Why Seek Medical Attention after a Rear-End Crash in Charlotte?

During the course of 2013, 6,337 people were injured each day in motor vehicle crashes, according to Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association. Many crash victims were hurt when they were rear-ended, as rear-end collisions are one of the most common kinds of crashes on U.S. roads.   If a victim was hurt in a rear-end crash, the victim could get compensation for losses if the other driver was at fault and caused the crash to occur. Rear-drivers are presumed at fault, so in most rear-end crash cases, it is people in the front car which was hit who end up pursuing claims for compensation after accidents happen. 

If you plan to pursue a claim for damages because someone rear-ended your car, you will need to get medical attention right away.  Even if you don’t plan to make a personal injury case (and even if you were at fault for causing the crash by driving too close to the driver in front of you), you need to get medical help.

Why Seek Medical Attention After a Rear-End Crash?

All parties involved in an accident, regardless of whether they plan to seek compensation from auto insurers for crash losses, should have a medical exam after an accident happens.

Rear-end crashes can do a lot of damage to the body, and sometimes things like whiplash or brain injury don’t manifest outward symptoms right away, according to Mayo Clinic and WebMD.  By going to a doctor, getting a diagnosis and getting prompt treatment, a crash victim’s life could be saved or more serious injuries could be prevented.

For those who wish to pursue a claim for compensation for crash losses, there is also another reason to get medical attention. Victims are going to have to show who was at fault to successfully make an injury claim and get payments from insurers whose policyholders caused the crash. In rear-collisions, front drivers benefit from the presumption the following motorist was to blame for the accident.  Victims will also have to show how badly they were damaged– and getting medical exams completed right after the accident is the key to this proof.

If you go to the doctor after a crash, your doctor will make a full accounting of all your injuries and will keep medical records detailing the damage. Your comprehensive medical records can be used to try to convince insurers to negotiate a fair settlement offer to compensate you for injuries without going to court on a personal injury claim.  If you don’t have records, insurers could try to argue your injuries really weren’t that bad or could try to argue your injuries were caused by something besides the crash. With medical records prepared right after the crash, you are better able to refute those arguments and fight for the car crash compensation you deserve.