Some types of car accidents could be avoided if drivers were more cautious, but rear-end accidents are usually outside of our control. While these accidents are generally minor, they can result in serious injuries. If you’ve been involved in a rear-end accident, it’s worth checking with a doctor to see if you’ve suffered any of the common injuries seen in these kinds of crashes.
If you find that you were injured in your Texas rear-end accident, you may be owed compensation from the other driver involved or a third party. Today, your caring Houston car accident attorneys at Lapeze & Johns, PLLC, will explain how you can seek compensation for a rear-end accident injury.
Common Injuries Sustained in Rear-End Accidents
Many rear-end crashes, accidents in which the front of one vehicle strikes the rear-end of another, happen at low enough speeds that any injuries sustained are usually minor.
However, high speed and more severe accidents of this kind do happen. Some of the most common injuries sustained in these incidents include:
- Neck injuries like whiplash from sudden jolts
- Back injuries such as bruised ligaments and herniated discs
- Injuries to the arms and wrists including stress, fractures, and breaks
- Fractured and broken ribs from airbag deployment or steering wheel impact
- Facial scarring and disfigurement
- Injuries to the brain and skull including traumatic brain injuries
- Spine injuries including spinal compression and paralyzation
- Crush injuries occasionally leading to amputations
- PTSD and other stress disorders
Seeking Compensation for Your Texas Rear-End Accident
If you were injured in a rear-end accident, you may be owed compensation from the other driver. This is most likely to be the case if you were the one who got rear-ended as the fault would likely fall on the other driver. To seek the damages you may be owed, you may need to go through a complex process of seeking proof and negotiating those damages.
Here’s a general idea of that process:
- Speak to an Attorney — While it may be possible for you to handle a minor accident on your own, it is highly recommended that you consult with a car accident attorney, especially if you plan on seeking compensation for the cost of any damages you suffered.
- Determine Liability — Before you can seek damages, you will need to determine that the other driver caused your accident and that the accident caused your injuries.
- Gather Evidence — You will or may need a police report of the accident, the insurance and contact information of all involved, witness reports, CCTV footage, expert testimony, and other forms of proof showing that you deserve the compensation you are making a claim for.
- Negotiating with Insurance — It is highly recommended that you speak to an attorney prior to speaking to an insurance adjuster in order to protect your rights. Insurance companies will likely attempt to pay out as little as possible in order to protect their bottom line. Anything you say to them can be used against you to lessen your settlement offer.
Lapeze & Johns: Ready to Fight for Your Fair Compensation
No one expects to be in an accident, but rear-end accidents can be especially shocking due to the fact that they literally come up from behind us. While the majority of these incidents don’t involve serious injuries, there are exceptions, and those who are injured deserve the right to compensation for those damages.
The experienced Houston car accident attorneys of Lapeze & Johns would be proud to help you fight for your rights and are ready to negotiate on your behalf in insurance negotiations or a court of law.