Were You Injured In A Rear-End Collision?
Insurance companies often equate damage to your vehicle to severity of your injury. In other words, if your vehicle did not sustain significant damage in the accident, then you could not have been seriously injured. This is, of course, a fallacy, especially in rear-end collisions, which produce some of the most serious injuries.
At the Law Office of Robert A. Miller, in Eugene, Oregon, we represent those people who have suffered injuries due to someone else’s negligence or carelessness. If you have been injured in a rear-end collision, our lawyers offer a free initial consultation to explain your rights and answer your questions.
Injuries After A Car Has Rear-Ended You
Bumpers on cars are designed to withstand direct impacts with another vehicle. Unfortunately, our bodies are not. When someone is rear-ended by another vehicle, the force of the impact is transmitted to the individuals sitting in the vehicle. Rear-end collisions can cause whiplash-type injuries to the neck and back, even though the car may not show significant damage. These types of collisions can even cause carpal tunnel injuries from gripping the wheel too tight.
The amount of damage to your car says more about how well your car was built than it does about the severity of the crash. Don’t let the insurance company assume that minor property damage means only minor personal injuries.
Getting Immediate Medical Treatment
If you are in pain, you should not assume that it will get better in a few days. Your Oregon no-fault insurance includes medical coverage for injuries suffered in car accidents, regardless of fault. The purpose of seeking medical attention is two-fold:
- So you can get the treatment you need to get better
- So you can document your injuries if it turns out you need to file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver who rear-ended you
Another reason to get immediate medical treatment is that you may not feel pain immediately after a car accident because you are in shock. However, pain can set in later. It may even take a day or two after the accident before symptoms present themselves.