Collisions occur with a great deal of frequency. According to the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety the number of traffic accidents in Georgia is the highest it has been in a decade. In 2015, the most recent report, there were 385,221 crashes in the state. As a result of these crashes there were 1,430 fatalities which is an increase of 17 percent over the previous year. As expected, Atlanta had more crashes than rural areas in the state with a lower population. Not all accidents result in serious injuries or deaths. The most serious injuries typically occur when vehicles are traveling at a high rate of speed. However, rear-end collisions can cause very severe injuries and permanent disabilities, even if they occur at relatively low speeds.
Injuries Caused by Rear-End Crashes
Rear end collisions can cause serious injuries. Whiplash is one of the most common injuries that happen as a result of a rear end crash. This injury occurs to the neck or back when the neck is whipped back and forth forcefully such as what occurs in a rear-end crash. The symptoms of whiplash may include a variety of signs such as neck or back pain, stiff neck and headaches among others. Sometimes the symptoms may not occur immediately following the crash but may become apparent after several hours or days.
The severity of the symptoms directly corresponds to the severity of the injury. It is important to get a medical assessment as soon as possible. The doctor will need to examine your injury and take x-rays to determine the extent of injuries. You may have a fracture in the spine or discs of the back, torn ligaments or damage to the tissues and muscles. You may need to have a CT scan or MRI to further evaluate and diagnose your injuries.
Treatment of Whiplash
Whiplash can be extremely painful so it requires pain management, typically through the use of medications. Other things are also helpful to reduce pain after this type of injury. It is helpful to rest the neck and back for the first day after an injury occurs. Applying ice or heat to the area could provide some comfort. Prescription muscle relaxants or injections might be necessary to help the pain subside.
In addition to medication, you may need to undergo some rehabilitative physical therapy. Specific types of exercises can improve movement and increase range of motion. In some instances the neck needs to remain stabilized. This is done with the use of a foam collar. The collar provides support for the neck and head and prevents you from making fast movements that could further damage the area. Alternative treatments may be helpful such as acupuncture, massage or chiropractic treatment.
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If you were seriously injured in a rear-end collision you may be entitled to compensation. It is helpful to seek guidance from an experienced personal injury attorney in Atlanta. Contact the legal team at The Bader Law Firm to assist you in obtaining the compensation you deserve for your injuries and damages.