Rear-end collisions are the most common type of motor vehicle accident, with about 2.5 million rear-end accidents taking place in the United States every year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that more than 29 percent of all car accidents are rear-impact crashes.
What causes rear-end collisions?
The most common reason for rear-end accidents is tailgating— following too closely for the speed and road conditions—often coupled with driver distraction. When the car in front stops suddenly, the car behind it is too close to avoid a collision. The presumption is usually that the driver of the car hitting the rear end of the car in front of it is at fault.
Common injuries in rear-end collisions
Fortunately, rear-end accidents are the least likely type to cause fatalities. Insurance companies often claim that serious injuries are rare in rear-end accidents, but the truth is that they can do serious damage. One extremely painful and debilitating injury frequently caused by a rear impact is a herniated disc, which may require spinal fusion surgery.
Avoid making statements to the insurance adjuster
An adjustor will usually contact you very soon after the accident and attempt to get a statement from you. The adjuster’s job is to save the company money and pay the least possible amount to settle a claim. Adjusters are usually highly skilled in eliciting statements that can compromise your case, so it’s best to avoid them until you’ve spoken with a car accident attorney.
You need experience on your side
Insurance companies often try to make light of rear-end collision injuries, and they tend to offer very little to compensate victims for their losses. That’s why in this kind of accident in particular, it is preferable to have an experienced Phoenix, Arizona, car accident attorney on your side—one who has the knowledge and resources to prove that your injuries are severe and possibly permanent and to make sure that you receive a fair recovery.
If you’ve been injured in a rear-end collision in Phoenix, Arizona, and want to discuss pursuing a claim to recover your losses from the accident, call Phoenix car accident attorneys Wattel and York for a free, no-obligation consultation and case evaluation. We are committed to justice for the individual facing the corporate giants of the insurance industry, and we will fight for you.
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