One of the most common types of auto accidents are rear-end collisions. They often occur at intersections while the victims are either coming to or at a complete stop. These types of crashes are often preventable; they are usually related to the striking driver’s negligence or carelessness.
Rear-end accidents can cause severe and long-term injuries, as well as a substantial amount of financial and emotional damages. Victims generally will be able to file a claim to collect compensation for their damages. If you’ve been in such a wreck, call Ron Meyers & Associates PLLC for help collecting damages.
Causes and Contributing Factors of Rear-end Accidents
It’s the drivers who are intoxicated or distracted who often cause rear-end accidents. Using a cell phone, daydreaming and driving while sleepy are all dangerous behaviors that can lead to rear-ending a stopped vehicle. Tailgating is another possible cause. When drivers follow cars too closely, they don’t provide enough space and time to come to safe stop if traffic stops abruptly.
Of course, in some cases, a driver who is struck from behind actually may be at fault. For example, Vehicle A may cut off Vehicle B and stop suddenly, causing Vehicle B to slam into Vehicle A. But Vehicle A may actually be negligent for cutting off Vehicle B, not allowing enough time for Vehicle B to stop.
Whatever the specific cause of the rear-end collision, if one driver was negligent, then the other driver may have a valid claim for damages. Your financial recovery will depend on the types of damages sustained, such as any injuries and related expenses.
Common Types of Injuries in Rear-end Accidents
A lot of victims struck from behind sustain whiplash injuries. While whiplash is a relatively minor injury in some cases, for some people, it can cause lasting pain and discomfort and may lead to a condition referred to as whiplash associated disorder.
Below are a few other injuries rear-end accident victims might sustain.
- Leg and knee injuries – When the vehicle is stuck from behind, it can crush the car, compressing the back of the car towards the front. Passengers’ and the driver’s legs can be crushed against the seat or dash in severe cases.
- Back injuries – the force of being struck from behind can cause back sprains and strains, as well as spine compression and disc herniation.
- Facial injuries – In many rear-end accidents, the airbags may not deploy because the impact is not great enough. But victims’ faces can still strike on the dash, steering wheel, or windshield, causing fractures, lacerations, and eye damage.
- Seatbelt-related injuries – While seatbelts are a vital safety tool, when victims are thrust forward forcefully, the seatbelt will hold them in place but also can cause injury, such as bruising and lacerations. Pregnant women may sustain injury to the fetus as well.
Our Car Accident Attorneys Can Help Pursue a Settlement
If you or your loved one were seriously injured in a rear-end accident, work with an attorney to help you get a fair amount of compensation for your injuries and other damages. Especially in cases when injuries are severe or have caused disability, it’s important to pursue the case to obtain a settlement that covers all your damages, current and future.
You usually do not want to sign the insurer’s first settlement offer because it will likely be far lower than the total amount to which you’re entitled. It’s wiser to have an attorney review your case, determine how much it is worth and then work on your behalf to negotiate or win the settlement you need and deserve.
To speak with an attorney about your rear-end car accident, call Ron Meyers & Associates PLLC. Our team has been representing clients in Washington for more than 30 years, and we have always been dedicated to helping accident victims get the financial restitution to which they are entitled. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation at 844-920-2438.