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Common Rear-End Collision Injuries in Colorado

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Rear-end collisions happen all of the time in Colorado and throughout the United States with varying degrees of severity, but they have the potential to be just as dangerous as any other type of car accident. A rear-end crash can result in a wide variety of injuries that require medical attention and may have long-lasting effects. Fortunately, it is often possible to pursue compensation for your damages and expenses through a personal injury claim.

Types of Rear-End Crash Injuries

If you have been struck from behind by another driver, you may be suffering from any of the following injuries:

  • Whiplash - Soft tissue injuries to the muscles and tendons in the neck are a frequent occurrence in rear-end accidents due to the sudden movement after impact. Whiplash can be hard to detect, and research suggests that some of its effects, including headaches, back pain, and sleep disturbances, may not become fully clear until well after the accident.

  • Traumatic brain injuries - The impact of a rear-end collision can also cause a concussion or a more severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) that can affect mental and physical processes.

  • Face and eye injuries - Airbags, steering wheels, and windshields can cause significant facial lacerations, bruising, and eye trauma that may result in long-term disfigurement or vision impairment.

  • Broken bones - Bones in the hand or arm may break or fracture due to bracing from the impact of a collision, and more severe crashes can cause other major bone breaks.

  • Spinal injuries - Herniated disks are fairly common in rear-end collisions, and some crashes can damage the spinal cord and cause temporary or permanent paralysis.

Recovering Damages

One of the first steps in your pursuit of compensation should be to seek medical assistance for your injuries, even if you are unsure of their severity. A healthcare professional can help you understand the extent of your injuries and the treatment you will require, and medical records also help to demonstrate that your condition is, in fact, a result of the crash. If you experience any new symptoms in the weeks or months following the accident, you should see a doctor as soon as possible.

You should also work with an attorney soon after the accident to investigate evidence of the other driver’s negligence. Rear-end collisions commonly involving speeding, tailgating, drunk or distracted driving, or simple carelessness on the part of another driver, and evidence of any of these behaviors can help to strengthen your claim.

Contact a Fort Collins Car Accident Attorney

At Hoggatt Injury Law, we have many years of experience representing victims of rear-end collisions and other serious car accidents. We can help you build a strong case as we work toward a fair outcome for your damages, including pain and suffering. Call our skilled and compassionate Larimer County personal injury lawyers today at 970-225-2190 to schedule a free consultation.

 

Sources:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/whiplash/symptoms-causes/syc-20378921

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/11470396/

 

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