What kind of back and spine injuries can I sustain from a rear-end collison?

woman grabbing upper neck and spine in pain

Whether you’re running errands or on your way to work, the last thing you expect is to be struck by another vehicle from behind. However, rear-end collisions are among some of the most common car accidents you may be involved in, and as such, understanding the impact they can have is critical. Though many assume these are minor fender-benders, they can lead to serious back and spine injuries for the victim. If this reflects your circumstances, you’ll want to keep reading. You’ll learn more about these injuries and why you should consider connecting with car accident attorneys to help you recover the compensation you are entitled to.

How do rear-end collisions happen?

Rear-end collisions occur when the driver following behind a vehicle collides with its rear end. Generally, this is the result of following too closely or distracted driving. Additionally, these most commonly occur when the vehicle in front is stopped in traffic, like at a stop sign, intersection, or in parking lots.

What are the common back and spine injuries sustained?

When someone is rear-ended, their body is struck with force from the back, meaning their neck, spine, and back can take the brunt of the damage. As your body is propelled forward by the force from the rear of the vehicle, the joints in your neck and spine can collide. Additionally, the unnatural back and forth can cause your spine to flatten or become narrowed.

The following are examples of spinal injuries you may endure as the result of a negligent driver:

  • Lumbar spine injuries
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Facit joint injuries
  • Thoracic spine injuries
  • Spinal fractures
  • Whiplash
  • Slipped discs

Unfortunately, these injuries can cause immediate and immense pain. Additionally, if left untreated, they can lead to paralysis, degenerative spine diseases, and chronic pain. As such, treatment, which often includes surgery and physical therapy, is required to treat and remedy these injuries.

Am I entitled to compensation in Pennsylvania if injured?

If you are struck by and suffer spine injuries because of a negligent driver, it’s imperative to understand that you are likely entitled to financial compensation. However, you must be able to prove the driver was negligent. Though this can be easier to prove in rear-end collision, there are defenses the negligent party can use to try and evade liability.

As such, you’ll want to gather as much evidence at the collision scene as possible. For example, you should take as many pictures and videos of the scene as possible. You may also want to speak with witnesses who saw the accident occur and can attest to the negligence of the other driver. Finally, you may want to contact local homes and businesses to see if they have security footage or doorbell cameras that may have captured the accident.

Regardless, it’s in your best interest to connect with an experienced car accident attorney as soon as possible. Trying to recover compensation from a negligent party while dealing with a back injury can be incredibly stressful. As such, working with a lawyer helps provide peace of mind that your case is in good hands so you can focus on managing and healing your injury. At Friedman Schuman, we understand how complex these matters can be, which is why we will do everything possible to help you fight for adequate compensation. Contact our team today to discuss your circumstances.

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