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Fault and Legal Rights in a Rear-End Collision

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In Arizona, rear end accidents are the most common type of collisions, representing 45 percent of all crashes. According to the Arizona Department of Transportation and shocking 11 percent of these are fatal.

Why Rear-End Collisions Occur

A rear-end collision is a type of car accident where one vehicle is struck from behind by the vehicle following it. These types of situations are almost always sudden and unexpected.

Motorists are supposed to provide an adequate amount of following distance between their vehicles and those that they are following on any road. Therefore, when rear-end collision occurs, it's usually because the trailing driver did not provide enough distance between the vehicles involved. As a result, there is generally an assumption of fault on the part of the trailing driver.

There are a few exceptions to this, such as when a motorist in the lead does something reckless that puts those trailing in a position of unreasonable risk. But the vast majority of these crashes assume that the trailing driver was at fault.

Rear-End Collision Injuries Can Be Serious

Whether or not there is significant vehicle damage, a person may suffer serious injuries in a rear-end collision. Even when there is a low-speed impact, the force can be strong enough to cause injury. Some common physical ailments seen with this type of accident include:

  1. Whiplash (Soft Tissue Injuries). Whiplash and neck injuries are commonly associated with rear-end car accidents where the occupants of the front vehicle are unprepared for impact. This injury often occurs even at slow speeds. Whiplash is a form of soft tissue damage that often leads to persistent pain and stiffness in the neck and shoulder areas.
  2. Recurring Headaches. Headaches may develop several days after the motor vehicle collision. In some instances, headaches or migraines can indicate more serious problems.
  3. Back Pain. Back pain is common in a rear-end accidents. The violent back and forth thrusting motion associated with a rear-end impact can result in a compression of the spine and discs.
  4. Airbag Injuries. In some rear-end accidents, a person's vehicle may be pushed into another vehicle or fixed object. This contact will release the airbag. When an airbag deploys, the individual may experience burns and bruises.
  5. Seatbelt Complications. Although seatbelts save lives, they can still lead to injuries in rear-end accidents. These safety harnesses hold the body firmly to the seat and prevent the body from thrusting forward in an accident. Unfortunately, the strength of the harness can result in extensive bruising on the hip, chest, and torso.

Responsibility and Compensation in a Rear-End Accident

A serious auto accident can impact many areas of your life. In Arizona at-fault driver is responsible for damages that result from the rear-end collision. If you or someone you care about is affected by the negligent actions of another driver, you may be eligible for compensation for the damages suffered. This may include, but not limited to:

  • vehicle damage
  • physical injuries
  • property damage
  • pain and suffering
  • loss of income

Very few people are able to successfully navigate this complex process on their own. That is why it is important to find a qualified attorney that will make sure you receive the best settlement. If you have been hurt in a rear-end accident and have suffered not only physical but mental pain, you should consider getting a personal injury lawyer to evaluate your specific incident and handle all negotiations in order to obtain the maximum compensation owed to you.

Experienced Rear End Accident Attorneys in Tucson

Our expert team at West, Longenbaugh & Zickerman will guide you through every step of your case. We will handle the communications with the insurance company, making sure they do not take advantage of you. We have over 150 years of combined legal experience and we have the ability to get you the settlement you deserve.

Our specialized automobile accident attorneys are here to help individuals and families, through the hardships that they face during this difficult time. We provide sound legal guidance and compassionate representation in order to help you move on with your life. Your only focus should be focusing on recovering from your injuries.

The team at West, Longenbaugh & Zickerman have the skills and compassion to handle complicated legal cases. We understand that defending your rights is a very serious task and our attorneys work hard to protect you every step of the way.

Contact us now at (520) 790-7337 or visit our website to learn more.

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