Car accidents cause victims to miss work, suffer personal injuries, and incur substantial costs. Victims of rear end car accidents may be entitled to reimbursement for these losses, and a personal injury attorney can help.
Shane R. Kadlec seeks the maximum amount of recovery for victims by identifying the cause of the accident and working hard to hold the negligent party responsible for their actions. To find out if you are entitled to damages for a rear end car accident, contact our Houston, TX practice today.
Why Are Rear End Car Accidents So Dangerous?
Rear end car accidents are one of the most common types of car accident. A rear end car accident can be caused by many factors, including a driver who texts while driving or speeds.
The danger lies in the force of impact, because when a driver fails to pay attention, the collision from behind is usually at a high rate of speed. The injuries are usually significant because victims do not have a chance to take evasive action and can wind up being thrust forward and back with a large amount of velocity.
Common Injuries Suffered in Rear End Car Accidents
Because drivers who are hit from behind lack the ability to get out of the way to avoid the accident, the likelihood of suffering an injury is high. The most common injuries suffered in a rear end car accident case are:
- Whiplash: Whiplash occurs when the body is thrown violently forward and then immediately back. The neck and spine are usually the most affected, along with the lower back. Whiplash is a common injury in a rear end car accident because the victim is pushed forward by the force of the car from behind, and the body then snaps back to the position it was in prior to being struck.
- Blunt force trauma to the head: When the movement forward is so great that the head hits the steering wheel or windshield, the victim will suffer from blunt force trauma. This can include cuts, lacerations, and traumatic brain injury.
- Injuries from safety features: While meant to keep drivers and passengers safe, some safety features can contribute to or cause an injury. A good example is an injury suffered by being hit with an exploding airbag, or suffering the tightening of a seatbelt across the chest or abdomen. When a vehicle is involved in a rear end collision, these safety features come into play and can cause head trauma, broken bones, bruising, and organ damage.
To recover from these injuries, a victim must first prove the other driver caused the accident. It is necessary to show the other driver was reckless or negligent, and caused the accident and resulting injuries.
A skilled personal injury attorney is able to show evidence through careful examination of the facts leading up to the accident. Key pieces of evidence include photos of the accident scene, the police report, eyewitness testimony, and deposition testimony from the involved parties and witnesses.
Once liability is established, victims are entitled to compensation in the form of lost wages, loss of future earnings, pain and suffering, and the costs of immediate as well as long term medical care.
Help for Rear End Car Accident Cases
If you or a loved one has been in a rear end car accident, we know what to do to help. Attorney Shane R. Kadlec is experienced helping victims fight for all they deserve, and can help you too. Contact us online or call us today at (281) 643-2000.