Rear-end collisions are the most common type of accidents nationwide. They account for more than one-third of all traffic collisions. The Arizona Department of Transportation reports rear-end accidents are also the most common cause of the 127,000 motor vehicle crashes in Arizona in 2018.
Rear-End Accident FAQsHere are the answers to many questions about rear-end collisions.
What Injuries Are Common From a Rear-Ender?
At Abels & Annes, P.C. our Phoenix rear-end accident lawyers understand the uncertainty in the aftermath of a serious traffic accident. In many cases, soft-tissue injuries are common for accident victims of such crashes.
What some refer to as whiplash is really a series of possible injuries to the muscles and tendons, nerves and vertebrae of the neck. While some dismiss the consequences of soft-tissue injuries, such injuries from rear-end collisions may actually be quite serious.
In some cases, neck injuries can become increasingly debilitating. This, while insurance companies balk at paying the ongoing cost of treatment. In other cases, the severity of such injuries may take days or even weeks to become apparent.
Failure to consult with an experienced law firm or gather other relevant facts at the time of the crash may hinder your ability to later collect damages should medical complications arise. Too often, rear-end collisions are not taken seriously enough by those with injuries and plaintiffs often damage their own cases by trying to handle insurance adjusters on their own.
Where do Rear-End Collisions Commonly Occur?
- Intersections at traffic lights
- Congested freeways with stop and go traffic
- Parking lots
The use of red-light cameras and other intersection enforcement efforts can further exacerbate the risks. SUVs and other taller, heavier vehicles may pose additional risks to the new generation of small, hybrid and fuel-efficient vehicles taking to the road.
Should I Contact a Rear-End Collision Attorney in Phoenix?
At Abels & Annes, we believe everyone deserves immediate access to experienced legal representation following a traffic collision. Accident victims can speak to a personal injury attorney in Phoenix free of charge. In such cases, you will only pay our fees if there is success in making a recovery on your behalf.
In many cases, the driver of the rear vehicle receives a ticket when a rear-end collision occurs. The driver and any passengers riding in the front vehicle may make a claim against the rear-driver and his insurance company. They may be responsible for paying for medical bills, lost wages and other damages.
What Are Common Causes of Rear-End Accidents in Phoenix?
The most common causes of rear-end collisions include:
- Distracted driving
- Following too closely
- Driving too fast for conditions
- Drunk Driving
- Drowsy Driving
These crashes can be devastating at high speeds. Further, they may trigger a chain-reaction collision. Even at low speeds, neck and back injuries can result in debilitating medical conditions.
Chain-reaction crashes may complicate a motorist’s claim for damages. In some cases, more than one at-fault driver may be pursued. Conducting an independent investigation of the accident is often warranted.
The sooner you consult with an experienced Phoenix rear-end collision lawyer, the sooner we can begin moving to protect your rights and the financial wellbeing of you and your family.
What is an Underride Collision?
In very serious accidents, a rear-end collision may result in an underride of the vehicle in front of you.
Underride collisions are one type of accident for which the rear-vehicle may not be totally to blame. Research by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has consistently found the rear-guards on large trucks are inadequate in many collision tests and accident scenarios. Even when they meet government standards, underride guards frequently fail.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates more than 400 fatalities a year occur after a vehicle strikes the rear of a large commercial semi trailer. Another 5,000 motorists suffer serious injury.
Bicycle and Motorcycle Injuries in Rear-End Accidents
Statistics continue to show rear-end collisions cause a surprising number of bicycle and pedestrian crashes. In fact, only failure-to-yield is responsible for more collisions with riders. Bicyclists and motorcyclists are typically thrown from their bike as a result of being rear-ended, often resulting in serious or fatal injuries.
Contact a Phoenix Rear-End Accident LawyerYou should speak to an experienced Phoenix accident attorney whenever you or a family member is in a traffic collision that results in serious or fatal injury. At Abels & Annes, P.C. we will assist you in determining the extent of your injuries. Further, we’ll help you better understand the costs from your accident and the possible long-term financial and medical consequences. Knowing your rights will allow you to better determine your treatment options.
If you sustain injuries in a rear-end collision in Phoenix, contact the auto accident lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. for a free consultation. Call us toll free at (855) 749-5299 or locally at 602-819-5191. We are available all hours of the day and night to discuss your case.