial medical intervention and treatment. You may need medical treatment and ongoing physical or occupational therapy for the foreseeable future while you recuperate.
In some instances, your injuries may be so severe that you require home health care, medical home accommodations, medical devices and equipment, and long-term treatment. You may be stuck dealing with permanent disabilities as a result of your rear-end collision. It is important for your attorney to consider the future effects of your rear-end collision injuries so we can accurately calculate the value of your claim and ensure you are compensated fairly for your suffering.
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What to Do After a Rear-End Collision
The steps you take immediately after your rear-end collision could have a substantial impact on your personal injury or insurance claims. Do not hesitate to call the police and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) for help. Do not let the liable party convince you that calling the police is not in your best interests.
At the accident scene, call a highly experienced car accident attorney for help. We can either meet you at the scene of your rear-end collision or visit you and your hospital room to get started on your case as soon as possible. If you are unable to come down to our office for a free consultation, we can also schedule a virtual consultation at your convenience.
While you wait for emergency responders to arrive at the accident scene, do what you can to collect as much supporting evidence as possible. Once emergency responders arrive, get the medical evaluation and treatment you need. These medical records will prove invaluable in your attempt to hold the liable party accountable for their negligence.
Consider Your Legal Opportunities. Get Help from a Respected Car Accident Attorney at BDIW Law Today
Rear-end collisions may be far more serious than you initially thought. If you are dealing with extreme emotional distress, impactful physical injuries, and considerable financial losses, the liable party should be expected to cover these costs. Fortunately, you do not need to hold them accountable alone.
A proven Oklahoma car accident lawyer at the BDIW Law can help you recover maximum compensation for your damages. The liable party should cover every expense and ensure you have access to the funds you need to move forward with your life. Let us help you make them pay.
Contact our team to request your free, no-obligation consultation. If you were involved in a rear-end collision in Stillwater, Oklahoma City, Ponca City, or another nearby community, our firm can advocate for your rights. Fill out our secured contact form or call us to get started as soon as today.
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