Imagine you are driving home from work, ready to start the weekend. The traffic is getting heavier and the traffic ahead slows significantly. You slow down and are thinking about your plans tonight when suddenly, someone smashes into the back of your car. Instead of going to dinner, you end up going to the hospital.
Unfortunately, this is not an uncommon occurrence. In fact, as noted in this Slate article, rear-end crashes account for as many as 30 percent of all accidents on the road. And for too many victims, they have devastating consequences.
A rear-end collision can cause significant damage to a person’s vehicle and body. The car can be totaled, and the initial impact can lead to additional collisions that also cause damage.
In terms of injuries, the extent of physical damage depends on the severity of impact. But oftentimes, victims suffer serious back and neck pain, chronic headaches, spinal trauma as well as facial burns and disfigurement. Even if these conditions are temporary, they can change a person’s life in many ways.
Injuries can make it impossible to participate in sports or activities; they can make it difficult to walk, stand or sit for extended periods of time; they might lead to a dependence on medication and care providers.
A serious accident can be incredibly frightening and traumatic. Further, the resulting injuries can lead to anxiety, depression and stress, which can make it difficult to accomplish regular tasks, including going to work. Relationships with spouses, partners and other loved ones can also become strained.
Understanding the various damages associated with rear-end collisions can help you appreciate the importance of filing a legal claim for compensation after such an event. With the help of an attorney, you can build a claim and make a case for financial remedies that acknowledge and resolve the full extent of a victim’s damages.