Rear-end collisions are the most common type of car accident in the United States.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) out of the 6 million car accidents that happen every year, 29% of them are rear-end accidents. In fact, it is the most common type of car accident in the U.S.
Contrary to popular belief, the rear driver is not always the one responsible for the collision. Any driver that is involved in a rear-end accident may be at least partially at fault, which can complicate the claims process.
If you have been injured in a rear-end car accident, you need to make sure that your legal rights are protected and that you get compensation for you injuries.
Common Causes of Rear-End Accidents
It is really not surprising that rear-end collisions are the number one type of car accident since a large majority of drivers don’t pay enough attention to the distance between them and the car in front. The most common causes of these accidents are:
- Distracted driving
- Following too closely
Studies have shown that drivers tend not to focus on how close they are to the vehicle in front, nor to how fast they are going behind it. In addition, distracted driving has greatly increased because of all the devices that take away a driver’s attention.
What to Do if You’ve Been in a Rear-End Accident?
After being involved in any kind of car accident, there are a number of things you need to do to make sure your right to recover compensation is protected. Some of these things include:
- Seek immediate medical attention
- Be careful of what you say
- Make sure you attend all of your doctors appointments
Seeking medical attention after an accident may seem like an obvious step. But many people who don’t receive life-threatening injuries, often pass off their “minor” injuries by saying that “I’m okay, it’s no big deal.” But waiting too long to go to the doctor and saying that they’re not injured, especially at the scene of the accident, actually jeopardizes their claim.
In addition to seeking medical attention and being careful of what you say, it is important to attend all of your doctors appointments. If you fail to keep up with your medications and treatments, the insurer may claim that you are not really injured or are exaggerating your injuries.
Types of Injuries Involved with Rear End Collisions
It’s quite common for drivers to think of a rear-end accident as nothing more than a minor fender bender. But in fact, they can be just as serious as any other type of accident. If you are in a rear-end accident, do not automatically assume your injuries are minor.
The most common types of injuries associated with rear-end collisions include:
- Spinal cord injuries
- TBI – traumatic brain injuries
- Facial trauma
- Internal bleeding or organ damage
- Broken ribs
- Upper limb injuries – arm, wrist, or hand
- Lower limb injuries – knee, leg, ankle, or foot
The problem with some of these injuries is that they aren’t always readily apparent after a wreck. In addition, injuries like whiplash, disc injuries and other neck issues can be hard to prove.
Legal Help for Your Rear-End Accident
If you have been injured in a rear-end accident due to the negligence of another driver, contact The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. For more than 15 years we have been helping victims of car accidents protect their legal rights and get the compensation they need to move forward.
Call us 24/7 at (314) 361-4242 or fill out our online case evaluation form.