Parking-lot fender-benders are certainly common. But rear-end crashes can also be far more disastrous, injurious and even fatal. Of the nearly 1.7 million rear-end collisions every year on U.S. roads, about 500,000 result in injuries, while another 1,700 prove to be fatal
Below is some important information on rear-end car accidents, including the common injuries associated with them and why an accident victim shouldn’t assume that the rear car is at fault for the crash. Instead of making any assumptions about your collision, you should instead speak with an experienced Tri-Cities, WA car accident lawyer who can investigate the cause(s) of your crash, protect your rights, and help you make informed decisions about taking legal action.
Common Injuries Resulting from Rear-End Crashes
When the impact of a rear-end crash isn’t strong enough to be fatal, the most likely outcomes to occupants of the leading vehicle are suffering neck, back and head injuries. This includes:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Back and spine injuries
- Broken bones
- Soft-tissue damage
Although broken bones and spinal injuries should be taken very seriously, it is important not to underestimate the long-term damage and suffering that can accompany injuries like whiplash and soft-tissue damage. These injuries may not present themselves immediately after a crash, but when pain does develop, it can be debilitating and long-lasting. Sometimes, it is permanent.
If you’ve been involved in a rear-end collision or any other type of crash, it is important to be examined by a medical professional to ensure that your immediate medical needs are met and that your injuries are properly documented.
Who is at Fault for a Rear-End Crash?
Conventional wisdom says that the trailing car in a rear-end crash is automatically at fault for the collision. This seems intuitive, because the rear car seemingly has the most control over whether or not a crash is ultimately avoidable. Usually, factors like tailgating and distracted driving are blamed for rear-end crashes.
However, there are times when the leading driver is actually to blame for causing the crash, including instances when the lead car:
- Brakes suddenly for no discernible reason
- Pulls out and merges into flowing traffic without paying attention to the positions of other cars
- Drives at night without functioning brake lights
- Puts on turn signals ahead of a turn but then fails to follow through
- Experiences mechanical issues like a flat tire, but fails to adequately pull over to the side of the road and doesn’t put on hazard lights
These are just a few of many examples in which the lead driver may be at fault. In regards to your situation, our attorneys can help you reconstruct that accident scenario to better determine and prove fault so that we can build the strongest possible case on your behalf.
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The aftermath of a car accident can be disorienting, to say the least. Know that after you contact the experienced team at Telaré Law, we’ll be able to take over the legal “heavy lifting” so that you can focus on healing. To take advantage of a free initial consultation with an experienced Tri-Cities, WA car accident lawyer, call our office today; we look forward to speaking with you.