Three Common Injuries in Rear-End Collisions
Many people believe that fender benders and getting rear-ended at low-to-moderate speeds are no big deal. However, the sudden backward and forward motion can cause various bodily injuries. If not treated, these injuries can become progressively worse. Once diagnosed, the severity of those injuries can be a determining factor in the compensation awarded during a personal injury case.
The car accident attorneys at Reed & Terry, LLP have helped numerous auto collision clients at their law offices in Sugar Land, Richmond, and Katy, TX. Below are three common examples of injuries caused by rear-end collisions.
A rear-end collision causes your neck and back to be thrust backward, forward and then back again. This violent motion of your body produces a whiplash effect. If severe enough, you may experience muscle cramps and strains. The effects of the whiplash can make it difficult to turn your head in any direction without discomfort. You may even experience limitations in movement.
Besides the pain associated with muscle cramps and tightness in the neck, whiplash is known to cause headaches that can last for several days. Slight dizziness and fatigue are also common with this type of injury. Severe cases of whiplash may even include symptoms such as blurred vision, difficulty sleeping and memory loss.
2. Broken Bones in the Hands and Wrists
Bracing yourself with your hands immediately after an impact is pure reflex. It prevents the rest of your body from hitting the dashboard or steering wheel at full force and reduces the risk of further injury. The only issue is that the bones in the hands and wrists might not be able to handle the impact, which could lead to a fracture.
If your hands and wrists hit the dashboard hard enough, a complete break could occur. This can lead to an extended time off from work as you recuperate from these injuries. It may even require you to change the way you do your work.
3. Herniated Discs
The vertebrae in your back are separated by discs. These discs are a natural cushion between bones that aid in flexibility and act as a shock absorber. Any amount of sudden backward and forward motion can throw them out of place and cause discomfort.
You might notice a slight tingling or numbness in your arms or legs after a disc has been ruptured. This is medically known as radiculopathy. Without treatment, the uneven pressure and/or indentation on your spinal nerves can eventually lead to premature degeneration and increase the potential for serious spinal pain.
How an Auto Accident Attorney Can Help
If you were recently and needlessly rear-ended by another car, van or truck, reach out to one of the best personal injury law firms in Texas. Reed & Terry, LLP has office locations in Sugar Land, Katy and Richmond, TX. Our board-certified personal injury attorneys are ready to work for you and your family now to get the money damages you deserve.
Reed & Terry, LLP has been practicing law in Texas and concentrating in Harris and Fort Bend Counties for over 28 years. They are proven and experienced trial lawyers that get results.
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