What Injuries Can You Get From Being Rear-Ended?
Rear-end car crashes are more common than ever due to the widespread use of devices like smart phones that distract drivers from the road. More than eighty percent of these collisions are caused by distracted driving, and most of them occur at somewhat low speeds. However, even at these speeds, serious injuries occur to those affected, and the pain from these can last for years. Sometimes the symptoms of these injuries are delayed, but it is a mistake to not seek medical help after a rear-end collision accident. If you’ve been hurt in a rear-end collision, see a doctor and call a skilled Houston car accident lawyer as soon as possible.
A whiplash injury is one of the most common injuries that a driver or passenger can get from a rear-end accident. When the collision occurs, the head and neck of the person in the front car moves rapidly back and forth, causing damage to the soft tissues of the neck and/or upper back. Muscles, nerves, ligaments or even bones may also be injured. There may be no pain at first due to the shock of the accident, but with time, symptoms may begin to occur that are troublesome and that can last a long time. This is why it’s important to see a doctor right after the accident to rule out any broken bones or other damage that requires treatment.
Herniated Discs and Spinal Injuries
The impact of a rear-end collision can cause the vertebral discs, which provide cushioning for the spine, to slip out of place, or herniate. When this occurs, a nerve may be affected, causing pain, numbness or even dysfunction of the lower extremities. Injuries to the spinal cord itself may cause temporary or even permanent paralysis. This can change a person’s life and make him/her unable to return to his job. It may also require a lifetime of medical care and rehabilitation. An insurance company will generally offer the accident victim a compensation settlement that is too low for his or her needs, which is why it’s important to consult with an experienced lawyer.
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Personal injury lawyers at Lassiter Law Firm have been helping the injured in Texas for more than twenty years. We are based in Houston, Texas and look forward to supporting clients throughout the Houston area including Houston Metroplex, DFW Metroplex, Galveston, Corpus Christi, Austin and San Antonio. If you or a loved one have suffered injuries from a rear-end car accident, we are here to help. We’ll use our knowledge and experience to evaluate your case and get you the compensation you truly need. Visit our web page at legalteamhouston.com or call us at (713) 521 – 0104 regarding your free initial consultation today.