Rear-End Accident in Denver
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Each year, more than 2.5 million rear-end accidents occur in the United States. In fact, the National Safety Council reports that rear-end collisions are the most common type of automobile accident. In a rear-end collision, the front bumper of the rear car collides with the back bumper of the forward car, thus transferring the energy from the rear car to the front car.
Rear-end accidents happen when drivers are stopped at traffic lights or in congested traffic and are unable to avoid the accident because they are surrounded by other cars. Contributing factors in rear-end collisions include driver distraction, panic stops, tailgating, and reduced traction due to weather or worn pavement.
Common Injuries in a Rear-End Accident
Because of the energy transfer in a rear end collision, significant injuries can be sustained, even at low speeds. Never underestimate an injury or dismiss any pain, bruising, or inflammation after an accident.
The following are injuries that could be sustained as a result of a rear-end collision:
- Disc herniation resulting from compression of the spine
- Spinal cord injuries resulting in permanent disability
- Closed head injuries resulting in traumatic brain injury
- Face and head injuries from the airbag
- Wrist, finger, hand, and arm injuries
- Seatbelt injuries
Rear-end accidents are also called “whiplash accidents” because the nature of the collision often results in a whiplash injury for the driver of the front car. Whiplash describes a range of injuries related to a sudden distortion of the neck. Symptoms can occur immediately or be delayed several days. Although whiplash is certainly the most common injury suffered in a rear-end accident, it is not the only one.
Liability in a Rear-End Accident
Fundamental traffic laws require drivers to be able to stop safely if the vehicle, or vehicles, in front of them slow down or stop suddenly. The law dictates that if the rear vehicle cannot stop when the forward vehicle does, the driver was not being as safe as they should have been. If the forward vehicle is struck by the rear vehicle, the driver of the rear vehicle will almost always be assessed blame.
Circumstances where the lead vehicle could be held at least partially liable include:
- When a driver brakes suddenly to turn, and fails to execute that maneuver
- When a driver backs up suddenly
- When a vehicle’s brake lights do not function properly
Liability in a rear end collision is typically pretty straightforward. They are most commonly thought to be the fault of the rear driver. Exceptions apply in cases where the forward driver creates a hazard that is unavoidable by the rear driver.
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When you or someone you love is injured in a rear-end accident, it is important to seek legal representation immediately. Rear-end accident injuries are often overlooked by insurance companies and they may even deny your claim. We can help. With more than a century of combined experience, extensive resources, and thorough case preparation, our Denver car accident attorneys can capably handle a variety of cases. Since our founding, we’ve obtained more than $350 million for our clients.