Advocating for You: Personal Injury & Rear-End Collision Lawyers
You may never see it coming. Unfortunately, rear-end collisions are a common event. Especially when negligent or distracted drivers are involved… When a rear-end collision occurs at low speeds, it may only lead to a minor “fender-bender.” Drivers traveling too fast or not hitting the brakes quickly enough, however, may cause much more damage.
What should you do if you’re injured in a rear-end collision? After all, you were just going about your daily routine. Without warning, another vehicle completely disrupted your life. You may be dealing with painful injuries, a series of doctor’s visits, and a badly damaged car. Then, the bills quickly start to mount up because you’re unable to work.
Furthermore, there’s the frustration of dealing with the insurance companies. It seems like the last thing they want to do is allow you to receive a fair settlement. You may spend long hours sifting through paperwork and talking with adjusters who see you more as a number than an actual person. When they finally do offer you a settlement, you may feel like it doesn’t even come close to covering the many expenses caused by an accident that wasn’t even your fault.
You Don’t Need to Fight the Insurance Companies on Your Own
The Ward Law Group doesn’t want to see you and your family suffer. Our dedicated team helps families secure their financial futures after dealing with injuries from rear-end collisions. We take care of all the paperwork and communications so that you can focus on your recovery.
Is English your second language? The insurance companies may actually take advantage of your difficulty understanding the claims process. They may reject your claim or offer you much less than you deserve, hoping that you accept it without question.
The Ward Law Group understands that the language barrier confronting Spanish-speaking accident victims may prevent them from securing a fair settlement. Our bilingual team makes sure that each client fully understands the claims process and is competently represented.
Common Types of Rear-End Collision Claims that We Settle
When someone hits your vehicle from behind, chances are they were, at the very least, partially at-fault for the accident. Their actions and decisions behind the wheel caused you both personal and property damage. The Ward Law Group wants to make sure you are compensated fairly for your injuries and the damage to your car.
According to the Insurance Information Institute, rear-end collisions were the third leading cause of fatal crashes involving at least two motor vehicles in 2016. According to an article in The Washington Post, half a million people are hurt in an estimated 1.7 million rear-end collisions each year.
Common causes contributing to rear-end collisions include:
- Speeding: Traveling too fast to prevent an accident that may have been avoided at normal speeds. Over half of the five million annual car crashes are caused by some form of aggressive driving like speeding.
- Distracted driving: Certain behaviors like texting while driving, conversing with passengers, or eating may take a driver’s attention away from the road, reducing reaction times. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, texting while driving makes an individual 23 times more likely to crash.
- Hazardous weather conditions: Rain, snow, and other weather conditions often make it harder to stop a vehicle to avoid an accident.
- Tailgating: Following another car too closely makes it more difficult to react if there is a sudden stop in traffic.
- Impaired driving: Those under the influence of drugs or alcohol may have significantly slower reaction times, thus leading to rear-end collisions.
- Fatigued driving: Being too tired behind the wheel may be just as dangerous as other forms of impaired driving.
If evidence shows that the other driver engaged in any of these poor driving practices, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
Types of Rear-End Collision Injuries & Compensation
While any car accident can lead to serious injuries, rear-end collisions make certain parts of the body especially vulnerable. Neck, head, and shoulder injuries are common during a rear-end collision. This is because these areas may suffer multiple traumas during the impact.
Let’s take a look at what happens to the body during a rear-end collision. When someone hits you from behind, your vehicle quickly lurches forward. As the seat pushes forward, the head often snaps back. Then, as the vehicle comes to a rest, the head and neck can snap forward. These violent thrusts, especially during a rear-end collision at a high rate of speed, can cause significant damage to the upper body.
Common rear-end collision injuries include:
- Hand, wrist, and arm damage
- Sprains and Strains to soft tissues
- Broken bones
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Herniated Discs
- Facial Disfigurement
- Seat belt or airbag-related injuries
- Mental health issues caused by the accident or resulting injuries (e.g. depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder)
If your rear-end collision resulted in any of these injuries, The Ward Law Group will be your ally in the claims process. We will take care of the hassles of negotiating with the insurance companies so that you can focus on getting better. As a result, you may receive significant compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain & suffering, property damage, and more.
The Ward Law Group has successfully recovered millions of dollars for our accident victims and their families. This includes a $390,000 payout for a rear-end collision victim. Schedule a consultation today to secure your family’s financial future.
Maximizing Your Claim: Immediate Steps to Take After an Accident
A rear-end collision can be a surprising and traumatic event. Adrenaline and emotions often make it difficult to think clearly. The actions you take immediately after an accident, however, can ensure your safety and guarantee an easier claims process.
After an accident, make sure that you are safe. Shut off your car and, if possible, relocate to a safe area. If you suspect major head or neck injuries, remain in your car until emergency responders arrive.
Let the first responders know if you have any pain or suspected injuries. This is no time to be stoic. Request the medical attention you need right away. Refusing medical care at the scene of the accident may make it harder to prove your injuries resulted from the rear-end collision.
Even if you don’t suspect any injuries, it’s advisable to get checked out by your doctor a day or two after an accident. Some injuries don’t exhibit symptoms until days or weeks after an accident. A physical exam can alert you to any issues resulting from the accident. In addition, the resulting medical records may serve as crucial evidence for the claims process.
If possible, snap several pictures of the accident scene. Also, obtain the names, addresses, and phone numbers of any witnesses.
Take some time to document the accident as soon as you get a chance. Write everything you remember. This includes traffic and weather conditions, what you were doing while driving, and when you noticed the other driver.
If you believe the accident was due to the negligence of another driver, contact a personal injury lawyer before making any agreements with the insurance company. You could risk losing a considerable sum of money if you choose to deal with the insurance company alone.
The Ward Law Group Wants to Help You
Gregory Ward started his career by representing the insurance companies. During this time, he saw how deserving families continued to suffer well after an accident due to the “tricks” of the insurance industry. In his heart, he knew this was wrong.
Gregory created The Ward Law Group to ensure that accident victims secured the compensation they needed to recover from their injuries and support their families. Let us do the legwork to help get you back on your feet financially. We will take care of communicating with the insurance companies, filing important paperwork, and handling any possible litigation.
Don’t let the complexities of the claims process keep you from fairly settling your claim. Overwhelmed English- and Spanish-speaking accident victims come to us when they don’t know where else to turn. We listen to their stories, troubles, and concerns. Then, we stand beside them throughout the claims process.
Are you ready to get your life back on track? Let us take care of the stress of the claims process. Contact The Ward Law Group today.