Even if you are one of the most cautious drivers in Austin, you can suffer a rear end collision through no fault of your own. Rush-hour traffic and sudden stops can create havoc along highways and major thorough fares. Multi-vehicle pile ups can shut down highways and result in severe or catastrophic injuries.
Personal Injuries or Wrongful Death from Rear End Collisions
A rear end collision can cause personal injury or even a wrongful death if the vehicle that collides with a car in front is traveling at a high speed. Common and deadly injuries include:
- Whiplash – some insurance companies resist paying for whiplash injuries even though it is one of the most common injuries suffered from a rear end collision. Often, whiplash injuries are not evident at the time of the car accident and may surface within the next 24-48 hours. It is imperative to seek a medical evaluation immediately, even if you do not exhibit symptoms.
- Closed head injuries or traumatic brain injuries (TBI) – closed head injuries include minor and major concussions. Undetected concussions can have serious and deadly side effects if they are not treated properly. TBIs can have long-lasting, permanent or fatal effects for their victims. TBIs occur when your head crushes into another object. Immediate medical treatment is imperative.
- Spinal cord damage – at the very least, spinal cord injuries can result in a life lived with continuous back pain. The most severe spinal cord injuries can result in permanent paralysis. Nerve damage can be irreversible.
How an Austin Car Accident & Wrongful Death Lawyer Can Help
An Austin car accident lawyer is your best assurance in receiving a settlement that will compensate for all damages incurred by a rear end collision. Insurance companies are for-profit entities and want to offer the least amount of compensation possible. The Shaw Cowart lawyers have the best experience in negotiating with insurance representatives for car accidents and wrongful death claims. Do not agree to less than you deserve. Contact our experts today for a free consultation.