What are the most common car accidents?
Some of the most common types of accidents that people get into in Washington state are rear-end collisions, a fact that anybody on the road should be aware of. In 2019 alone, over 45,000 crashes were reported in Washington state. Out of those, almost half of those accidents were classified as rear-end collisions. Fortunately, in lots of situations, rear-end collisions cause minor or no injuries to the people involved in the crash. Rear-end collisions often don’t cause much vehicle damage, either.
In other situations, rear-end collisions can be responsible for causing extensive property damage and major injuries. The fact of the matter is that most rear-end collisions are caused by aggressive or distracted driving, and are avoidable. Drivers shouldn’t follow behind the cars in front of them too closely, because this can easily lead to crashes. It is an expectation that drivers should follow the cars ahead of them at a safe distance. This allows drivers to suddenly stop if they need to without risking a crash.
Who is responsible for a rear-end car collision and injuries?
According to Washington state law, the following driver (rear) is primarily responsible for avoiding a rear-end collision. Because of this, in most rear-end collision situations, the blame for the accident rests with the driver that was following. If you have been injured in a rear-end collision, then it is important that you meet with an experienced personal injury lawyer who can go over your options with you and help you determine if you should move forward in seeking compensation.
What are the injuries that a victim can have in a rear-end car accident?
Some injuries that people injured in rear-end collisions are diagnosed with include: whiplash injuries, spinal cord injuries, tendon damage, broken bones, disfigurement, scars, airbag injuries, traumatic brain injuries (TBI), soft tissue damage, concussions, and nerve compression. These types of injuries can cause a victim to suffer from long-lasting symptoms and even permanent damage. Some of these injuries are serious enough that they are life-threatening. In addition to more serious injuries, rear-end collisions can also cause common injuries that people often get in any type of car accident.
Not every injury that a person can get from a rear-end collision is apparent immediately after the accident. The symptoms of certain head and neck injuries might not be registered until days or even weeks after the crash. It is important that you get checked out by a doctor right away so that they can record any injuries that you may have suffered in the crash. This way, if you end up pursuing legal action, you will already be a step ahead.
What should I do if I’m in a rear end auto accident?
It is important that you gather any and all documents and paperwork related to your injuries and crash if you were involved in a rear-end collision and were injured. This includes things such as details about treatment you have already received, lost wages, treatment you may need in the future, and a detailed account of all of your injuries. In order to receive as much compensation as possible for what you have been through, your case needs to be as convincing and complete as possible. Our experts at Sears Injury Law can help gather evidence so that we can present a strong case and get justice for you.
Insurance companies often try to get accident injury victims to settle for a low amount as quickly as possible, because they don’t want to appear liable. The most common way that insurance companies do this is by sending settlement checks right away, almost always a fraction of the compensation that you really are entitled to.
If you cash the check that an insurance company sends you, then you won’t be able to seek out more compensation later for your accident injury. The checks almost always leave out compensation for many important, and often large, expenses that you need to receive compensation for. For injuries received in a rear-end collision, then you should make sure that you receive compensation for things such as: quality-of-life changes, lost wages, vehicle repair expenses, suffering, pain, all current and future medical treatment expenses, car rental expenses, and reduced or lost capacity to work.
Should I hire a personal injury attorney for my rear end car accident?
Victims of injury from rear-end collisions usually need to get the help of an experienced personal injury attorney that can help you successfully win the compensation you need. Before cashing anything that an insurance company tries to settle the matter with, make sure to discuss your case with the experts.
If you have suffered from symptoms such as whiplash, damaged range-of-motion, or any other type of soft tissue injury incurred because of a rear-end collision, then you need a trusted car accident injury attorney on your side so that you can get the compensation that you deserve. If you end up needing chiropractic care to address the symptoms from your injury, then compensation can cover that as well. It is important to take the time needed to rest and get proper treatment, so you can recover as fully as possible. When you get the help of an experienced attorney, you can focus on your personal wellbeing and recovery and allow them to take care of your case.
At Sears Injury Law, we work on what is known as a contingency-fee basis. This means that we only get paid after successfully winning you compensation. You don’t have to pay us out-of-pocket. Allow us to use our many years experience as personal injury lawyers to help you get the compensation that you need to move forward and live comfortably.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident or other personal injury accident, then reach out to Sears Injury Law as soon as possible. We fight to achieve the best outcome possible for our clients, and want them to be able to live their lives to the fullest. Contact us today so that you can set up an appointment, and we can go over your case with you. When you entrust your case to Sears Injury Law, you can rest assured that we will help you get justice.
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