Seattle Rear-End Accident Lawyers
Rear-end accidents are some of the most common types of two-vehicle crashes and can involve both cars and trucks. According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), almost half of all two-vehicle crashes between 2012 through 2014 were rear-end crashes and killed more than 1,700 people each year.
In the vast majority of cases (87%), rear-end crashes involve a driver failing to pay attention to the traffic ahead, which means that determining accident liability (i.e. which driver is at fault) is usually a straightforward case. The tailing driver is usually at fault, but there are many instances where the first vehicle can be held liable, such as when a big rig truck driver needs to slow down and brakes too quickly, causing a multi-vehicle collision.
If you have been involved in a rear-end accident in the Seattle area, whether caused by the driver of another passenger vehicle or the driver of a commercial truck, the experienced Seattle rear-end accident lawyers at The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee can help you determine liability, as well as help you bring those who have harmed you to justice. We will not stop fighting for you until we have secured full and fair compensation for the damages you have suffered.
Continue reading to learn more about basic information you should know about the medical and legal factors involved in a rear-end accident.
Common Causes of Rear-End Accidents
Since most people drive personal vehicles, the majority of rear-end accident cases involve two cars, and even at low speeds, these accidents can cause soft tissue injuries.
Rear-end accidents can be caused by something as simple as a driver looking away from the road to check their cell phone or something more serious such as an intoxicated driver whose reaction time is slowed down or delayed.
Some of the most common causes of rear-end accidents involving passenger vehicles include:
- Driver inattention or distraction — This has become more of a problem as drivers have more things inside the car (phones, GPS devices, television screens, etc.) to distract them. Fortunately, today’s automated safety systems are helping to reduce these sorts of “mindless” and unnecessary accidents. Nevertheless, negligent driving is still a leading cause of rear-end crashes.
- Tailgating — This occurs when a driver follows another car too closely and is unable to brake in time when there is a sudden or unexpected stop.
- Panic stops — These accidents can occur even when a driver is not tailgating but the car in front of them makes an unnecessarily abrupt stop. This is one of the cases where the first car may be at fault for the rear-end crash.
- Reduced traction — When there is bad weather or the road is wet or worn, car tires may lose traction and begin hydroplaning or skidding. Anyone who has driven in snowy or icy conditions knows what this feels like and rear-end accidents are often unavoidable once there is reduced traction.
- Deceleration or acceleration — This often determines accident liability and can involve the first car slowing down unexpectedly (such as when double parking) or the trailing car accelerating at the wrong time (such as trying to beat the red light at an intersection).
Your dedicated team of Seattle rear-end accident attorneys at The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee can help to determine the exact cause of your accident and who may be held liable for the damages you have suffered. Contact us today at (206) 899-5415 for a FREE case evaluation.
Common Injuries Suffered in Rear-End Accidents
Because rear-end accidents are so common, most people are familiar with “whiplash” or damage to the neck, shoulders, and upper back when the head is violently and suddenly thrown back from the crash.
In fact, whiplash has gotten something of a bad reputation because it is often a “soft tissue injury” that can be hard to prove or quantify, even with an MRI. It can involve sprains, strains, muscle and tendon injuries. Lawyers often use other terms such as “myofascial injuries” to describe whiplash to make sure it is taken seriously, because even at low speeds, whiplash due to a rear-end accident can cause permanent and lasting damage.
Alongside whiplash, there are other common injuries that the team at The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee has frequently noted:
- Back injuries
- Broken/fractured bones
- Cuts and bruises caused by deployment of airbag
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Wrist and arm injuries
Who Can Be Held Liable in Rear-End Accidents (Car/Truck)
As mentioned above, the majority of rear-end accidents are straightforward cases where one vehicle is at-fault for crashing into another vehicle ahead of it. But there can be many complicating factors in rear-end crashes and it is important to speak with an experienced rear-end accident lawyer who can examine all the facts in a case.
There are many medical and additional legal factors in your case so the team at The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee will coordinate with a supporting team of medical and legal professionals to ensure we have a clear understanding of your claim.
Not only can individual drivers (car or truck) be held responsible, but also truck companies, car manufacturers, and even city/state authorities can be held liable for issues such as faulty manufacturing or poor road conditions.
Compensation That Can Be Recovered in Rear-End Accidents
In cases where there is no personal injury, calculating compensation for rear-end accidents is usually a simple matter of determining how much repairs will cost.
More complicated cases, however, may involve substantial personal injury and even death, and victims of serious rear-end accidents are entitled to full compensation not only for physical injury but other consequences such as medical costs, emotional or psychological damage, the cost of a funeral, and benefits from lost wages (for example, when truck drivers are unable to drive anymore due to a rear-end accident).
Speak with the determined team of Seattle rear-end lawyers at The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee to learn more about what type of financial recovery you may be able to secure.
Why Choose The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee to Handle Your Seattle Rear-End Accident
To know for sure what and how much you are entitled to, whether monetary or other forms of compensation, it is important to talk to an experienced rear-end accident lawyer as soon as possible after a crash.
The Seattle car accident lawyers at The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee are well versed in the car accident laws of Seattle and Washington State and can help you pursue a legal case to get what is rightfully yours. Rear-end accidents are not a small matter and it is important to take every crash seriously as soon as it happens, from receiving medical attention to documenting how much you pay in damages and determining if any parties involved are criminally or civilly responsible.
Your case matter to us. Contact The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee right now at (206) 899-5415 for a FREE case evaluation. Help is just a phone call away.