Common rear-end accident injuries can vary from minor scratches to catastrophic spinal cord injuries. When a drunk driver causes a rear-end crash, the consequences can be tragic.At Falcon Law Firm, LLC, our rear-end accident attorneys believe negligent drivers should be held accountable for their actions. Call today if you or a loved one have been hurt in an accident due to someone’s careless act. You can schedule a free consultation by clicking here or calling (732) 660-1200.
Woman Suffers Fatal Injuries From Being Rear-Ended
Recently, a truck fatally rear-ended a North Carolina woman on Route 9 in New Jersey. According to the report, the crash involved a Toyota Echo with four people. Among them was twenty-year-old Ciara Gee of Raleigh, North Carolina. When paramedics were called to the scene, Ciara was pronounced dead.
While the investigation is still pending, it has been determined that forty-year-old Sergio Seixeiro struck the car from behind. As of this article, Sergio has been charged with:
- Driving while intoxicated
- Vehicular homicide
- Three counts of assault by auto.
State police believe the contributing factors to the rear-end collision involve speed and driving while intoxicated. Seixeiro is being held at the Middle County Adult Correction Center until his pre-trial hearings.
Examples of Rear-End Accident Injuries in New Jersey and Pennsylvania
At Falcon Law Firm, LLC, we have extensive experience helping rear-end car accident victims. Whiplash is one of the most common rear-end accident injuries.
Neck, Head, and Shoulder Injuries, Usually Resulting in Whiplash
When a vehicle fails to stop and strikes a car from behind, the body can lurch forward, causing a whipping effect to the spine and neck. Symptoms of whiplash include:
- Moderate to severe neck pain
- Stiffness of the neck, sometimes limiting mobility
- Shoulder pain
- Low back pain
- Dizziness, especially when moving from a sitting to a standing position
- Pain in the arm or hand
- Numbness in the arm or blurred
- Blurred vision
- Concentration and memory problems
Whiplash can be delayed by several hours to days following a crash, so it is important to seek medical attention after a collision. At the emergency room, whiplash can be diagnosed via the following methods:
- Magnetic resonance imaging, MRIs
- Computed tomography, or CT scans
Whiplash can be treated in several ways:
- Ice packs are helpful within the first 24 hours of the incident
- Neck collars can protect your neck and prevent you from further injuries
- Physical therapy
- Osteopathic manipulation
Back Injury From Rear-End Car Accident
Sustaining back injuries from a rear-end car accident can be devastating. Spinal injuries can be catastrophic, often causing long-term pain and damage. As the body jerks from impact, the spine can be compressed, and the lower back muscles and ligaments bruised.
Herniated disks can also present problems over time. A spinal disc acts as a shock absorber and holds the ligaments of the spine together. Discs can tear open, leak, put pressure against the spine, and pinch in a rear-end collision. Sufferers tend to experience:
- Pain in the extremities
- Tingle sensations
Arm and Wrist Injuries
Arm and wrist injuries are also common. When drivers brace for a crash’s impact, they instinctively tense their arms, wrists, and hands. However, by stiffening the hands and arms, accident victims contribute to the severity of the injury. Most suffer:
- Broken wrists
- Wrist sprain
- Stress fractures
- Dislocated shoulder or joint
Broken, fractured, and Dislocated Bones
While an airbag deployed after an accident may save a driver or passenger’s life, it can come at a cost. Rear-end accidents that deploy the airbag can bruise or break the ribcage and sternum. Additionally, a seatbelt jerking across the chest may crack or break ribs.
Broken bones may present symptoms that include:
- Deep, intense ache or sharp pain
- Severe bruising
- Feeling chills
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, can cause many problems. In some cases, injured parties can experience permanent damage. The most common symptoms of a TBI are:
- Torn neurons
Amputations and Loss of Limbs
When high speeds play a part in the crash, occupants can experience catastrophic injuries. Victims may lose hands, feet, or limbs or may need to have them removed. Losing an extremity is profoundly life-altering. Victims must relearn every aspect of their life, including:
- Day to day activities, like putting on a shirt or shoes
- Commuting to and from places may need to be adjusted, whether driving, biking, or walking
In addition to the physical adjustments, amputees often suffer pain from nerve damage and phantom limb syndrome. The emotional and psychological toll from losing a limb is significantly taxing. Facing a lifetime of physical therapy, prosthetic limbs, pain management, therapy, and more can be overwhelming.
Amputations and lost limbs are often the sources of a decreased quality of life. Accommodations may be needed for the house and may require adjustments.
Crushing injuries occur when occupants are pressed against the ground or the vehicle has been crumpled during the accident. Often, they involve internal organ damage and bleeding.
At Falcon Law Firm, LLC, we understand the serious impact catastrophic injuries can have on a person’s life. If you or a loved one have experienced devastating injuries due to driver negligence, call one of our esteemed rear-end car accident lawyers.
How Rear-End Accident Injuries Affect Drivers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released a study that analyzed rear-end collisions across the country. The study found:
- Rear-end collisions are the most frequent kind of accident
- More than 29% of all traffic accidents are rear-ending injuries
- Nearly 87% of rear-end collisions involve a distracted driver
- 64% of drivers took their eyes off the road
The study concluded that infrastructure improvement might not be enough. Adding safety measures to cars themselves may be necessary, like a rear-signaling system that stops after the vehicle comes to a complete stop.
At Falcon Law Firm, LLC, we will fight for the compensation you deserve for your injuries
How Falcon Law Firm, LLC, Can Help Secure the Compensation You Deserve
If you or a loved one have suffered injuries in a rear-end collision, Falcon Law Firm, LLC is here for you. For over two decades, our superior legal team has recovered hundreds of millions in verdicts and settlements for our clients.
- We provide close, personal, and responsive service
- We are fluent in Spanish
- We are a highly accomplished litigation firm, earning recognition with:
- TheMillion Dollars Advocates
- Best Attorneys in America
- National Trial Lawyers Association Top 100 Trial Lawyer
What Damages Are You Entitled to After Suffering Injuries from Being Rear-Ended?
Typically, accident victims will recover the costs of repairing your vehicle. If the cost of repairs exceeds the value of your motor vehicle, it is important to speak with your rear-end accident lawyer. An experienced attorney can review your claim to ensure you receive the full compensation you deserve.
Recoverable damages may include:
- Complete coverage of your medical expenses related to the accident
- Lost wages if you are unable to work
- Loss of future income
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of consortium
- Emotional distress damages
- Possible punitive damages for gross negligence
If you or a loved one have experienced a whiplash injury due to a negligent motorist, consult with one of our personal injury lawyers to discuss the compensation you deserve.
Call Falcon Law Firm, LLC Today for Your Rear-End Accident Attorney
Injuries from being rear-ended are often significant. Whiplash injuries can be especially painful, sometimes lasting for months at a time. Soft tissue injuries, including strains and sprains to the muscles and tendons, can be difficult to prove. At Falcon Law firm, LLC, our experienced rear-end accident attorneys have the skills, resources, and medical experts to overcome complex medical cases.
Damage to a vehicle is tangible. Unfortunately, the suffering, pain, and trauma rear-end accident victims experience are not. At Falcon Law Firm, LLC, we know the key to securing the maximum compensation for our clients is to present intangible feelings in a way that an otherwise healthy person can understand.If you or a loved one have been hurt in a rear-end collision, you need Falcon Law Firm, LLC. Receive a free evaluation of your case today by clicking here or calling (732) 838-5435. We have served clients with honesty, integrity, and determination for more than two decades.