When to Hire a Personal Injury Attorney for a Rear-end Collision
As a DuPage Personal Injury Lawyer, I’ve helped hundreds of motor vehicle accident clients negotiate settlements from a rear-end collision.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration reports that rear-end collisions comprise about 40 percent of the traffic accidents on US roadways. About 87 percent of those accidents involve driver distraction, such as cell phones, navigational devices, and other non-driving electronic systems. Other common causes of rear-end collisions included speeding and failing to maintain a proper distance between vehicles.
If you’ve been in a motor vehicle accident in Cook, Kane or DuPage County, it’s important to understand you have rights. We always instruct our personal injury clients to NEVER give the opposing insurance company medical information about yourself. Especially if you’re injured in a rear-end collision. Instead, you should consult with an experienced personal injury attorney, such as Mark Sutter, right away.
Below are some of the most common motor vehicle scenarios that result in rear-end collisions. Although each traffic accident and personal injury case is unique, we offer these stats to demonstrate how often rear-end accidents occur.
The VTTI Report
The NHTSA retained the Virginia Tech Traffic Institute (VTTI) to conduct a comprehensive study of rear-end collisions. Some significant findings of the VTTI researchers were that:
- About 81 percent of the vehicles hit in rear-end collisions were stopped
- The majority of all rear-end crashes occur during daylight hours on roads that are dry and straight
- Distraction or inattention contributed to nearly 90 percent of all rear-end collisions
- Male drivers between the ages of 25 and 34 were almost twice as likely to cause a rear-end collision than other drivers
Texting While Driving
The VTTI study emphasizes the necessity for all drivers to leave a sufficient interval between their vehicle and the one in front of them. Another explicit finding was that engaging in distracting activities like texting can lead to a rear-end collision with the car they’re following. In fact, the VTTI study found that receiving or sending a text message takes about 4.9 seconds; a driver whose eyes leave the road for that long, at 55 mph, covers the equivalent length of a football field — while blindfolded.
If you’re injured in an motor vehicle accident seek immediate emergency treatment
If you become the victim of a rear-end collision in Cook, DuPage or Kane County, and you feel any pain or discomfort at all, you should seek emergency room care right away. One study by the National Institute of Health indicated that 62 percent of all people who suffered injuries in rear-end collisions continued to experience symptoms of those injuries as late as 15 years after their crash.
Common Injuries in Rear-End Accidents
Because of the unexpected impact and the jerking motion that the head makes in less than a second after impact, injuries to the neck and spine are common after a rear-ending, as are wrist fractures, foot fractures, and knee cartilage damage. Severe crashes involving high speeds, commercial trucks, or 18-wheelers can result in organ damage, spinal fractures, and permanent traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries that cause paralysis and a shortened life expectancy.
After an accident, never give a recorded statement or a medical authorization to an opposing insurer, who will only try to use it against you in the future. Instead, you should contact a respected and effective personal injury law firm, such as Sutter Law Group, LLC, as soon as possible after your accident. Our personal injury attorney’s will provide you with a free consultation and case evaluation. Not only do you have nothing to lose, but you also owe it to yourself and your family to be protected.CONTACT US TODAY: 630-519-6900