It is one of the least expected
collisions you can experience in your vehicle.
You may be sitting at a light,
waiting for traffic on your way to work. You might be changing the radio and
not even see the vehicle fast approaching you from behind until it rear-ends
you and causes a wreck.
The driver of the car behind you may
be unaware he is moving forward until he hits your car. He may be distracted or
intoxicated, or on drugs or alcohol. He may be hit himself which forces his car
The National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports 29% of traffic accidents involve a
rear-end collision, either at a low or high speed.
While automakers have improved cars
to withstand front and side-impact collisions, rear-end accidents leave drivers
and passengers vulnerable.
Even if you do not think you are
seriously injured because the collision was a minor one and there is no or
little damage to the car, the law firm of Reeves and Mestayer strongly urges
you to seek medical attention immediately, because even a lower speed impact has
the potential to injure you. Most common are injuries to your back and neck.
The reason you should seek
immediate medical attention is because the back and neck are the areas that
will be most affected in a rear-end collision.
These are the areas prime for
soft tissue problems and those problems can occur even as the result of a low-speed
impact. Often, you do not see the
approaching car and do not brace yourself for the collision.
A soft tissue injury can cause
serious and chronic pain in the shoulder, back and headache. There can be brain
contusions, a concussion, and even internal bleeding.
A higher speed rear-end collision
can even cause whiplash, fractures, brain trauma, and paralysis. There may be
swelling and inflammation that results and fluid in the muscles. Your spine can
be knocked out of place. Muscles and ligaments lock up and scar tissue builds
Other symptoms of injury can
* Balance issues
* Ringing in the ears
Understand you are in shock after
an accident, and you may not be feeling any pain. You are not thinking or reacting
clearly. You may want to put this behind
you, because you don’t have time for an accident.
Doing nothing is not in your best
interest for several reasons.
A soft tissue injury may not show
up for a day or two, and when you start to feel pain it may not be as clearly
linked to the collision as the cause of your pain. At least that is what the
other side will argue.
To be sure, please visit the
emergency room or your family physician after a wreck. Realistically, you may have up to 72 hours to
make that visit, but why take a chance on your health and possibly compromise any
legal case you might have?
is to Blame for a Rear-End Collision?
Generally, we find it is the
driver of the vehicle in the rear who is to blame for the collision.
Do not engage in any conversation
with the other driver, even to say “I’m sorry” since that later can be used against
you. Simply exchange information – license, identity, VIN number, make and
model of car. Find any witnesses and get their contact information as well.
Do not give any statement to an
insurance adjuster who may contact you after the collision. That can and will
be used against you. It will not “speed up the claims process” as an insurance
rep will suggest.
Your decisions during this
difficult time could affect the rest of your life.
To bring an ambulance and the
police to the scene, call 9-1-1. The police will make a report. Then we
strongly suggest you go to the closest emergency room and call us at our Biloxi
Our experienced personal injury
lawyers will begin the conversation around the specifics of the accident. After
we determine the at-fault party, we will determine how best to have you
compensated for your medical bills, your pain and suffering, and any lost
Some of the documents we will
require to make your case will be the medical documentation you accumulate
following the rear-end collision. We must show the extent of your injury and the
records will be vital to filing a claim with the insurance company.
If those records do not exist, it
will appear as though you were not really injured, and it makes it that much
more difficult for us to prove your case.
Contact an Experienced Biloxi Auto Accident Law Firm Right Away
Reeves and Mestayer has decades
of experience dealing with the insurance claims process. We understand settlement
negotiations and how to prepare for trial to make sure you receive maximum compensation
from the at-fault party for the injuries you suffered in your rear-end
Let us represent you so you can
focus on getting better. Call our Biloxi office at 1-855-558-2977 so we can
help you during this difficult time.
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