Rear-end accidents (also known as “fender benders”) occur even when we utilize our best defensive driving practices. Though they are often thought of as minor, rear-end accidents can have long-lasting consequences for the injured. Injuries such as whiplash and concussions can devastate households for months, especially if the injured party was the breadwinner and is now unable to work due to their injuries. Car accidents are also tragically among the top two leading causes of death for kids under the age of fourteen.
In the state of New Hampshire, there were over one million car accidents in 2019. But the most common type of car accident is the rear-end collision, which is any accident in which a vehicle crashes into the one in front of it. Most frequently, these accidents occur on the freeways, but they’re also known to occur within three miles of the individual’s home.
This type of car crash accounts for over thirty percent of all car accidents in the United States, and can be caused by driver distraction, driver inattention, tailgating, inclement weather, and sudden or unwarranted stopping. In most cases the driver of the car that hits the car in front of them is considered to be at fault, but Buckley Law Offices will investigate fault on a case-by-case basis as the fault is not always cut and dry.
If you or a loved one have been hurt or killed in a car accident that was the result of another person’s negligence, the best thing you can do for yourself is to find an experienced car accident attorney who can help you through this difficult time by fighting for your rights while you fight to recover your life. Negligent drivers and brazen insurance companies will always fight to keep their money in their pockets, but Buckley Law Offices will fight to hold the right parties financially liable for your car accident.
Thankfully, rear-end collisions are usually survivable and not the type of accident commonly known to cause fatalities. However, this type of car crash is known to cause injuries to both the liable party and the victim. These injuries can consist of:
Compression fractures always require medical diagnosis and treatment. They are diagnosed when a vertebral bone (a bone in your spine) has decreased a minimum of 15-20% in height after a fracture. These fractures can take months to heal from, utilizing non-surgical care such as rest and pain medication. Victims suffering from compression fracture can expect a slow return to normalcy and mobility.
Herniated discs can happen easily in a rear-end car accident but will always need to be diagnosed and given medical attention. If herniated discs go undiagnosed and exist under the radar of the injured individual’s doctor, they will continue to cause pain and distress even after the individual’s muscles and tendons have healed.
Neck sprain is considered to be different from Whiplash. In a neck sprain, the ligaments are affected. Ligaments normally do a good job of connecting the bones of the spine, but in the case of a sprain they are torn or stretched. This type of pain can onset days after an accident. Some symptoms may include: muscle spasms, numbness, tingling, pain, tenderness, and headaches.
Whiplash is the single most common injury seen in a rear-end accident or fender bender. In this type of injury, the victim’s head can jerk violently backwards and/or forward, causing tears in the muscles and tendons. Symptoms can include a lowered range of motion, pain, tenderness, stiff neck, and headaches.
Pinched nerves can occur during rear-end car accidents and frequently do when there is stress placed on the discs or bones of the spine. Pinched nerves can cause symptoms such as numbness, tingling, weakness, and even pain. Pinched nerves can happen easily but sometimes require complicated treatments.
Also known as subluxation of the spine, spinal misalignment can become very painful if left untreated. Though most spinal misalignments happen due to a sudden trauma such as a car crash, the effects on your body can be gradual and difficult to notice until the day your body can no longer tolerate the alignment, at which point you may feel pain, weakness, and discomfort. Medical treatment will be necessary to place the spine back into alignment
Unfortunately in New Hampshire, year-after-year we have the same cause of vehicular accidents. According to New Hampshire State Police, approximately 75% of car accidents are caused by at least one driver’s intoxication, distraction, or excessive speeding.
Have you lost a loved one or have you been injured in a rear-end collision in New Hampshire? You may be entitled to monetary compensation for things such as:
Our experienced legal team specializing in rear-end car accidents can help you through the claims process.
One of our top priorities is to give you a clear understanding of your case and obtain just compensation for your damages. Another one of our top priorities is to hold liable parties responsible for their actions. We have your very best interests at heart and want to do everything in our power to make sure that you are not stressed through the process of trying to obtain compensation. With over thirty years of experience, our rear-end accident legal team has an understanding of what your case requires and how best to handle the specifics of a fender bender-involved personal injury claim. Our rear-end collision focused lawyer will conduct all of the legal proceedings and file all the necessary legal paperwork on your behalf, while you relax. Call today for a free case evaluation.