Arizona Rear-End Collisions

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Rear-end collisions are among the most common kinds of "accidents" that occur on the roads today. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that rear-end collisions account for approximately 30% of all motor vehicle accidents. Depending on the speeds of the vehicles involved, these types of accidents nearly always cause injury. If you or a loved one has been in a rear-end collision, it is in your best interest to seek qualified legal counsel promptly – and especially prior to providing any statement to the adverse party's insurance claims adjuster.

While a rear-end car accident may be the result of any number of factors; "inattention/distraction" is almost universally listed on the Arizona Traffic Accident Form as one of the reasons. It only takes a split second for any collision to occur; so whenever a driver looks away from the road for a split second to check his texts, emails, clock, radio station or street address, or to reach for a map, wallet, cell phone or turn to look at one of his passengers, that is all the time it takes for the car in front to brake or swerve suddenly, either to avoid hitting another motorist further ahead, or an object, pedestrian or cyclist in the roadway. If the at-fault motorist is tired, drunk, tailgating or even angry, these may also be causal or contributing factors leading to a rear end accident. While the driver of the car behind is almost always to blame, the driver in front can also be at fault if they slam on their brakes unnecessarily, cut off another driver or otherwise make an unsafe maneuver.

If you have sustained serious personal injuries in a rear-end collision such as broken bones, facial cuts, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries (including concussion), then you need the expert legal guidance of a skilled car accident attorney who can investigate and ultimately prove the other party's liability for causing the accident and your serious injuries. As you probably already know, if the crash and your physical and emotional injuries were the fault of the other driver, you are probably entitled to recover monetary compensation from the party at fault for your medical expenses, lost wages, physical pain, emotional suffering, and any other amounts needed to fully reimburse you for your losses.

Common Injuries in a Rear-End Collisions

Many victims of rear-end collisions report feeling no immediate symptoms. Instead, the onset of symptoms commences several hours (and sometimes days) after the crash. Sometimes this is the result of the rush of adrenaline immediately after the crash. If the collision itself has been violent enough to cause extensive damage to the vehicles involved, it is always advisable to either be examined in a hospital emergency room or by a physician as soon as possible, particularly if you have struck your head chest or abdomen in the collision, or if you are experiencing headaches, blurred vision, dizziness, or pain anywhere along your spine.

The most common injury suffered by an occupant of the front vehicle in a rear-end crash is whiplash. As the impact sends your car, your seat and your torso flying forward, your head (unless it is fully supported by the headrest) remains behind for a brief moment. Your head and neck then snap forward to catch up with your torso; but by this time your torso has already been stopped by the lap belt, shoulder restraint and possibly the front air bags. And if this isn't already bad enough, if your car has been struck from behind hard enough, it might be forced into the car ahead of you. If that happens, the whole torso, head and neck snapping routine will likely be repeated – only this time in reverse. Thus, the likelihood of sustaining a "soft tissue injury" such as "whiplash" is high; and while such a soft tissue injury is painful and extremely disruptive, it will usually resolve completely after several weeks or months.

We usually limit our practice to personal injuries much more severe than soft-tissue injuries, however, an attorney from The Watkin Law Office will be happy to discuss your incident with you and provide some guidance. Victims of rear-end collisions sometimes find discovery in the days after a collision that they have sustained injuries considerably more serious than they initially realized, including: spinal cord injuries, concussions, fractures, traumatic chest and abdominal injuries including injuries to their heart, lungs, spleen, etc., and other more serious forms of traumatic brain injury.

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If you are the innocent victim of another's negligence, you are entitled by Arizona law to recover money from the party at fault to compensate you for your medical bills, ambulance bills, out of pocket costs, lost earnings, all in addition to your pain and suffering. An experienced car accident attorney can help you recover the full amount of your money from the at-fault driver, his auto insurance company, or even from your own auto insurance if you insurance policy includes Uninsured Motorist (UM) and Under Insured Motorist (UIM) coverage. None of these procedures are easy, especially for non-lawyers, and insurance companies never willingly pay claims, regardless of how legitimate those claims are. This is true even if you are bringing a UM or UIM claim against your own auto insurance carrier. As soon as you bring any claim against any insurance company (including your own), the process becomes adversarial; so non-lawyers – and even lawyers who are not familiar with injury and wrongful death claims – are at a distinct disadvantage.

We at The Watkin Law Office, PC understand that this can be a bewildering and tough period for you and your family. Do not face this difficult time alone. Contact a Scottsdale personal injury attorney from The Watkin Law Office and put years of successful experience on your side. With trusted legal counsel, you can successfully navigate the complexities and frustrations facing victims of serious auto accidents and obtain the compensation you need to continue down the road of physical and financial recovery. Your chances of a profitable outcome are far greater the sooner you act, so please take the next step toward a brighter future by filling out a free online case evaluation, or calling our firm today to schedule your free confidential telephonic case consultation.