Rear end accidents are the most common type of accident in the United States and many of these accidents involve commercial drivers. Most rear end accidents occur at low speeds, but the passengers in the leading car may still be injured, even in collisions that happen at 5 MPH. When people think of truck accidents, they assume that the truck is a big semi-tractor trailer and are often aware that trucking companies use flatbeds, pickup trucks, vans and delivery trucks as well. Whenever a commercial driver collides with another vehicle in front of his or her own, he or she is liable for the resulting damages.
Whiplash & Soft-Tissue Injuries Sustained In Rear-End Truck Collisions
Whiplash is a condition that is extremely common in those who have been involved in a rear end collision and the symptoms may not be present until several days after the accident. About 20% of rear end accidents result in whiplash. Experts believe that the injury is caused by the stretching of the spine and tears in the ligaments that support the neck. The result is a combination of symptoms that include headaches, pins and needles that extend from the neck down to the shoulders and arms, pain and stiffness in the neck and soreness in the middle back.
Whiplash is treated through physical therapy, which is designed to repair the ligaments that are responsible for moving the neck. Patients are instructed to do a series of exercises that strengthen the surrounding muscles so that less strain is placed on the torn ligament while it heals. Some doctors believe that cervical collars should only be used for periods of three days or less because it can worsen the injury if the neck is immobilized for too long in some instances while other doctors believe in immobilizing the neck for a period of two to three weeks before beginning physical therapy.
Cervical & Lumbar Injuries When A Truck Strikes Another Vehicle From Behind
The force exerted in even ‘moderate’ speed rear-end accidents upon the occupants of a vehicle can be substantial enough to jostle them or cause them to move awkwardly very rapidly. This quick movement can cause unnatural movement which can result in serious injuries to the ‘discs’ in back and neck. In fact, some rear-end accidents can cause a condition known as a herniated disc — when the cushiony space between the bony discs gets pushed out of place or compressed. Sometimes people with herniated discs can be treated with conservative treatment such as physical therapy or pain management, while other people may need a surgery such as a disectomy or fusion.
Damage to Vehicles When A Large Truck Collides With Them
Trucks are capable of doing great physical damage to a vehicle at slow speeds and if the car that the truck has collided with is in the driver’s front blind spot, he or she may end up pushing the vehicle into an intersection or another vehicle before noticing the accident. The truck driver is not only liable for the damage done to the car that was hit, but he or she is also liable if the vehicle collided with any other vehicle as part of a pileup accident. The driver and the company he or she drives for may be required to pay damages for every single vehicle involved in the crash and to pay all of the resulting hospital bills for all of the people hurt in the accident.
The Need for Legal Representation From Zealous Truck Accident Attorneys Even In Relatively ‘Straight Forward’ Trucking Injury Cases
If you have been rear ended in a truck accident, the truck company is already planning its defense in order to avoid being held accountable. The company will claim that your injuries are exaggerated, the driver was not at fault because you were in his blind spot or stopped too quickly, or any other excuse that the company feels will hold up in court. You need an experienced advocate who is able to anticipate the defense’s tactics and put your case together in a manner that proves the full extent of your injury and the culpability of the driver and the company, by extension.
Chicago Truck Injury Lawyers are a highly reputable firm that represents clients throughout all of Illinois who have been involved in truck accidents due to the fault of a negligent driver. We have access to medical experts who can evaluate your injuries and testify about the true extent of your medical damages and the costs associated with them. We refuse to let truck companies excuse themselves of responsibility for the actions of their drivers and will collect the most damages possible for you under law. Contact us today to set up a free consultation, or call 312-818-4450 for immediate assistance.