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IL accident lawyerBeing in a car accident can have a profound impact on your life. Injuries may lead to long-term pain and suffering, loss of functioning, reduced independence, and other negative consequences. In addition to the physical pain and emotional anguish caused in a serious car accident, being hurt in a crash can also lead to major financial harm. Neck injuries are very common in car accidents – especially rear-end and T-bone accidents. Even a low-speed accident can lead to neck injuries that cause months or years of painful symptoms. If you or a loved one suffered a neck injury in an accident or the accident aggravated an existing neck injury, you may be able to seek financial compensation.

What Types of Neck Injuries May Be Caused by a Car Accident?

Most people rarely think about it, but the neck has a tremendously important function. Not only does the neck control the movement of the head, but it also encompasses important nerves, muscles, and bones. An injury to the soft tissue, muscles, ligaments, tendons, or vertebrae in the neck can lead to significant disability. Some of the most common neck injuries caused by car accidents include:

  • Whiplash – When the head suddenly moves forward or backward in a crash, the soft tissues of the neck can become significantly damaged. Whiplash can be extremely painful, but it is often difficult to prove because the injury does not show up on x-rays.
  • Injuries to spinal discs – The vertebrae of the neck and spine are sandwiched between fluid-filled discs that absorb shock and prevent damage to the vertebrae and spinal cord. A car accident can cause the discs to slip out of place, tear, rupture, or otherwise become damaged. Herniated discs can be severely painful -especially if the disc puts pressure on the nerves of the spinal cord.
  • Nerve damage – Nerves are responsible for sending signals throughout the body. Damage to nerves in the neck and back can cause significant disability. If nerves are stretched, torn, or otherwise harmed in a car accident, the victim may experience pain, numbness, tingling, and loss of function in certain body parts.

Damages in a Neck Injury Claim

If your car accident was caused by the negligent or illegal actions of another party such as a drunk driver, you may be able to recover compensation for your damages. The most common damage in a car accident claim includes medical expenses, lost income from missed work, impairment to the victim’s future earning capacity, and pain and suffering. However, to recover compensation, you will need to show that:

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Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer,Despite advances in vehicle-safety technology, car accidents remain common causes of serious injuries and fatalities in Illinois. Unfortunately, even the safest drivers can fall victim to the negligence of other road users.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, car crash injuries sent more than 2.5 million Americans to emergency rooms in 2012. These hospital visits are not cheap; in fact, Americans will each pay $3,300 on average for treating car accident injuries in their lifetimes. Read on to learn five of the most common car crash injuries in Illinois:

1. Neck Injuries

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Chicago auto accident lawyer, distracted driving, insurance claims, neck injuries, rear end crash, rear-end collisions, Wheaton auto accident lawyerRear-end collisions are some of the most common types of car accidents that occur in the United States. They can occur for a myriad of reasons, and as issues like distracted driving become a more prominent problem (especially in major cities like Chicago where traffic is bad) the number of rear-end collisions will continue to rise.

According to research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly 30 percent of annual crashes are rear-end collisions, and were responsible for a third of all injuries caused on the roadway. Over two percent of all licensed drivers will be involved in a rear-end crash at some point during one year, and more than 35 percent of all people involved in any type of car accident were involved in only a rear-end crash.

If you are involved in a rear-end crash, the most important step is to contact an accident attorney. This is especially important if you fear that you have been injured in the crash. It is also important if you were responsible for the rear-end crash, as these types of collisions are very likely to be wracked with insurance fraud following the incident.

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