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Rear-End Collisions Come With Costly Ramifications

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Jacksboro TN rear end accident lawyerEarly this October, a rear-end collision on New Highway 68 ultimately resulted in the hospitalization of five travelers. The accident occurred when a Volkswagen Jetta was rear-ended by a Volkswagen Beetle. Due to the momentum of the collision, the Jetta was pushed into the other lane and collided with a Toyota Avalon. Two people involved in the collision were airlifted to the University of Tennessee Medical Center. The other three injured passengers were rushed to the Sweetwater Hospital. While no one was fatally injured, the accident reminds us of the dangerous implications of rear-end collisions. If you have been injured in a motor vehicle collision, you should contact medical personnel as quickly as possible and seek out legal representation. 

Rear-End Collisions Throughout the United States 

While some people think of rear-end collisions as minor, these types of car accidents can be incredibly serious. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), more than 2,200 Americans were killed in rear-end collisions throughout 2015 alone. An additional 556,000 Americans were injured in rear-end accidents. Although rear-end collisions only account for approximately 6% of all fatal injuries in motor vehicle collisions, they make up a staggering 32% of all crash injuries. 

Common Rear-End Collision Injuries

Rear-end collisions often cause injuries that result in chronic pain and costly physical therapy. When someone‚Äôs vehicle is struck from behind, they usually do not see the impact coming and are unable to brace for the collision, making spinal injuries likely. 

Whiplash is the most common type of spinal injury that victims experience, and it is caused by the rapid back-and-forth motion of the neck. Whiplash injuries can be incredibly painful, and symptoms can be immediate or delayed, ranging from neck pain or stiffness to fatigue and dizziness. 

Some other common rear-end collision injuries include traumatic brain injuries, broken ribs, and injuries to the facial structure. In the event of an injury, be sure to seek out medical attention as soon as possible. Save medical records and other documentation, since this information can be used to establish the extent of your injuries when filing a personal injury claim.

Contact a Jacksboro Personal Injury Attorney

In the vast majority of rear-end collisions, the accident is caused by the negligence of a driver. If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, it is critically important to meet with a qualified legal team. At Coller & Evans, Attorneys at Law, our team has spent years helping those involved in motor vehicle collisions receive financial compensation for their injuries and other damages. To schedule a free consultation with a Campbell County car accident lawyer, call our office today at 423-449-7980. 

Sources: 

https://www.citizentribune.com/news/state/wreck-sends-fve-to-the-hospital/article_9247ffc3-2911-5995-a29b-475f761a506b.html

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/whiplash/symptoms-causes/syc-20378921

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