Many people don’t take the risk of being rear ended seriously.
Most of these types of accidents occur at intersections, at low speeds. Damage to the vehicle is usually minimal, and while head and neck injuries do occur that are not usually as serious as those seen in high speed crashes. There can be many reasons why a driver would hit you from behind on an open highway, and most of these are related to his being reckless. If you were rear-ended and suffered from injuries as a result, contact a St. Louis car accident attorney before speaking with anyone else. They will help you fight for your rightful compensation.
Rear End Collision Injuries
The physical damage caused by a rear end accident is dependent on the force of impact. Slow speed rear end collisions usually result in a neck injury known as whiplash, where the force of the head being thrust forward and then back causes strain on the tendons. On the other hand, high speed rear end accidents can cause an array of injuries, often times severe.
A rear end collision is often the fault of the rear driver. The most common causes are inattention to the road, aggressive driving, sudden lane changes, and speeding. On a highway, we often will see this type of accident right before a road construction site. A driver who is not paying attention will not notice the sudden decrease in speed of the traffic in front of him. This will cause him to not have time to react properly and slam into the back of a car. The growing problem of texting while driving is having a huge impact on the number of high speed rear end collisions. Statistics are now showing that this has replaced drunk driving as the leading cause of vehicular accidents.
St. Louis Car Accident Lawyer
Rear end collisions have a different effect on the victim then other types of crashes. Most often in a head on or even a T-bone collision they are able to see the impending danger and brace themselves for it. This is not the case when hit from behind. Depending on the use of a seat belt, and the speed involved, a driver could impact with the steering wheel, windshield or even be ejected from the car. A rear end collision on a Missouri highway resulted in a $110,000 settlement for the victim. The crash caused him to bang his head on the steering column causing bleeding to his brain. This type of closed head injury can be deadly if not diagnosed and treated right away.
Any type of collision can be devastating, but the recklessness of a driver who causes a rear end collision makes these all the more senseless. Good driving practices would ensure that almost all of these types of crashes be avoided. Not paying attention to the road while behind the wheel is a serious problem whose offenders should be held responsible for the consequences. If you were recently hurt in a rear end collision, contact an experienced car accident attorney today to get started on getting you your rightful compensation. Call The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. at (314) 361-4242 to schedule a free consultation with an attorney.
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