Thousands of car crashes occur every day across the U.S., according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). While these can take many forms in many different circumstances, rear-end collisions are by far the most common. In 2015, more than 2.1 million rear-end crashes were reported. Research from the National Traffic Safety Board (NTSB) indicates that nearly half of all two-car crashes were rear-end crashes.
Understanding Rear-End Crashes
A rear-end crash occurs when a car collides into the back of the car in front of it. At times, one rear-end crash can lead to others, creating a chain reaction that can cause many injuries and significant property damages. Rear-end crashes are caused when the rear driver does not have the space he needs to stop in time to avoid hitting the car in front of him. This is most commonly caused by:
- Following too closely
- Distracted driving
- Impaired driving
Common Rear-End Crash Injuries
Even at slow speeds, rear-end crashes can cause significant damage and serious injuries to passengers in both cars. Some of the most common rear-end crashes include:
Even if you think your injuries are minor, it’s important to seek medical care as soon as possible after an accident. Only a medical professional can determine the extent of injuries, and in some cases symptoms may not be obvious or immediately apparent.
Fault and Rear-End Car Accidents
While it is often the case, the rear car may not always be at fault in a rear-end crash. If you’ve suffered injuries in an accident in either position, you have rights that can be protected. In Alaska, at-fault drivers can be held responsible and compelled to provide compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Future medical bills
- Pain and suffering
This compensation can be vital to a successful physical, emotional, and financial recovery. Unfortunately, insurance companies, hospitals, and others may attempt to recoup more than their fair share. At The Law Office of Ben Crittenden, P.C., attorney Ben Crittenden offers personal, effective legal representation that can help accident victims and their families both obtain and protect all the compensation they deserve. Call his Anchorage office today to speak directly with Ben and learn how he may be able to help.