Rear-end accidents are the most common types of car accidents in Los Angeles, California. Most rear end car accidents occur while one vehicle is stationary and the other is moving at a relatively higher speed. Since such crashes happen without warning, accident victims rarely have the opportunity to take any evasive actions or brace themselves for the impact.
Statistics provided by the Insurance Information Institute specify that rear-end car accidents are responsible for over seven percent of all traffic-related deaths and nearly 20 percent of those involving two-vehicle crashes.
Like many other types of California auto accidents, rear-end collisions are often the result of a negligence on part of one or more drivers.
MAIN CAUSES OF REAR END CAR ACCDIDENTS
According to the National Transportation Safety Board, 87% of rear-end collisions occur due to preoccupied or distracted drivers. Common distractions include texting, talking on the phone, adjusting the radio, eating, looking at accidents (rubbernecking) or interacting with passengers.
Aside from distracted driving, rear-end accidents can be caused by a variety of different factors, including:
- Road rage
- Heavy traffic
- Reckless driving
- Driver fatigue
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
The way in which your vehicle is hit will greatly affect the type and severity of property damage and injuries.
HIDDEN PROPERTY DAMAGE FROM GETTING REAR ENDED
Every so often rear-end collision damage is difficult to spot by an untrained eye. Your vehicle may appear to be in a perfect condition, but there may be issues under the surface that will only lead to bigger problems in the future. Rear-end collision damage not only effects the appearance, functionality and value of your car, but it can also put your safety at risk. For instance, if your bumper is left unrepaired, it won’t be able to absorb shock and protect you in a future car accident.
Insurance adjusters will argue that no visual damage exists, hence your client could not have been injured. Nothing can be farther from the truth. Many accidents involve forceful impacts, causing injuries to occupants, but no visual damage is seen. That being said, having a professional body shop that can produce a detailed estimate of the damages is essential.
Other issues that may arise from a rear end car accidents include alignment problems, damage to the engine, suspension issues, electrical issues and trunk damage.
LAW FIRMS CHARGING SEPARATE FEE FOR PROPERTY DAMAGE HANDLING
Many law firms would charge you a separate fee for handling your property damage claim along with your injury claims. At Aratta Law, we do not charge a separate fee for handling your property damage claim. If you have a pending injury claim with our firm, rest assured that your property damage claim will be handled as part of your entire claim.
REAR END CAR ACCIDENTS – WHY IGNORING YOUR SYMPTOMS WILL COST YOU
Some accident victims may think they’re not injured from a relatively minor collision and refuse to get evaluated by a doctor. Some may not believe that they’ve been hurt, and ignore the symptoms thinking they will go away. But two to three weeks later, when you feel throbbing headaches or neck pain, you may have made your injury worse. Further, the fact that you had some pain and did not address it in time, will diminish the value of your claim.
Insurance adjusters would often argue that Plaintiff could have treated and chose not to and made their injuries worse – and because of this, they will try to settle your case for a lower value. It is therefore critical to get evaluated for even minor symptoms after a car accident – for your health and well-being and for any injury claims that you may want to pursue.
COMMON INJURIES FROM REAR END CAR ACCIDENTS
The injuries one may experience during a rear-end collision will vary depending on how fast the vehicles were going and the physical condition of the person injured. Even a minor car crash can cause severe injuries. When another automobile hits your car from the rear, its momentum is shifted to your car – and subsequently to your body.
A car going 25 miles an hour may not seem like it’s traveling quickly but think of transferring that 25 mph, very suddenly, onto a human body. If you were stopped before the crash – maybe waiting at a stoplight – that sudden motion can cause injuries to your person, especially when you did not expect to get hit and did not brace for impact.
Upon collision, both you and your car are jerked forward suddenly. Then your body is snapped back just as quickly – usually by your seatbelt. Your spine and head smash against the seat behind you. Your head snaps forward and backward in a violent motion. This can create all kinds of injuries.
The car crash can also cause internal and soft-tissue injuries. Organs may be jerked forward and then backward in their cavities, slamming into rigid structures inside your body (like the ribcage). In the most severe cases, organs can even rupture. Further, airbags deploy with tremendous force – you risk a broken nose and other number of injuries associated with the crash. For that reason, getting medical attention without delay works to your benefit.
WHY CHOOSE ARATTA LAW FIRM?
At our firm, every injured client will be in direct contact with an attorney. Many large corporate law firms end up transferring you to a case manager – you never speak to an attorney directly and your case becomes part of the mill.
At our firm, we do things different. We pay close attention to every individual case, from the inception and throughout the process of the claim/lawsuit. Our diligence and attention to detail result in consistent higher settlements, which adds up to a higher compensation for you, the client.
ATTORNEY’S ABILITY TO NEGOTIATE
Even though you may have a solid personal injury claim, the skill and the attentiveness of your attorney can also considerably impact how much compensation you will receive for your injuries. If your injury claim is negotiated by a case manager, assigned to your file at a firm, and not an attorney, your claim may end up settling for a lesser amount. This is because adjusters know who they’re dealing with and how aggressive the firm is when settling injury cases. Insurance adjuster also know who they can bully into accepting lower settlements.
An attorney’s ability to negotiate a settlement is, in many ways, the most important skill an attorney possesses. Lawyers who are effective negotiators know the importance of timing, preparation and strategy. That being said, our firm recognizes the importance of precision, timing and subsequent results, which is the foundation of Aratta Law. At our firm, nothing happens by luck but by great preparation and good strategy.