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Rear-end accidents remain the most frequently occurring of all types of traffic collisions. In fact, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates about one-third of all traffic accidents across the nation each year are rear-end collisions. Fortunately, rear-end collisions aren’t as likely to be fatal as other types of accidents, but those involved still risk serious, sometimes severe injuries, especially when the crash occurs at a high speed. Negligent motorists who make poor decisions behind the wheel, follow other vehicles too closely, or suffer a medical emergency while driving, put the passengers and drivers in the cars that they follow at risk for a rear-end accident. If you live in the Greater Seattle area and have suffered injuries in a rear-end car accident, Washington law permits you to seek compensation for damages in civil court by filing a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault driver(s). The qualified rear-end accident lawyers at Boohoff Law can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call us today at (877) 999-9999 for a free case evaluation to discuss the details of your rear-end accident.
The personal injury lawyers at Boohoff Law, P.A. remain dedicated to advocating for accident victims to get the compensation they deserve for injuries and losses related to their accident. The firm’s ongoing commitment to professional excellence and client service has led to the recovery of millions of dollars in damages for clients. Our skilled legal team has extensive experience with the investigation, negotiation, settlement, and litigation of personal injury claims, including those involving rear-end accidents. We cannot guarantee specific results for your rear-end accident case, but we will diligently work to uncover all the relevant facts of your case, so we can build a strong case against those who caused you harm, giving you the best odds of a favorable outcome.
The high occurrence rate of rear-end crashes has made them a focal point of research for the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA). The NHTSA has devoted ample time and resources to study driver attributes in rear-end crashes, so they have a better idea of which things to hone in on to reduce frequency. Below you will find some trends from NHTSA’s recent research about rear-end accidents:
Many different scenarios might ignite the chain of events leading to a rear-end accident, but a driver’s actions behind the wheel matter the most. Determining liability in a traffic collision is often one of the most challenging things for courts and investigators, but rear-end accidents are a little more straightforward. Although exceptions exist, the driver in the following vehicles causes a rear-end accident in the vast majority of cases. Some specific driver behaviors that might lead a driver to cause a rear-end collision include:
Many rear-end collisions are minor fender-benders that do little property damage and result in minor injuries, if any at all. Yet, when the following vehicle is traveling at a high speed, or a higher speed than the lead vehicle, the force of impact is much greater, resulting in more severe and sometimes fatal injuries. Passengers riding in the backseat are especially at risk for severe injury and fatality when a high speed rear-end collision occurs, especially in smaller vehicles without the protection of a large trunk or rear storage area like in an SUV or pickup truck. Some of the injuries a rear-end accident victim might suffer include:
Concussions, which are technically mild traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), are commonplace when a car accident occurs, even when someone doesn’t directly hit their head on an object. A simple jolt to the head from the impact of a rear-end accident can cause a brain injury. Passengers might hit their head on the seat in front of them, the dashboard, or the windshield, and drivers might bump their head on the steering wheel, especially if their airbag doesn’t deploy.
When accident victims suffer a moderate to severe TBI, they face permanent brain damage that can cause lifelong problems with memory, cognitive skills, and motor skills. Some TBI victims also suffer from anxiety, depression, increased aggression, and personality changes. Babies, toddlers, and young children who experience a TBI might suffer stunted development, which can affect them for life.
Motor vehicle accidents are the most common cause of whiplash, a soft tissue neck injury. During a rear-end accident, the neck rapidly flexes and extends, which can cause sprains and strains, as well as tears in the soft tissue. Those who suffer whiplash might also suffer nerve damage. Symptoms might not show up for hours, days, or weeks. Some common whiplash symptoms you need to watch out for after a rear-end accident include:
The force of impact from a severe rear-end accident can cause a person’s body to move around in many unnatural positions. This can lead to excruciatingly painful and debilitating back injuries. The specifics of back injuries vary widely, as do their severity, but they generally include fractured vertebrae, herniated discs, and slipped discs. Accident victims might have to undergo corrective surgery to fuse things back together or implant devices, screws, or plates.
Even after surgeons do their best to repair and correct a back injury, victims can suffer indefinite chronic pain and discomfort. This requires accident victims to spend money on costly pain management treatment and techniques, many of which are unhealthy, such as prescription opioids and cortisone shots. Back injuries are among the most uncomfortable of all types of injuries. In some cases, victims cannot find comfort standing, sitting, or lying down, creating a very depressing existing for some.
When you sustain injuries after another driver rear-ended your vehicle, Washington law entitles you to file a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault driver as long as you take legal action within the three-year statute of limitations. If your attorney negotiates a settlement agreement or the court rules in your favor, you might receive compensation for the following losses incurred as a result of your injuries:
At Boohoff Law, we are empathetic to the challenges that come with a severe accident injury. We are here to advocate for you during this difficult time and help you get the compensation you deserve from injuries related to your rear-end accident. When the insurance company or defense won’t offer fair compensation, we will aggressively litigate your case in the courtroom.
If you, your child, or another loved one has sustained injuries in a rear-end accident, contact Boohoff Law online or at (877) 999-9999 for a free case evaluation to discuss the details surrounding your accident and injuries with one of our Seattle rear-end accident attorneys. If you choose Boohoff Law to represent you in your accident injury claim, we handle personal injury claims on contingency, which means you don’t pay attorney fees unless we secure a settlement or verdict in your favor.
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