Call Our Seattle Car Accident Lawyer to Learn About Your Options
Car accidents can lead to life-altering injuries that incur
millions of dollars in expenses. Spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, burn injuries and broken bones can leave you saddled with medical bills, rehabilitation expenses and lost income. Even less serious injuries can lead to unaffordable expenses and pain and suffering. If you’ve been injured by a reckless or negligent driver, it’s time to contact a Seattle car accident lawyer for assistance.
According to the Insurance Information Institute, of the nearly 4.2 million car accidents involving multiple vehicles in recent years, almost half were rear-end collisions. This isn’t exactly a surprising number, especially considering the number of distractions we now have on the roadway — including smartphones, navigational devices and audio players. While distracted driving is not always responsible for rear-end collisions, it plays a significant role and often can help determine liability.
Determining Liability for a Rear-End Collision
In the vast majority of cases, the driver that rear-ends the vehicle in front of them is found at-fault for the accident. There are, however, some situations in which the driver of the vehicle in front bears some of the responsibility. These situations include:
- Brake checking, when the lead driver slams on the breaks without warning
- Sudden and unpredictable reversing
- The choice to continue driving with a flat tire, rather than pulling over
- Failing to repair a broken brake or signal light
Outside of these situations, which occur quite rarely, the determination of liability is relatively straightforward. For assistance in determining what kind of compensation you could be eligible for, contact a car accident lawyer in Seattle. We can discuss your potential case during a free consultation.
Common Rear-End Accident Injuries
The most common injuries sustained in a rear-end car accident include:
- A concussion. This occurs when an individual’s brain strikes the inside of their skull, causing bruising and tissue compression.
- Soft tissue injuries. These injuries occur when heavy trauma causes your body to be jerked around, doing serious damage to the tissue surrounding your spine. Symptoms include pain between the shoulder blades, neck pain, dizziness and vision impairment.
- A traumatic brain injury. If a passenger isn’t wearing a seatbelt during a rear-end collision, they could be thrown from the vehicle or into the dashboard/windshield. When this happens, cerebral swelling in the brain can lead to strokes, seizures and permanent brain damage.
- Broken bones. These are quite common across all automobile accidents. While most broken bones heal in time, some can lead to medical complications like infection and internal injury. If the bones fuse incorrectly, the initial injury can lead to a lifelong deformity.
Because rear-end collisions are by nature unexpected and oftentimes violent, you may feel disoriented or confused following the accident. During this time, it is essential to keep copies of your medical records. This can help build your claim.
Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit for a Rear-End Collision
Because the injuries sustained in an automobile accident can be so serious, it is important to hold the responsible party accountable for the negligent or intentional actions that led to your pain and suffering.
Think about the circumstances surrounding your accident. Was the vehicle behind you swerving all over the road? Was there a smartphone in the driver’s hand when the accident occurred? Were any text messages sent when the driver should have been focused solely on the roadway?
Smartphone records can go a long way toward proving fault in a negligence lawsuit. If you remember witnessing the use of electronics while driving, mention your suspicions to your attorney.
Contact Our Seattle Personal Injury Lawyer for Representation
Have you or a loved one been injured in a rear end accident? It’s time to fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact our Seattle car accident attorneys for assistance and representation. You can schedule a free consultation with Herschensohn Law PLLC by calling (206) 588-4344.
During the consultation, we can review the specifics of your situation to determine if it would be possible to seek compensation through a lawsuit. Our law firm has extensive experience with multiple types of personal injury claims. You can learn more about our successful cases by visiting our website.