Rear-end car accidents are some of the most frequent types of car accidents that occur on Wisconsin roadways and on roads nationwide. Injuries resulting from rear-end collisions cost millions per year in medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, and lost time at work. While these accidents may simply be minor fender-benders in some cases, they also can be more serious and result in devastating injuries. Even a rear-end accident at a relatively low speeds – as low as five miles per hour – can cause major injuries. Some of the factors that affect the outcome of a rear-end collision are the type of vehicles involved, the speed at which the collision occurred, the location and direction of the impact, and the height and angle of the vehicle seats.
A rear-end vehicle collision can result in many different injuries to drivers and passengers alike, but some injuries are more common than others. These injuries include:
· Spine injuries
· Broken bones
· Head trauma/brain injuries
Since rear-end collisions involve no warning and happen in a split second, they typically have severe effects on a driver and/or passenger’s head and neck, as their spines, muscles, and tendons automatically brace for the impact. This can cause significant damage to one’s skeletal structure and nerves that surround it. You also should keep in mind that whiplash, spine injuries, and even head injuries often may not emerge until hours or even days after the accident. This is why it is important to get checked out by a doctor, even if you think you feel fine following the accident.
When a rear-end car accident or any type of vehicle accident occurs as a result of a driver’s negligence, and causes injury to you or your loved one, you may have a claim for damages under Wisconsin law. However, there are strict time limits on personal injury claims in the state of Wisconsin, and you can lose your right to compensation if you do not consult an experienced lawyer in time. Don’t delay in contacting the Madison personal injury attorneys of Boller & Vaughan, and set up your free consultation today.