Should I seek Medical Attention after a Rear-End Collision?
Rear-end accidents are among the most common that occur on roadways in Florida and throughout the nation. Rear-end collisions account for approximately one-third of all motor vehicle accidents, and they usually happen because of heavy traffic that suddenly slows down, rainy or slippery road conditions, and various forms of driver negligence. While some rear-end crashes happen at higher speeds and result in serious and catastrophic injuries, most happen at lower speeds, doing minimal damage to the vehicles involved. These are commonly known as “fender benders.”
Many people consider lower impact vehicle crashes little more than a nuisance. Someone collides into the rear end of your vehicle, you get out of the car, exchange insurance information, call the police to file an official report, and move on. With these types of accidents, people often wonder if they should even bother seeking medical attention. We all lead busy lives, and the collision already took up an hour or two of your time. So, if you don’t feel hurt, why bother getting checked out by a medical professional?
Failing to seek medical attention after a rear-end collision may be a big mistake. Here are some reasons why:
Some Auto Accident Injuries are Not Detected Right Away
Even the most minor vehicle accident can be a traumatic and unsettling experience. Your heart rate suddenly increases, and you may feel like you just drank a few cups of coffee. This adrenaline rush is not unlike what many athletes experience when they are playing in a game. The “excitement” of the event often masks the pain of any injuries that are suffered. Oftentimes, after a rear-end collision, you may not start to feel the effects of it until several hours or even a couple days later.
Even Injuries from Minor Auto Accidents can be Serious
You might think that aches and pains resulting from a fender-bender are just minor, and they will go away in a day or two. This is not always the case, however. Some injuries from rear-end collisions can be moderate to severe, especially if you are the lead driver (the driver of the vehicle that was rear-ended). Some of the most common injuries that result from rear-end accidents include:
- Whiplash and other soft-tissue injuries;
- Neck and back injuries;
- Concussions and other traumatic brain injuries (TBI);
- Spinal cord injuries;
- Internal injuries.
These injuries can have lasting effects, and in some cases (such as with injuries to internal organs), they can be life-threatening. This is why it is always best to get medical help as soon as possible, even after a seemingly minor accident.
Seeking Medical Attention establishes a Legal Connection between your Injury and the Accident
If the rear-end collision you were involved in was the fault of the other driver and you sustained losses (such as medical bills, time missed from work, etc.), you may have a right to recover compensation. However, if you wait too long to get medical help, the insurance company for the responsible party might argue that your injury was not related to the accident. Another argument they might make is that you did not fulfill your legal obligation to mitigate your losses. This could come into play if your injury got worse because you did not get it treated right away. By getting checked out soon after the accident, you help protect your legal right to obtain full and fair compensation for your injuries.
Injured in a Rear-End Collision in Florida? Contact an Experienced Auto Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one was involved in a rear-end accident, seek immediate medical attention, then get in touch with a skilled personal injury attorney. At Whibbs Stone & Barnett, we have over six decades of combined experience successfully representing clients injured in all types of motor vehicle accidents in Florida. We can thoroughly assess your case and advise you of your legal rights and options, so you can make the most informed decision on how you wish to proceed.
Before accepting any type of settlement from an insurance company, contact our office for a free, no obligation, consultation. Call us today at 1-888-219-4561 or send us a message through our online contact form. We accept all personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, so you never have to pay upfront attorney fees to receive the strong personalized representation you need and deserve.