Rear-end collisions are often thought of as minor traffic accidents. These crashes usually occur when there is little to no speed with at least one of the vehicles, unlike other types of crashes that often take place at high speeds. The truth is, however, that rear-end collisions can result in serious injuries.
According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), almost 30 percent of car accidents that occur each year are rear-end crashes. This comes out to more than 1.7 million accidents, leaving approximately half-million victims seriously injured.
Although less than 10 percent of rear-end crashes result in the death of a victim, there can still be severe injuries sustained that leave long-lasting medical issues. If you were injured in a rear-end crash, contact a North Carolina personal injury attorney to find out how we can help get you the financial compensation you deserve.
Common Rear-End Crash Injuries
Brain Injuries: One of the most severe and long-term injuries that a victim can suffer in a rear-end collision is a brain injury. Medical issues that a victim can struggle with include blurred vision, difficulties with concentration and memory, and chronic headaches. Brain injuries often mean long recovery periods for the victim and that usually means they are unable to work during that time or even perform day-to-day activities.
Whiplash: A whiplash injury occurs when there is a quick and snapping back and forth movement of the victim’s neck, the same way a whip moves when cracked (hence the name). The leading cause of whiplash injuries is rear-end crashes. Although victims who suffer whiplash injuries usually heal in a few months, there are actually many whiplash victims who face months and months of dealing with the symptoms of whiplash, including chronic headaches and neck pain.
Fractured Bones: Another common injury victims suffer in rear-end crashes are fractured bones. The most common are fractures of the skull and eye sockets, which often occur because the victim’s face is slammed into the dashboard upon crash impact. The impact will also cause airbags to inflate, which can result in fractured ribs of the victim.
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If you or a loved one has suffered a rear-end crash injury as a result of another party’s negligent or reckless actions, contact a North Carolina car accident attorney from Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp. It is critical to remember that North Carolina has placed a statute of limitation for how long victims have to file a claim for damages against those responsible for their injuries, so do not delay.
Failure to file before that legal deadline could mean you lose any chance of ever filing your claim or getting justice against the person responsible for you or your loved one’s injuries. Call our office today to set up a free and confidential case evaluation with one of our dedicated car accident attorneys.
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