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Rear-end collisions are the most common type of accident in Kent and throughout Washington. A rear-end accident occurs every 8 seconds, amounting to over 2.5 million rear-end collisions annually in the United States. Instances of rear-end crashes have increased in recent decades with the rise of the smartphone and greater occurrences of distracted driving. Though we might think of a rear-end collision as a fender bender, many accidents of this type cause significant damage and serious injuries ranging from whiplash to traumatic brain injuries and fatalities.
Most rear-end collisions are preventable accidents had a driver only taken reasonable care. If you or someone you love suffered injuries in Kent or the surrounding area due to a rear-end collision caused by a negligent driver, that driver’s insurance must pay out on your claim for damages according to Washington’s fault-based insurance law. An attorney from Caffee Accident and Injury Lawyers is ready to represent your rights and best interests throughout the claims process if you reach out today for a free consultation.
Common Causes of Rear-End Collisions
Rear-end accidents happen in a variety of ways, but the most common cause is a rear driver who is tailgating (following too closely). Tailgating causes 87% of rear-end collisions. By not leaving enough distance between vehicles, the driver in the rear may not have adequate stopping time if the front driver brakes suddenly. Other common causes of rear-end accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Aggressive driving such as cutting off another vehicle
- Drunk driving
- Slippery roads
In some cases, the driver of the front car may bear liability in a rear-end accident. For example, if the car’s tail lights are out or if the front driver cut off the rear driver in traffic.
If you’ve been injured in a rear-end accident caused by another driver whether you were driving the front vehicle or rear vehicle, you can turn to Caffee Law for representation to maximize your chances of fully recovering your damages.
Proving Liability in a Rear-End Collision in Kent, Washington
According to Washington’s liability laws, the plaintiff (accident victim) bears the responsibility to prove liability on the part of the at-fault driver. Your Kent accident attorney can investigate all aspects of your crash to prove liability on the part of the other driver by showing the following:
- That the driver at fault had a duty of care toward you and others on the road to prevent injuries through reasonable actions like following traffic laws, leaving ample space between a preceding vehicle, and avoiding distractions
- That the driver breached that duty by acting negligently or recklessly
- That the negligent or reckless act caused injury to you or your loved one
- That you or your loved one has suffered real damages from the injury
Once your pedestrian accident lawyer in Kent from Caffee Law clearly demonstrates liability on the part of the driver at fault, the driver’s insurance policy is likely to offer a settlement. Your lawyer from Caffee Law will negotiate from a position of strength to secure the most compensation available for your damages.
Why Choose Us to Recover Compensation for Damages After a Rear-End Accident?
Our legal team stands ready to argue your case for compensation against the appropriate insurance company and in court if required to secure your recovery. Damages in rear-end accidents typically include:
- Medical costs and future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Diminished earning capacity in the future if your injuries are debilitating
- Pain and suffering
- Any additional damages like loss of pleasure in life, disfigurement, loss of limb, or loss of consortium
The Kent car accident attorneys with Caffee Accident & Injury Lawyers understand the trauma of a rear-end accident you never saw coming. Contact our office today for a free consultation so we can begin a winning strategy for your recovery.