Salina Kansas Rear-End Collision Injury Attorneys
Standing up for the injured in the face of large corporations and insurance companies in Rear-End Collisions
You might have been at a traffic signal waiting for the light to turn green. All of the sudden you are violently jolted forward. This is a common example of what happens in a rear-end collision. It is a jarring experience and one that can leave you with substantial, lasting injuries. Being pushed into a car in front of you can double the trauma.
The insurance company for the at-fault driver may start calling you right away. They may try to make you a settlement offer. Insurance companies know that you are vulnerable after a crash and probably feeling overwhelmed. Do not let them take advantage of you. Do not give a statement. Call the experienced Kansas personal injury attorneys at Neustrom & Associates. The insurance companies are all about their best interests. We are all about your best interests.
What driver is at fault for a rear-end collision?
In most rear-end crashes, the person who hit the back end of another vehicle is to blame and will, therefore, be on the hook for damages. These kinds of accidents usually occur because the at-fault driver was distracted and did not slow down fast enough or was inattentive while following another car too closely. If a rear-end crash happens because another driver chose to drive while distracted or not paying attention, they are legally responsible.
There are, however, rear -end collisions where the driver whose car was hit is to blame. For example, if someone cuts in front of you and brakes, they are most likely going to be found liable for a rear-end crash. Also, liability can be more complicated in rear-end crashes that involve more than two cars. You may be stopped at a traffic signal when someone crashes into the rear-end of your car. The impact may propel your car forward into the car stopped in front of you. You are probably not going to be held fully responsible for the rear-end collision between you and the car in front of you. That usually falls on the driver that caused the initial crash.
Common Injuries Sustained in Rear-End Crashes
A rear-end collision can abruptly jolt you forward which can cause serious damage to your spinal cord. Other common injuries associated with rear end collisions include:
- Head and brain injuries
- Back injuries
- Neck injuries (whiplash)
- Lower body fractures
- Seat belt injuries
Some of these injuries, such as whiplash, may not be apparent right away. You may feel as though you do not need to seek medical treatment after the crash. However, this kind of injury can get worse in the days and weeks following a car accident. Seek immediate medical evaluation and always follow your treating physician’s directions for follow up care. Your medical records will be used as evidence of your injuries. Without immediate and consistent treatment, your claim for monetary compensation will be jeopardized.
Additionally, rear-end collisions are unique in the way that there can be little damage to your vehicle, but you can still incur severe injuries. Insurance companies are looking for any way to undermine the value of your claim and they will point to the low damage amount to say that there is no way you could have sustained serious injuries. If there is a substantial delay or gap in care, they may try to use that against you. This is another important reason to seek consistent but needed medical treatment to prove them wrong. You also need to work hard to get better. Also, be sure to get your car examined by a reputable automotive repair shop. A thorough examination of a car that was in a rear-end collision can reveal frame or other damage that may not have been obvious at first.
Our Kansas rear-end collision attorneys are here to serve the injured. Contact us today.
You are hurt. You have doctor’s appointments to make, mounting medical bills, and all of the stress that comes with being in a car accident. The dedicated Kansas personal injury attorneys at Neustrom & Associates are here to ease your burden. We are committed to fighting for you so that you get full and fair compensation for your injuries. The initial consultation is free. Contact us today.