Most of us have heard of a rear-end collision referred to as a “fender-bender.” While this term implies that rear-end accidents are relatively minor, many accident victims know just how serious a rear-end crash can be. This type of accident has the potential to cause severe injuries and extensive property damage and can often involve multiple vehicles and motorists in a chain reaction crash.
Rear-end accidents are not as simple as they may seem to the average driver. Because these cases can be complex, you need qualified legal assistance as soon as possible after your collision. The Law Offices of Randolph Rice regularly handles this type of car accident case, so please contact our Baltimore office to discuss what happened to you.
Rear-End Accidents Can Cause Costly Injuries
Any car accident victim can suffer extensive and lasting injuries and rear-end crash victims are no different. Perhaps the injury most closely associated with a rear-end accident is whiplash. Whiplash refers to strains and other damage to the soft tissue in the neck and it occurs when a person’s head snaps back and forth sharply, stretching the neck. Whiplash victims can experience serious pain, limited range of motion, and more for weeks or months and often require extensive physical therapy and other treatments before they regain full use of their necks.
Whiplash is not the only rear-end accident injury that requires extensive treatment. Some additional injuries that commonly occur in this type of accident include:
- Back injuries
- Chest injuries from seat belts
- Burns or cuts on the arms or face from airbags
- Broken bones
- Soft tissue injuries
Any accident victim who feels any pain or discomfort should be fully evaluated by a medical professional and should undergo necessary treatment. Medical bills can add up fast and the losses resulting from a rear-end crash can be surprisingly high.
Taking Legal Action after Your Rear-End Collision
If you incurred losses from a rear-end accident, there are steps your attorney can take to ensure that you are properly compensated for those losses. First, you must determine who can be held responsible for your crash. Parties that were negligent in causing the accident can be held legally liable for your losses and this can include other drivers, companies, or even government entities.
Some examples of negligence that cause rear-end crashes include:
- Distracted driving
- Fatigued driving
- Drunk driving
- Failure to yield
- Defective brakes or tires
- Dangerous road hazards
Compensation can be sought through the insurance process and/or through the Baltimore civil court system and your attorney can identify the best ways for you to seek financial recovery for all of your losses.
Contact a Baltimore Rear-end Accident Attorney for Help Today
At the Law Offices of Randolph Rice, we have seen just how extensive the losses from a rear-end crash can be. We represent the victims of all types of car accidents, including rear-end collisions. If you have been injured and would like to discuss how we can help you, please call (410) 694-7291 or contact us online today to schedule your free consultation.