Three cars were involved in a rear-end crash in Valley Lee last week. When police arrived on the scene at Piney Point Road and Reindeer Way at about 2:10 p.m., they observed serious damage to the three cars involved. They also saw one person trapped in a Honda sedan.
Firefighters were able to remove the victim from the car within minutes. That person was sent to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Three other victims at the scene refused medical care, so luckily this Maryland car accident did not result in any life-threatening injuries or deaths.
Common Injuries in Rear-End Collisions
The car accident in this case involved three cars but only seriously injured one person. But this isn't the case for most accidents that are caused by one car rear-ending another. In particular, rear-end collisions usually result in serious back and neck injuries.
One common example is whiplash, which is a neck injury that's caused when the head slams forward suddenly and then jerks backward just as fast. This often happens to the driver and any passengers inside the car that gets rear-ended. Even though this injury can be serious, it's not always immediately identified, as it can take days to start feeling the effects of whiplash.
Because of this, some victims of rear-end collisions in Maryland might feel okay after the crash, with no noticeable pain. So they leave the scene of the accident without getting medical treatment. But within a few days, their neck starts feeling stiff or painful. They might also have headaches, blurred vision, and dizziness, and their limbs could start tingling or feeling numb.
These symptoms are all signs of a serious back or neck injury that requires medical treatment. And anyone feeling these symptoms will likely seek the treatment they need, thinking the at-fault driver's car insurance policy should cover the costs. But this isn't always the case, because the insurance company typically argues that if you didn't get immediate medical treatment right after the crash, you weren't injured from the accident as you claim. That's why you need a Maryland personal injury lawyer to fight for you if you're dealing with neck or back injuries after a car accident.
Hire a Maryland Car Accident Attorney After You Get Rear-Ended
Clearly, neck and back injuries deserve medical treatment. After all, you don't want the issue to get worse, leaving you unable to move at all without extreme pain. So seeing a doctor when you start to notice signs of whiplash or other neck and back injuries is a good move—though it's even better to see a doctor immediately after the accident just in case.
However, if you wait too long to get care—such as days after a car accident—you risk it not being covered by the at-fault driver's insurance provider. Instead, they'll use your delay of treatment as an excuse to not pay for your care, as they'll claim you're either not in pain at all or didn't suffer the injury in a car accident with their client.
This is why you need to hire a personal injury attorney after a rear-end collision in Maryland, especially if you delayed medical care after the accident. An attorney can communicate with the insurance company, gather medical records and the police report, and negotiate as needed. So if you've been injured in a rear-end collision, contact a Maryland car accident attorney today for help.