When it appears you have no injuries as the victim of a rear-end collision, your first impulse is probably just to go home and relax.
You might walk away with nothing more serious than a bump on the head but put off relaxing for a bit. You need a medical checkup and the report that comes with it.
Reaction to impact
A vehicle crash can happen in an instant and usually, we do not see it coming. Consequently, the unexpected jolt from a rear-end collision can cause serious physical damage. The human body is not designed to withstand this kind of impact and reacts by releasing chemicals such as adrenalin that can temporarily mask injuries and pain.
A revealing diagnosis
Prompt medical care is essential since a doctor may find that you have underlying injuries. That bump on the head might indicate a concussion or an even more serious type of traumatic brain injury. Symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, balance problems and difficulty concentrating may not appear for hours if not days following the collision.
An important medical report
The doctor will write a report that describes your injury, the expected outlook and the kind of treatment recommended. The report will also tie your injury directly to the car crash, which is a major point when the time comes to file a claim with an insurance company. The medical report will make it difficult for an insurer to deny your claim, so the company may try to interest you in a lowball settlement. Remember that as the victim of a vehicle crash you have a right to full and fair compensation to cover your medical expenses, lost wages and more.