Florida Highway Patrol troopers had a difficult time assessing and clearing debris from a recent series of rear-end collisions on several east and westbound lanes of Interstate 4 in Deland. Troopers say the accidents began around 5:30 p.m. and involved nine separate crashes involving at least 26 vehicles between mile markers 121 and 127. They report that four of the accidents occurred in the westbound lanes of I-4 and five more occurred in the eastbound lanes. Most of the accidents were rear-end collisions and remain under investigation, according to troopers. At least three people were transported to area hospitals for treatment for undisclosed injuries and investigators say the number of uninjured is likely to rise in the coming days and weeks.
One of the main reasons why troopers expect the number of injured to increase in the coming weeks is that in many cases involving rear-end accidents, accident victims do not realize that they have injured. In many cases, people who have suffered very serious injuries have no idea they are injured until they wake up with stiffness in their neck, a severe headache that doesn’t go away, piercing pain after reaching for an object or turning or other symptoms. That is due to the nature of the injuries people often suffer in rear-end auto accidents, such as:
- Strained, sprained and herniated discs
- Hyperextension/hyperflexion injuries, otherwise known as whiplash
- Lumbar hyperextension and other lower-back injuries
- Neck and shoulder injuries from seat belts
- Facial and cranial injuries from colliding with the steering wheel
- Airbag injuries
- Dental injuries that require extensive reconstruction surgery
- Other serious and potentially debilitating injuries
If you or a loved one has been injured in a rear-end car accident, it is very important to speak with an experienced Orlando rear-end accident attorney like James O. Cunningham before you sign any documents offered by the at-fault driver or their representatives. Signing a document you do not fully understand could result in you forfeiting your right to seek damages to pay for medical bills, physical rehabilitation, lost income replacement and other types of compensation. For more information about your rights and legal options and to schedule a free consultation with an Orlando personal injury lawyer with a proven record of success helping injured people, contact us today at 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587).
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.
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