Rear-end collisions happen to many drivers every day. Sometimes, these wrecks are minor. For example, you could have been sitting at a red light when the car behind you edged into you. An inspection reveals no damage to your vehicle and perhaps not to the other car.
Other times, these collisions result in visible damage to at least one car. However, one hidden danger of a rear-end collision has to do with the fact that injuries such as whiplash can get much worse months after an accident.
See a doctor
If you were in a rear-end collision, it is a good idea to see a doctor even if you think your pain is minor or from something else. For example, you may attribute the stiffness in your neck to persistent posture problems from being in an office chair all day and realize only a year later when it gets worse that the car wreck is the real cause. However, because you have yet to see a doctor about it, proving a case may be more difficult.
Twinges of pain or tiny aches can easily become major problems later. Put your health first, and get checked out.
See an attorney
Under Florida’s statute of limitations, you have four years from the date of the collision to file a lawsuit (you may have an extra year if the other driver did not have insurance). It is best to see an attorney as quickly as possible to ensure you leave all of your options open. Also, the other driver involved may try to sue you, claiming that negligence on your part contributed to the accident in some way. In fact, it is almost a given that in insurance settlement talks, insurance adjusters will bring the comparative negligence rule into play. It states that the compensation you are eligible for goes down by the percentage of blame assigned to you.
In a nutshell, one hidden danger of a rear-end collision is that people do not always take it seriously. Get any aches or pains checked out, and think about meeting with a lawyer to discuss your options.