Rear-Ended in Mississippi
It isn’t something anyone expects when hitting the roadways. Whether you’re sitting at red light putting on your makeup while on the way to work, or you’re slowing down while entering a construction zone, a rear end collision can happen at anytime while driving in Mississippi. What is worse is that sometimes these rear end collisions can cause chain reaction crashes, especially on the interstate or at busy red lights and intersections.
Typical Injuries in a Rear-End Collision
While the majority of rear-end auto accidents occur at lower speeds, the person who is rear-ended can receive very serious injuries. There is a general consensus that someone can’t get hurt at low-level speed impact; however that line of thinking is flawed due to what is known as whiplash. Whiplash occurs when the head stays stationary, and then is violently “whipped” backwards and forwards. This condition can happen in wrecks where the colliding driver was moving at speeds as slow as 5 mph.
The most common injuries that happen in a rear-end wreck are soft tissue problems in the neck and back. These injuries can cause serious, chronic pain, and even partial disability to the injured person. Other, less serious, injuries in crashes include, sensory disorientation, shoulder pain, chronic headaches, vertigo, anxiety and even depression. In more serious rear-end accidents that occur at higher rates of speed, injuries can include bone and vertebral fractures, brain trauma, facial disfigurement, and even paralysis.
Even if you do not think you are seriously injured, it is important that you seek medical attention immediately. We have seen countless cases where a client will come into our office after a wreck and tell us that he/she did not go to the doctor after the wreck and started to feel pain a few days later. These soft tissue injuries can manifest themselves days or even weeks following the accident. A lot of the time these injuries are not realized until after the adrenaline wears off, so its best to visit the ER or personal physician following the wreck.
Who is at Fault in a Rear-End Crash?
In most cases, rear-end collisions are the fault of the driver in the rear. There are a few exceptions, as well as cases where the driver of the vehicle that was hit is at least partially liable. But as a general rule, if a vehicle is stopped and then hit, the wreck can be considered what is called “clear liability.” As a result, it is very important that you never admit fault at the scene of the accident, even to the point of refraining from saying “I’m sorry,” which can sound like an admission of fault. Let the police decide who was at fault—that is what they are trained to do.
If you or a loved one have been involved in motor vehicle accident with an 18-wheeler and sustained injuries while travelling in Mississippi, contact the experienced and serious 18-wheeler personal injury attorneys at ‘Maggio|Thompson.
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