I was rear-ended in an auto accident this past January (Marin County, CA), and suffered whiplash injuries. Two months later I was rear ended again, this time in Oakland, CA, and again hurt my neck and back. Both times I had been at a complete stop at traffic lights and hit by drivers who weren't paying attention. Damage to the car (same car) exceeded $1000 both times.
I am hoping to settle both claims without attorneys, but would like advice how to present claims for injuries when the accidents happened so close together. I assume the insurance companies will claim that the other accident was the cause of continuing injury.
Also, I had been involved in a bad whiplash accident 20 years ago, and never fully recovered from it. How do I separate out what injuries were caused from the two recent accidents, from the lingering pain of the old accident?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.