I Was Rear-Ended. Now What?

man stepping out of vehicle after rear end collision

Why Are Rear-End Crashes So Common?

You are driving, come across a yellow light, slow down to a stop, and as you’re waiting at the intersection - BANG. The vehicle behind you has driven straight into you. This is one of the most frustrating experiences for a driver, as you could not prevent the collision from happening.

Did you know that about 30% of all car accidents are rear-end crashes? Unfortunately, there’s a pretty high chance you’ll be in this type of accident at some point in your life. In many cases, these crashes occur when the car behind follows the car in front too closely. When it is time to brake, the behind car did not leave enough space and time to do so, and thus they collide with the front car’s bumper. This problem becomes even more common as we deal with upstate New York winter road conditions.

Rear-End Car Accident Injuries

Injuries sustained in these types of accidents can be mild to severe. In any case, if you are injured by a negligent driver, you deserve to seek compensation for your pain.

Some of the most common types of injuries sustained in rear-end accidents are:

  • Whiplash
  • Back and spine injuries
  • Arm and wrist injuries
  • Broken bones

Additionally, rear-end car accidents can cause emotional trauma. After being in a serious rear-end collision, the driver may experience symptoms of PTSD.

Seeking Compensation After Being Rear-Ended

If you have suffered physically or emotionally after a rear-end crash, you have the right to seek compensation through a personal injury claim.

You may be able to recover funds for:

  • Property damage to your vehicle or items in the vehicle
  • Medical bills for your injuries
  • Future medical bills if your injuries are expected to have long term effects
  • Your pain and suffering
  • Lost income after the accident

Albany Car Accident Attorneys

If an unobservant or reckless driver rear-ended you, contact Schillinger & Associates today. We can help you pursue compensation to cover the costs associated with the accident. Contact us today using our online form or give us a call at (518) 413-0889.