There are many types of car accidents that take place on the nation’s roadways. All of them are inherently dangerous, as car accidents cause thousands of injuries and deaths every year.
According to a report published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2002, approximately 29.7 percent of all crashes were rear end crashes. These caused 30 percent of all injuries and 29.7 percent of the property damage in all car accidents that year.
At Quick Law Group, PLLC, Matthew Quick and Elizabeth M. Quick represent those who have been injured in rear end auto accidents caused by another person or party’s negligent or reckless actions. For an evaluation of your case, contact our Seattle, WA area law firm today.
Causes of Rear End Car Accidents
There are many factors that contribute to rear end car accidents, including:
- Following too closely or tailgating: When drivers are in a hurry or frustrated with another driver’s speed, they may follow the vehicle in front too closely, not giving them enough time to stop suddenly.
- Speeding: Driving at high speeds makes it take longer to come to a full stop if the car in front suddenly brakes.
- Distracted driving: Distracted driving habits such as texting, looking at the GPS, eating, playing with the radio, or talking to other passengers can lead to inattention and the inability to stop before hitting another car.
- Heavy traffic: Heavy, stop-and-go traffic can increase the risk of rear end car accidents as drivers continually hit the brakes and accelerator.
- Defective or poorly maintained brakes: If a vehicle has a defective part or parts that are not maintained properly, it may take longer than expected to come to a full stop.
- Fatigued driving: when drivers are tired, they may fall asleep at the wheel and rear end another vehicle.
Injuries in Rear End Car Accidents
Passengers in the front vehicle that is rear ended often suffer from whiplash as a result of the sudden force that impacts the car.
Rear end auto accidents may also cause brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, airbag abrasions, and broken bones.
Where Does Fault Lie?
Typically, fault in rear end car accidents is on the tailing vehicle. This is because these drivers may have been following too closely, causing the accident.
However, there are cases in which drivers of the front vehicle are at fault, such as when they reverse suddenly, brake for but fail to make turns, or have broken brake lights.
Damages in Car Accident Cases
If you have been seriously injured in a rear end car accident, you may be due compensation from the person or party that caused the accident. Damages in car accidents can include compensation for property damage, medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. In the case of wrongful death, compensation may also be provided for funeral expenses and loss of companionship.
To find out if you have a personal injury lawsuit, contact Quick Law Group, PLLC, today. We can determine if you have a viable case and are entitled to damages.