Injured From a Rear-End Car Accident?
Of all types of car accidents, rear-end collisions are one of the most common. Even when they happen at low speeds, these kinds of car accidents can cause painful and debilitating injuries. However, the damage done is not always immediately apparent.
It is imperative that you seek professional medical attention after a rear-end collision. Even if you feel fine, x-rays and medical examinations can reveal injuries you might not have noticed. If left untreated, these physical injuries could worsen or even cause more damage over time.
Delayed Injuries After a Car Wreck
- Headaches — Pay special attention to the location and severity of the pain. It could be stress-related or a sign of concussion, brain injury, whiplash, neck injury, or even a blood clot. A serious headache also could be a sign of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following the accident.
- Pain in the Neck or Shoulders — This is often a sign of whiplash (a catch-all term for several different injuries), which is sometimes experienced right after an accident but sometimes doesn’t emerge until several days later. Neck and shoulder pain could also indicate a spinal injury such as a herniated disc.
- Back Pain — Back pain, especially in the lower back, may also indicate a whiplash-related injury. It also could signal a sprain, herniated disc, or other soft-tissue injuries (such as muscle damage). If accompanied by tingling or numbness, it could also point to pinched nerves.
- Numbness, Tingling, etc. — These types of sensations, in addition to weakness in the limbs, often indicate a herniated disc that pinches or presses up against nerves in the spine. This pinching can cause pain, tingling, numbness, and other sensations throughout the body.
- Abdominal Pain — Internal, soft-tissue injuries can be very serious — even fatal — if left untreated. If you experience abdominal pain after an accident (which may surface days after the incident), get immediate medical attention. Internal bleeding also may cause headaches, dizziness, and deep bruising.
- Emotional Pain and Suffering — After the initial post-accident chaos subsides, you may experience depression, anxiety, or even PTSD. This could be related to the actual incident, a result of physical injuries, or both. Brain injuries also may cause emotional pain or personality changes.
Liability in a Rear-End Collision
Liability is when someone is legally responsible to another person because of his or her actions, or failure to act.
In a rear-end car accident in Texas, a jury can find either driver, both, or neither at fault for the crash. There is a widespread belief that if you hit someone from the back in Texas, you are automatically at fault for the accident. However, this is not the case.
Texas is what is known as a comparative negligence state. ‘Negligence’ means “the failure to act as a person of reasonable prudence would have acted under the same or similar circumstances.” Comparative negligence simply means that a jury will decide which party was negligent. Based on evidence, either party could be at fault: the car that was rear-ended or the opposing driver.
Contact the Award Winning Rear-End Car Accident Attorneys of Reyes Browne Reilley
If you have been injured from a rear-end car crash because someone else wasn’t paying attention, you may be entitled to compensation. Call our skilled DFW car accident attorneys right now at (214) 526-7900 for a free case review. Our phone lines are open for you around the clock, 24/7. Give us a call today to get started on your road to recovery.