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Rear-end collisions are often dismissed as fender benders, but they can result in serious harm. If the rear vehicle was going fast enough, the front vehicle’s occupants can suffer soft-tissue damage, head wounds, and internal injuries to their organs. Each of these can lead to months out of work, costly medical bills, and a great deal of pain.

If you were rear-ended and suffered a serious injury, you deserve full compensation for your trauma. Insurance companies often dismiss these collisions as minor, even when victims suffer spinal cord injuries, brain damage, or fractured ribs. To get the most out of your claim, you need to work with a skilled Omaha rear-end accident attorney at Bottlinger Law L.L.C. who will not dismiss or devalue your injuries. To get our strong and aggressive representation after a wreck, call (402) 505-8234 and schedule a free consultation.

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Causes of Rear-End Collisions

Rear-end collisions are wildly common and are always the result of at least one negligent driver ignoring the rules of the road. Speeding, making improper lane changes, being distracted, and drinking alcohol can all cause drivers to collide with a vehicle in front of them. These collisions are easily avoided when drivers pay attention and act responsibility, but sadly, many do not.

In our experience, Omaha rear-end collisions are the result of:

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Why Rear-End Accidents Should Be Taken Seriously

Rear-end collisions often get conflated with fender benders or other “minor” collisions, but they are more serious than people think. For one, the front vehicle’s airbags rarely deploy. Airbags are designed to deploy during collisions with the front of a vehicle, such as when a driver hits a pole or tree head-on. During a rear-end collision, the driver and front-seat passenger can be shoved forward into the dashboard and suffer brain damage.

Another aspect to consider is the speed and weight of the at-fault vehicle. Heavier vehicles like semi-trucks, SUVs, pickups, and vans all need more time to come to complete stops. If they are traveling at high speeds and the driver is inexperienced, it can result in a high-speed, high-impact rear-end collision. While the crumple zones in the back of the front vehicle may absorb some of the damage, most of it will be applied to the vehicle’s occupants. In some cases, passengers in the rear seats, such as children, suffer extensive trauma.

Many insurance companies dismiss or devalue rear-end collisions, under the theory that victim only have whiplash and do not need long-term medical care. But even with soft-tissue injuries, victims may need to take multiple weeks off work and attend months of physical therapy to heal. During that time, they may lose out on multiple paychecks and find it difficult to put food on the table. A seemingly “minor” rear-end collision can add up drastically. That is why it is important to include every cost after a wreck.

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What Can I Recover in a Claim?

Your main priority after being rear-ended may be to get your emergency room bill paid and back to work, but your claim can include so much more. Under Nebraska state law, car wreck victims are entitled to all of the damages they have suffered due to the negligent driver, which can include:

  • Past and future medical expenses, including emergency room bills, surgeries, hospital care, rehabilitation, physical therapy, medication, and medical equipment
  • Lost wages from taking time off work
  • Lost earning capacity if you had to change jobs or careers
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

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Dealing With an Insurance Company

When you first file a claim with the other driver’s insurance company, the adjuster handling your claim may seem friendly and supportive. But, when it comes time to pay you money, they will likely devalue your injuries, treat your case as minor, or flat-out dismiss your claim without a second thought. This is because insurance companies make money by paying out as little as possible in accident claims, especially rear-end collisions.

But you know how serious your injuries were and understand the full weight of the trauma you experienced. You may have unpaid medical bills to deal with, be struggling at work, and be under a great deal of stress to settle. Before you do so, reach out to Bottlinger Law L.L.C. Our Omaha personal injury attorneys have dealt with numerous dismissive insurance companies and know how to fight back. We can investigate your collision immediately, collect evidence of negligence, and negotiate for full compensation on your behalf.

Do not let an insurance company get the better of you. Call Bottlinger Law L.L.C. at (402) 505-8234 to learn about your options after a rear-end collision.

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