Common Injuries in Rear End Collisions

Illinois accident attorneyGetting rear ended can take you by surprise. Most drivers never see the other car coming. Rear end accidents often present the same types of injuries. However, just because these injuries are common, does not mean that they are not painful or should not be compensated. Even the more minor injuries left by an accident can take months to fully heal.

As is the case with any car accident, it is important to wait a few days or weeks to wait for all symptoms to develop.

Common injuries in rear end collisions include:

  • Whiplash. Whiplash is caused when an outside force causes a sudden movement to the head and neck. You may have whiplash if you feel pain, swelling in the neck, headaches and stiffness.
  • Head or Brain Injury. This injury is caused when the head strikes something inside the car, like a steering wheel, window or airbag. Victims may feel dizziness, get bruises or cuts or lose consciousness.
  • Musculoskeletal Injury. These injuries can be to any part of the body such as arms, wrists, hands, knees or ankles. When a car is struck from behind, often body parts holding the steering wheel or on brake pedals become impacted. If the force is strong enough broken bones can result. Soft tissue damage is also common, and while not as serious, can take months of rehab to properly resolve.

Is the Other Driver at Fault?

Typically, the driver in the front car of the rear end car accident will not be found to be at fault in causing the accident. Usually, the car behind is at fault for failing to control his or her speed.

However, there are complicating factors such as the weather, roadway conditions and the front car’s brake lights. These types of factors can call into question which car was at fault. In these cases, a lawyer can be helpful in convincing a court or insurance company that you were not at fault and should be compensated for 100 percent of your injuries.

Call a DuPage County, IL Car Crash Lawyer

If you have been injured in a car accident, you should get the help you deserve. An attorney will be your advocate when dealing with insurance companies and when in court. As a victim, you have rights under law, and a lawyer will be there to safeguard those rights.

These rights include you being compensated fairly for your pain and suffering and making sure that you will have all medical bills paid by the driver at fault. The skilled Hinsdale, IL car wreck attorneys at the Law Office of Martoccio & Martoccio can be reached at 630-920-8855.


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