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New Braunfels rear-end collision lawyerWhen you think of a rear-end accident, you may think of something small, like a fender bender. In many cases, injuries from a rear-end accident will likely be mild to moderate. However, any type of car accident has the potential to be serious. The Insurance Information Institute (III) states that rear-end car accidents were responsible for more than 7 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2019. Injuries sustained from a rear-end accident can affect your everyday life and result in chronic conditions that may never truly heal. If you have been in a rear-end accident, you should discuss it with a Texas car accident injury lawyer.

Determining Fault After a Rear-End Accident

One of the first things that injury victims should do after a car crash is try to determine whose fault the accident was. In most cases, rear-end accidents are the fault of the vehicle whose front end collided with the other vehicle’s back end. For example, a collision could take place if the driver of the rear vehicle fails to notice that the vehicle in front is slowing down. However, total fault is not always assigned to one person. In some cases, the driver in front can be partially at fault for the accident. For example, perhaps the driver in the above situation was slowing down to turn, but they did not have their turn signal on. They could then be found partially responsible for the collision accident.

Injuries After a Rear-End Collision

There are various injuries that could result from a rear-end accident, including:

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New Braunfels car accident injury attorneyIn many cases, car accident injuries are obvious right away. Victims may experience visible bruises and lacerations, noticeably broken bones, spinal cord injuries that result in immediate paralysis, or traumatic brain injuries that result in a loss of consciousness. However, other times, victims may emerge from an accident seemingly unscathed or without realizing the full extent of their injuries, only to have them become apparent soon after or in the coming days. If you are in a car wreck, you should always look out for signs of internal injuries that may require immediate medical attention.

Common Internal Injuries in Car Accidents

The blunt force trauma of a collision between vehicles can potentially cause many different types of internal injuries. Some of the most common include:

  • Torn or ruptured blood vessels

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TX injury lawyerAlready this year, the San Antonio area has seen multiple car accidents resulting from police chases. These events can encourage fleeing drivers to travel at high speeds, make unsafe maneuvers, and otherwise violate traffic laws that aim to promote safety on the roads. Unfortunately, when a crash does happen, it is often innocent bystanders who are injured. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car crash related to a police chase, an attorney can help you pursue compensation.

National Statistics for Police Chase Accidents

The U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics has closely examined police vehicle pursuits and their effects in recent years, most recently publishing a special report in 2017. Over the 20-year time period covered by the report, researchers found an average of 355 annual fatalities due to police chases. While occupants of the vehicle being pursued accounted for the majority of these fatalities, 33 percent of those who lost their lives were uninvolved bystanders. The report also found a similar percentage for bystander injuries.

Liability in a Police Chase Accident

If you have been injured as a bystander because of a police chase, there is a good chance that your injuries are due to no fault of your own. However, it can be complicated to determine who is at fault and how or if you can pursue compensation through a personal injury claim. The answer to these questions may depend on whether you were injured due to the actions of the suspect, an officer in pursuit, or a combination of the two.

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Tx injury lawyerWithin the past week, two rollover car accidents stalled traffic on major highways in the San Antonio area. The first happened on I-35 northeast of San Antonio when a car carrying four passengers lost control and impacted two separate semi-trucks. The second happened north of San Antonio on Loop 1604 and involved two vehicles. These two crashes are part of a larger pattern of dangerous rollover accidents, which often result in serious and fatal injuries.

Common Injuries From Rollover Accidents

In a rollover accident involving multiple vehicles, some injuries may be caused by the initial impact. However, the most severe injuries tend to result from the vehicle overturning. In some cases, drivers or passengers are ejected from the vehicle and suffer injuries from their impact with the road, ground, or other objects in the vicinity. In other cases, drivers or passengers are trapped inside the overturned vehicle and may suffer serious injuries as the vehicle is crushed. Some common injuries resulting from these accidents include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries - With the multiple points of impact that come with a rollover accident, there are many opportunities for concussions and other brain injuries as the head is shaken or impacted by the vehicle, the road, or the ground.
  • Neck and spinal cord injuries - The force and compression of a rollover crash can damage the vertebrae and spinal discs and, in some cases, the spinal cord itself, which can cause paralysis.
  • Broken bones - Bones throughout the body can also be fractured or crushed in a rollover, including the arms, legs, hips, and ribs.
  • Internal organ injuries - The lungs, kidneys, intestines, and other organs can also suffer damage in a rollover crash. Some internal injuries are obvious, including those caused by puncture wounds, but others may not be immediately apparent.
  • Cuts and lacerations - Broken glass and impacts with other sharp or hard surfaces can cause lacerations that in some cases result in permanent scarring or disfigurement.

Reacting to a Rollover Crash

One of the most important things to do if you are injured in a rollover accident is to get to safety and seek immediate medical attention. If you or a passenger is trapped in the vehicle, call 911 for professional assistance from first responders. As soon as you can, you should also consult with a personal injury attorney and start building your case for compensation from another driver who caused or contributed to the accident through their negligent actions.

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TX injury lawyerIn December, a 12-year-old San Antonio girl spoke for the first time since a car accident that happened in May 2019. The crash had left her with a traumatic brain injury that affected her speech and ability to walk, and this recent development has been a source of hope and inspiration for the girl, her family, and her community.

This story can provide hope for recovery to other car accident victims, but it also serves as a reminder that the road to recovery can be long, and that car accident injuries can have a major impact on your daily life. Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can have especially severe effects on both physical and mental health and abilities.

The Effects of Traumatic Brain Injuries

TBIs include concussions and other injuries that result from a forceful impact or jolt to the head, such as the impact of a vehicle collision. They can affect speech and language in different ways. For example, the injury may affect the area of the brain that controls the muscles involved in speech, resulting in speech that is slurred or slower than usual. Alternatively, the injury could affect the mental processes involved in speech, making it difficult to pronounce words consistently, find the correct words to use, or understand the speech of other people.

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The sooner you call, the sooner we can build your case, secure evidence and get maximum compensation for your injuries.

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