Rear-Ended and Injured? Fight Back With an Auburn Car Accident Lawyer
Our Auburn car crash attorneys win cases for drivers hurt in collisions
Some people may think that getting rear-ended is no big deal, but our Auburn car accident lawyers have seen rear-end crash victims suffer harmful injuries and in some disastrous cases, death. Imagine getting rear-ended by a drunk driver who never slows down for a stop sign and smashes directly into the back of your car. Envision a speeding truck driver who can't brake quickly enough and slams into your car from behind, causing a catastrophic wreck.
Rear-end collisions don't just happen at low speeds in bumper-to-bumper traffic, and they are almost always caused by another driver's negligence. If you got rear-ended and suffered an injury, an experienced Auburn car accident attorney can help you obtain compensation for all your crash-related expenses. Contact a lawyer from the Mike Slocumb Law Firm in Auburn today for a free consultation.
"Who is at fault in a rear-end car accident?" - our attorneys explain
A rear-end collision occurs when one car's front end smashes into the rear or back of another. With rear-end car accidents, the driver who hits the vehicle from behind is almost always at fault for being reckless or negligent, though there are some exceptions. If you're driving in reverse and get rear-ended, it's going to be hard to prove that the accident was the other driver's fault. This scenario happens frequently in busy parking lots when people are trying to back out of parking spaces. On the other hand, a driver who is involved in a collision and gets pushed into the rear of another vehicle would only be at fault if they were found to be somehow responsible for the first crash.
Determining liability in a rear-end car accident isn't always as cut and dried as you may think. There are many different factors to consider when trying to figure out who should be held responsible, and as is the case with a lot of collisions, negligent drivers rarely will admit fault. That's why having an Auburn car accident attorney help with your claim can be so valuable. Our lawyers can determine who caused the rear-end crash, then take the necessary steps to make sure you get compensated for all your accident-related expenses.
Common injuries from being rear-ended
If you get rear-ended, the collision can leave you frustrated, confused, and with serious injury. Getting slammed into from behind is extremely dangerous because the energy from the impact causes the people inside the car to jolt forward with a lot of force, which can cause trauma. A lot of crash victims suffer from pain after being rear-ended, sometimes days or weeks after their collision. Our Auburn car accident lawyers always recommend seeking medical attention within a day or two of your crash, even if you don't have any symptoms. Never try to diagnose yourself -- let a doctor or EMT check you out. It's also important to document your injuries if you hope to recover compensation for damages and waiting too long to get medical care can sometimes have a negative impact on your claim.
Common rear-end car accident injuries include:
- Whiplash: By far the most common injury associated with rear-end collisions, whiplash occurs when a person's head and neck violently lunge forward and then crack back, like a whip. This causes damage to the muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones in the neck and back. A whiplash injury from a car accident can require extensive treatment, including physical therapy and visits to a chiropractor. If you've sustained whiplash from being rear-ended, our knowledgeable Auburn car accident attorneys can help.
- Back and Spinal Cord Injuries: Herniated disks, trauma to the vertebrae, muscle strains and sprains, paralysis ─ there are many ways someone can hurt their back or spine in a rear-end collision since the crash victim's back is usually taking the brunt of the impact in this type of wreck. Back injuries can be excruciating, chronic, and require long-term care. If you've been hurt, contact our lawyers today.
- Head and Brain Injuries: If you hit your hit on the steering wheel or any other object in your vehicle after getting rear-ended there's a chance you could suffer a head or brain injury. A concussion is a TBI (traumatic brain injury) that can cause permanent brain damage if left untreated or undiagnosed. Even if you're wearing your seatbelt when you're rear-ended, there's still a chance you can suffer a concussion just from the force of your brain colliding with the inside of your skull. Our Auburn car accident lawyers recommend seeking medical attention as soon as possible after a collision.
- Fractured or Broken Bones: Depending on how fast the other driver was going, the force of impact in a rear-end collision can cause bones to fracture or break. One of the more common injuries sustained in rear-end crashes is a broken arm, wrist or hand. That's because if a driver is preparing for impact, the natural reaction is to tightly clench the steering wheel. Doing so can often result in bone breaks or fractures, or with the wrist, a severe sprain. If you've been injured, let our attorneys help with your claim.
- Airbag and Seatbelt Injuries: Vehicles come equipped with seatbelts and airbags to help prevent injuries in the event of a crash, but sometimes they can hurt drivers in collisions, too. A seatbelt is designed to tighten and restrain someone in a wreck, but this can cause injury to the abdomen and chest. A lot of crash victims complain of stomach pain after a collision, and in some wrecks, a person's heart or lungs can be damaged by a tightened seatbelt. Airbag deployment can also result in injuries to a person's head, face, and eyes. The chemicals that are released when an airbag goes off can cause lung and eye irritation, and some airbag deployments result in facial fractures or broken noses. While these are injuries most people don't want to suffer, they are still better than getting ejected from your vehicle or smashing your head into the steering wheel, dashboard or windshield in a crash. Our lawyers advise people to follow the law and always wear your seatbelt. Also make sure your airbags have been properly serviced.
Our attorneys understand an injury from a rear-end car accident can be extremely debilitating, causing you to miss time from work and resulting in a lot of doctor visits. It can also negatively affect your quality of life. You may have to hire someone to do household chores and help with childcare, or you may not be able to do the things you once enjoyed doing before you were hurt in the crash. Our Auburn car accident lawyers can help you get your life back in order by getting you maximum compensation for your injury.
An Auburn car wreck lawyer can obtain compensation for your expenses
Insurance companies aren't stupid. They know if they can get you to settle soon after a rear-end collision, they can save hundreds or thousands of dollars since you won't know the true cost of all your accident-related expenses until further down the road. Insurance companies use crash victims to increase profits by taking advantage of people who are vulnerable in a time of need. They realize a lot of people don't understand their rights and have no idea what to do after a car accident, so they pressure and bully crash victims into settling for a lot less than what their claim is worth.
Our lawyers have seen crash victims get taken advantage of too many times, and they're tired of it. Our Auburn car accident attorneys know how to negotiate with insurance companies, and if necessary, they aren't scared to battle things out in court. Take a stand and fight back with the help of an Auburn car accident lawyer. Contact an attorney from the Mike Slocumb Law Firm in Auburn today for a free consultation.