Rear Impact Collision Accident Lawyers
Compensation for Injuries After Rear End Collisions
rear impact collision is the most common type of automobile collision. The National Traffic
Safety Board estimates up to 2.5 million rear impact collisions occur
every year, and nearly
half of all two-vehicle crashes are rear end collisions.
No specific law or code section in Washington states that the car or vehicle
that rear-ends another vehicle is automatically at fault. However, it
is a well-established by Washington courts that “the primary duty
of avoiding a collision rests upon the following driver.”
RCW 46.61.145. Therefore, the driver that rear-ends another vehicle is usually deemed at fault.
Rear-end collisions, in the majority of cases, are completely avoidable.
Drivers are supposed to leave a safe distance between their vehicle and
the vehicle ahead. Maintaining a safe following distance of at least three
car lengths is recommended.
The most common cause of a rear-end accident is an inattentive driver following
too closely (tailgating) or failing to adjust to weather conditions that
affect the roadway. In approximately 87% of all rear-end collisions, the
NTSB revealed that drivers fail to observe the traffic ahead, and when
forced to come to a sudden stop are unable to do so, and slam into the
rear of another vehicle.
Aggressive driving behavior - Cutting off other vehicles, abrupt lane changes, or failing to obey
traffic signals on the road are aggressive driving behaviors that can
cause a rear-end collision.
Distracted driving – Not paying attention including drowsy driving, driver fatigue,
using a cell phone or texting.
Drunk driving - Drugs or alcohol can impair a driver's reactions and perception
resulting in rear-end car accidents.
Icy, snowy or wet roadways - Wet and slippery roads due to black ice, snow, rain or fog may limit
visibility. Longer following distances are recommended to avoid rear-end
Speeding - If a person is driving too fast, or traveling too fast for conditions,
it can be very difficult to stop in time.
Tailgating - A driver must keep a safe distance between their car and the vehicle
in front otherwise decreased reaction time makes a rear-end collision
more likely to occur.
If another driver hit your vehicle from behind, leaving you or a loved
one seriously injured, call Sweetser Law Office as soon as possible. Relevant
evidence must be obtained and preserved. Sweetser Law Office will protect
your rights and ensure you are fully compensated so you can focus on your
To schedule a free
consultation with the attorneys at Sweetser Law Office, call (509) 219-0020, or
contact us by e-mail.
Permanent Injury After Rear-End Collision
Insurance companies are very sophisticated and will attempt to get you
to settle your claim without a full evaluation of the long-term consequences
of your injuries. The common myth peddled by insurance companies is that
serious vehicle damage has to be visible for physical injury to occur.
However, a rear end accident, even at slow speeds, can cause serious damage
ranging from inconvenience to immobility, limited range of motion to permanent
spine are very delicate structures susceptible to corking, twisting, nerve compression,
fracture. For example, if a person’s head is turned at the moment of impact
it is extremely susceptible to permanent injury. Moreover, if a person
has a pre-existing injury it is very common that the accident will cause
a new flare up and serious aggravation.
Sweetser Law Office will protect your right to full recovery by comprehensively preparing
medical records, photographic evidence, police reports, witness testimony,
and accident reconstruction. With over 30 years of experience, we regularly
prove rear-end collision cases including:
Naturally, your focus should be on recovery, upon getting treatment and
rehabilitation from the injuries sustained. It can be a very long process
regaining your health after a serious or catastrophic injury. You should contact
Sweetser Law Office
free initial consultation
to determine your rights, and follow the proper course of treatment to
maximize your recovery.