2.5 Million Rear End Collisions Every Year Make It Most Common Type Of Crash
Nearly 2.5 million rear end collisions are reported in the United States every year and are responsible for 28% of all crashes – making this type of collision the most common type of crash. What can be done about it?
Addressing Rear End Crashes
It’s clear that the issue of rear end crashes needs to be addressed. According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), in addition to the alarming statistics above, rear end collisions are responsible for approximately 950,000 injuries and 2,000 deaths every year. So, how do you address the issue?
The best way may be to identify why rear end collisions happen in the first place. Some of those reasons include drivers being:
- Distracted by cell phones and text messaging
- Distracted by road construction or other types of reduced speed areas
- Reckless driving behavior including speeding
- Unable to control their vehicles in slick weather conditions
- Unable to keep a safe distance from cars in front of themselves
- Unable to make sudden stops
Being mindful of these reasons can help. Another tip is to follow the tried and true “two second rule.” After a car in front of you has passed a non-moving object, count two seconds (one thousand one, one thousand two). If your car passes the non-moving object before you get to the latter, you are following too closely.
Injuries Related To Rear End Collisions
Although you can do your best to avoid rear end collisions, the bottom line is that they happen. Every day.
Unfortunately, they often result in death or severe injuries including:
- arm, wrist and hand injuries
- brain injuries
- broken bones
- herniated disks
- shoulder and knee injuries
- back or neck injuries
- nerve damage
- pinched nerves
- spinal cord injuries
- traumatic brain injuries
These types of injuries can result in costly medical bills, lost income, physical and emotional pain and suffering and more – often leaving victims in a world of debt and worry.
Are You Entitled To Compensation For Your Injuries?
If you’ve been rear ended by someone who failed to drive reasonably, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. An experienced car accident attorney can analyze your situation and determine if you are entitled to compensation so that you can make an informed decision about whether taking legal action makes sense for you and your family.
There are generally two ways of obtaining the compensation you deserve.
According to the Head Attorney of the Becker Law Office:
If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you can generally obtain monetary damages by, 1) settling your case with an insurance company or, 2) through a personal injury lawsuit. In the majority of cases, succeeding with your claim means obtaining evidence from police reports, eyewitness testimony, expert testimony from accident reconstruction experts and photos from the accident scene. The stronger your claim is, the more likely you are to succeed.
Rest assured that insurance companies will have a team of attorneys representing their best interests. Who will represent yours? Consulting with an experienced car accident attorney can even the playing field so that you can be certain that someone is representing your best interests and helping you to collect the compensation you need to recover.