Rear end collisions are more than just a nuisance to deal with. They often cause costly damage to vehicles and serious injuries to the people involved. Unexpected medical bills can quickly mount leaving many car accident victims wondering how to handle the costs involved.
Rear End Collisions Are Not Uncommon
In 2014 rear end collisions accounted for 32.4% of total crashes in the United States making them the most common type of car accident.
The Washington Post reported that there are about 1.7 million rear end collisions in the U.S. each year, and that of those accidents approximately 500,000 people are injured.
How Do I Know Who Was At Fault For My Accident?
In nearly every case, the person who is at fault for a rear end accident is the person who strikes the second car from behind. There are a few rare instances where the driver in the front car may be considered the responsible party, for example, when a driver makes a sudden lane change with no warning and then comes quickly to a stop.
A car accident attorney can review your case and help you determine who is responsible for the injuries and losses you have suffered.
What Does New York’s No-Fault Law Mean?
New York’s No-Fault Law means that whenever anyone is involved in a car accident, they turn to their own insurance for reimbursement instead of seeking payment from the at-fault drivers insurance.
Why Should I Bother With A Lawsuit If I Have Insurance?
Time and time again, our clients have told us how shocked they are when they find out how much their medical care cost after their accident. Many come to us only after they find out that they won’t be able to pay for the care they need to heal the injuries they sustained during the accident.
Car accidents occur every day and people traveling in high traffic areas such as New York City are at an even greater risk of becoming involved in one.
Injuries Frequently Sustained
Damage to the spinal column or cord is one of the most frequently diagnosed injuries after being rear ended. The force of the impact can rotate vertebrae, fracture the vertebrae, damage the spinal cord, and result in spinal bleeding which can pool around the spinal cord.
These injuries may need surgery, physical therapy, and pain medications as treatments. In the worst cases, the patient may be paralyzed from the location of the injury down.
Traumatic Brain Injury
When struck from behind, the force of the impact can whip the head forward, causing it to strike the wheel, airbag, or a side window. If there are any loose items in the car, those items can be sent flying through the air and hit anyone.
If the head is hit with significant force, the victim may end up with bruising, bleeding, or tissue death in any part of the brain. These injuries take time to heal – if they heal at all. The victim may be left with changes to speech, movement, memory, and behavior.
Loss of Limb
Many times, an injury to a limb is so severe that surgeons are forced to amputate the limb. This amputation may mean that the victim is no longer able to do their job. Dealing with the loss of not only a limb, but also a way of life, is devastating.
It’s easy to forget that damaged cars can easily leak gasoline. It’s also easy for the gasoline to ignite and for fire to spread through the vehicle quickly, burning anyone inside. Burns take months, if not years, to heal and can leave extensive scarring.
What Can I Gain From Pursuing Legal Action?
If you choose to proceed with a personal injury complaint against the driver who was at fault for the accident, it is possible that you may be able to recover compensation for:
If you have been forced to take time away from work due to the injuries you sustained during the accident, it is within your rights to request compensation for the wages that you lost. It is also possible that you may be able to recover compensation for any lost promotions, bonuses that you may have been in line to receive, or other lost opportunities.
Victims typically find themselves overwhelmed with unexpected medical bills. The most frequently recovered type of damages is repayment of the cost of care needed by the car accident victims.
Funeral And Burial Expenses
The loved ones of those who have passed away have the right to seek repayment for the money they have been forced to spend on funeral and burial arrangements.