Rear-End Car Accidents
Legal Assistance for People Seriously Injured in Washington Rear-End Car Accidents
If you have been injured or disabled in a Washington rear-end car accident you may be seeking answers to your legal questions. The Farber Law Group, a Bellevue personal injury legal practice, may be of assistance to you.
Rear-End Car Accidents
A rear-end car accident is a motor vehicle accident in which one vehicle crashes into the rear of a car, truck or SUV. A rear-end car accident is frequently caused by the following driver following too closely -- "tailgating"-- driver distraction such as cell phone usage or adjusting a radio, or when the driver in front makes an abrupt stop, say for a yellow light, which the following driver does not anticipate.
Usually, in a rear-end collision, the driver in the rear vehicle is presumed to be at fault, however, there are exceptions to this rule.
Sometimes damages to the vehicles involved in a rear-end collision are not that severe; this kind of accident is called a "fender bender." In other cases, say when the following car an SUV or pickup truck hitting a smaller passenger vehicle, the damage to the passenger vehicle can be more pronounced. In this type of accident, where the vehicle bumpers do not match, the shock absorbing qualities of bumpers do not protect the occupants inside.
Injuries in a Rear-End Car Accident
Often in a rear-end car accident people suffer whiplash or soft tissue injuries even in the case of a fender bender. Whiplash is a descriptive term to describe a hyperflexion/hyperextension injury in which the head snaps forward and back from the impact of the crash. Because the head's movement is greater than the neck's normal range of motion, injury can occur to the neck as muscles are ripped, stretched and torn.
People do not always realize they have suffered an injury at the car accident scene. Most drivers are in shock and feel battered after an accident, but they may not realize the extent of their injuries at the time. With a whiplash injury, symptoms can increase over time and the neck can stiffen. If the pain does not resolve after treatment with ice and heat and wearing a cervical collar, physical therapy may be required.
In some cases, the injured person may have a serious and debilitating injury that leaves them in chronic pain and with restricted head movement.
Claims for whiplash injuries can sometimes be problematic because it is an injury that does not always show up on x-rays. Insurance companies often fight whiplash claims because they can and they may have the attitude that because the car was not totaled then how could the passenger have a severe injury.
How a Personal Injury Attorney Can Help
When you engage the services of an experienced personal injury attorney, your attorney will represent you and your rights. If you have been injured in a car accident that was not your fault, The Farber Law Group, with more than 30 years experience representing car accident victims with whiplash, can help you fight for the compensation you deserve.
Our Recommendations to You
After you have been in a rear-end car collision, we recommend that you seek treatment and obtain all of the treatment your doctor recommends. Your doctor will document your injuries and complaints which can help you in your car accident claim. We recommend that you speak with an attorney who is knowledgeable and experienced in representing rear-end car accident claims with whiplash.
Contact a Bellevue Rear-End Car Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured or disabled in a car accident in the Seattle-Bellevue-Tacoma metropolitan area, we are here to help. Call US TOLL FREE at 1-800-244-9087. We provide a FREE and CONFIDENTIAL case consultation.