Hit from behind – can I claim for whiplash? Claim in 3 easy steps

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Being involved in a hit from behind car accident is an extremely traumatising and stressful experience. If you have gotten injuries from a road traffic accident, you can find yourself with short- or long-term injuries; that can have a damaging impact on your daily life. If you have gotten injuries due to a road traffic accident, we highly encourage you to contact one of our qualified solicitors at Solicitors On Your Side Scotland.

In this article, we will be covering “hit from behind” accidents; and how they are a frequent cause of whiplash in Scotland.

What is whiplash?

Whiplash is a neck sprain during which the soft tissue of your neck is pulled or injured. It is caused by unforeseen vigorous movement of the head forwards, backwards or sideways. Whiplash can influence your daily life, hindering you from fulfilling your everyday duties. Whiplash effects are not usually felt right away and can even happen 12-16 days after the accident happens. The most characteristic signs of whiplash are neck discomfort and tenderness, muscle spasms, pain in the shoulder and arms, neck stiffness.

What causes hit from behind accidents? 

The highway code states that: 

“Leave enough space between you and the vehicle in front, so that you can pull up safely if it suddenly stops”

Not following the rule can lead to accidents during which a motor vehicle goes into the back of another, causing an accident. That can occur when the vehicle must suddenly stop due to unforeseen danger. However, other common causes of a hit from behind accidents include:

  • The driver behind not paying attention and going into the driver in front.
  • The driver behind did not leave a sufficient gap between them and the car in front leading to an accident.
  • The driver in front had to suddenly stop due to a hazard in front, leading to the driver behind driving into them.
  • Dangerous driving.
  • Careless driving.
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. That leads to slower reactions, and therefore accidents.

Other common injuries from hit from behind accidents

After being involved in a hit from behind accident, there is a variety of injuries that you may experience. The most common types of less severe injuries you may experience are:

  • Neck injuries
  • Minor head injuries
  • Bruises and lacerations

We recommend that you are more than eligible to claim for these injuries after a road traffic accident. Contact us now to start a successful claim now.

More severe injuries you may experience include:

  • Severe head injuries, to read more about head injuries, read here.
  • Back and spine injuries, to read more about back and spine injuries, read here.
  • Broken bones
  • Amputations from road traffic accidents, to read more about amputations, read here.
  • Accidents leading to a fatality, to read more about fatal accidents, read here.

These types of injuries are acquired from severe road traffic accidents and can be obtained from serious, high-speed hit from behind accidents.

We recommend that injuries are not the only thing you can claim for after a road traffic accident, you can also claim for:

  • Loss of earning. Such as the time that is taken off work, or payments you had to make for your treatment of injuries.
  • Psychological damage, such as fear of travel, anxiety, and depression after the accident.

If you would like to start a successful claim with one of our experienced personal injury solicitors, click here or call us on 0141 648 4428.

How to claim?

You can claim with us in 3 easy steps:

  • 1. After the accident, the first thing you should do is make sure everyone is safe. Call any emergency services if necessary.
  • 2. Gather as much evidence as possible such as:
  • Photos and videos of the scene and your injuries
  • Witness reports
  • CCTV footage
  • Dashcam footage
  • Medical reports
  • 3. Contact us now. Start a successful claim with one of our experienced personal injury solicitors.

How much compensation will I get? 

The amount of compensation you will get is considerably determined by how much evidence you can provide, and how severe the accident and damages were. If you want to find out how much compensation you may get, call us now, and our solicitors can help determine how much compensation you may get.

How can we help?

We will ensure to help you gather all the necessary evidence, such as medical reports to ensure you have a strong claim. We will stand by you throughout the entire process, ensuring you get the outcome that you deserve.

Contact our solicitors now!

We know the process thoroughly and can offer free consultations to see how much compensation you may get for your case.

Contact us now. Solicitors On Your Side Scotland can offer you free advice and consultations. Our solicitors can help you on a no win-no fee basis. That means there will be no hidden fees.

Contact us today by phoning 0141 648 4428, emailing [email protected], or by using our website by filling out an online form.

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