Rear-end collisions are the most common type of accidents nationwide, accounting 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 85,000 multi-vehicle crashes reported in Arizona in 2011.
At Abels & Annes, P.C. our Phoenix car crash attorneys understand the uncertainty in the aftermath of a serious traffic accident. In many cases, soft-tissue injuries are common for front-car victims of such crashes. What some refer colloquially 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 associated with rear-end collisions may actually be quite serious.
In some cases, neck injuries can become increasingly debilitating, even as insurance companies balk at paying the ongoing cost of treatment. In other cases, such injuries may take days or even weeks to become apparent. Failure to consult 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 involved until latent symptoms begin to present.
Intersections, congested freeways and parking lots are all common sites for rear-end collisions. The advent of red-light cameras and other intersection enforcement efforts have further exacerbated 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.
Phoenix Accident Lawyers – Rear-End Collision Claims
At Abels & Annes, we believe everyone deserves immediate access to experienced legal representation following a traffic collision. Accident victims may speak to a personal injury or wrongful death attorney in Phoenix free of charge. In such cases, you will only pay our fees if we are successful in making a recovery on your behalf.
In the vast majority of cases, the driver of the rear vehicle is cited 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. In some cases, the front-driver’s insurance company may also be responsible for paying for medical bills, lost wages and other damages.
Rear-end Collisions a Common Cause of Arizona Traffic Crashes
The most common causes of rear-end collisions include distracted driving, following too closely, speeding and driving too fast for conditions. These crashes typically happen at intersections, or on congested highways or freeway exits. At high speeds, they can be devastating and may trigger a chain-reaction collision. Even at low speeds, neck injuries and soft-tissue 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 personal injury law firm, the sooner we can begin moving to protect your rights and the financial wellbeing of you and your family.
In very serious accidents, a rear-end collision may result in a fire or in underride of the vehicle in front of you.
Underride collisions are one type of accident for which the rear-vehicle should not be blamed. 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 are seriously injured.
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.
The truth of the matter is that you should speak to an experienced Phoenix accident attorney whenever you or a family member is involved 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 and can help you better understand the cost associated with your accident and the possible long-term financial and medical consequences. Knowing your rights will allow you to better determine your treatment options and having an experienced law firm on your side will best assure necessary resources will be made available for your recovery.
You have been injured in a rear end collision in Arizona, contact the auto accident lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. for a free consultation. Call us toll free at (855) PHX-LAWYER or locally at 602-819-5191. We are available all hours of the day and night to discuss your case.
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