This post discusses NC Rear-End Collision Injuries. If you or a loved one has suffered physical and/or emotional injuries after a rear-end collision that you did not cause, read on. The Bishop Law Firm provides free case evaluations, and we do not get paid unless you win!
Obtaining medical treatment immediately after your accident and following all medical advice is important for your NC Personal Injury case, but it is crucial for your health. If you have not sought medical treatment after your accident, please do so as soon as possible.
The injuries that can be suffered as a result of a rear-end collision range from “soft-tissue” to catastrophic, depending upon several factors, such as speed, vehicle type and size, and whether the occupants of the vehicles were properly wearing their seat belts, to name a few. The injuries suffered are also dictated by the mechanism of the wreck, and whether the injured individual had any pre-existing conditions that are aggravated or triggered by the force of the wreck.
For example, if you are rear-ended by someone traveling 45 miles per hour, the energy of the impact will pass through your vehicle, and your body, at the same rate of speed. Your body and vehicle will also move in the same direction as the energy is going. Thus, if your vehicle was struck squarely in the rear, your vehicle and body will be pushed in the same forward motion; whereas if your vehicle was struck more on the left side, your vehicle and body will be pushed in a leftward motion. This push can cause various injuries to your neck, back, shoulders, legs and even your brain.
Your injuries can also come from the blunt force trauma of your body colliding with equipment inside your vehicle, other individuals in your vehicle, or other objects or fixtures. For example, if your head hits the steering wheel on impact, it may cause a concussion or other traumatic brain injury. Depending on the factors of your car accident, you can even suffer fractured bones or permanent nerve damage.
Beyond the physical injuries you are likely to suffer as a result of a rear- end collision, certain mental and emotional scars can develop. If, after you endure a rear-end wreck, you begin to feel afraid, stressed, or paranoid of being hit from behind, you should schedule an appointment with a mental health professional. With their help, you will be able to identify and, with time, quiet the fears and anxieties that may have developed.
Retaining a personal injury attorney to review and evaluate a rear-end crash case, who has experience in negotiating similar cases, will be helpful for you or your loved one to determine, protect, and make the most of your rights under North Carolina law. Further, a NC personal injury attorney will be able to anticipate the arguments made by most insurance companies to negate or lower the value of your case.
The Bishop Law Firm represents victims with NC Rear-End Collision Injuries in Raleigh, Cary, Durham, Fayetteville, Rocky Mount, Roanoke Rapids, Smithfield, Louisburg, Chapel Hill, Wilson, North Carolina and surrounding areas. Call us today for a free case evaluation, (919) 615-3095.