Heavy traffic and inexperienced drivers can be a recipe for disaster on the road. A sudden stop in traffic is one of the most common causes of rear-end accidents. In these types of accidents, it’s common for the driver in the front to suffer significant harm.
Neck and Back Injuries
Herniated discs, disc protrusions, annular tears, whiplash, and other problems can occur when you a rear-end car accident. Unfortunately, these types of injuries can be debilitating, and you may require significant medical care. Neck and back injuries are some of the most common as your head jolts back and forth from the impact of the collision. Some of these injuries can be permanent resulting in a lifetime of pain.
During a crash, your body experiences significant force, including on your spine. The amount of force varies, but when there’s enough pressure on your spine, it can cause the disc to herniate or slip. This type of injury is more common if you already have age-related wear and tear on your spine.
Disc protrusion—or a bulging disc—can require you to undergo long-term care treatment for symptoms involving pain and muscle spasms. The injury may last a lifetime, or it can require a surgical procedure should it not begin to heal on its own after some time.
Annular Disc Tear
An annular tear occurs when the fibers within the spinal vertebrae tears, and it can lead to fluid leaking. The biggest problem arises should the fluid reach the spinal nerves, which can result in you suffering significant pain.
When you drive, you are using your hands to control your steering wheel. The impact of a crash can cause a lot of strain on your hands and arms, including your shoulder. In many situations, you may suffer a torn rotator cuff or separated shoulder. Over time, this can cause wear and tear, and persistent pain over your lifetime.
You must look at all the factors involved to determine where liability stands. Make sure you remember all statements from the at-fault driver including any apology of admission of fault. Be sure to consult with a lawyer to determine your rights before speaking with an insurance company. Do not give any recorded statements unless you have a lawyer on the phone with you to protect your rights.
At Williams Newman Williams, we have experience in car accident cases. We know where you may have a claim to pursue the compensation you need to cover the expenses associated with your injuries. Let our Jackson car accident lawyers investigate your case to determine your options to pursue compensation.