Rear-End Collisions in Seattle
Injured in a rear-end car accident?
If you have recently been the victim of a rear-end crash caused by another's
negligent or reckless behavior, you should not be the one to suffer. Whether
you were the car in front who was hit or you were the car in the back
who unavoidably hit another vehicle due to their own actions, you may
be eligible for compensation for any injuries caused. In the United States,
approximately 2.5 million rear-end car accidents each year, making it the most common vehicular accident. The National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration (NHTSA) has stated that these types of collisions
account for almost 30% of all accidents, which is a staggering number.
These accidents can be a result of a variety of factors and leave those
involved with lifelong injuries.
Common Injuries That Can Occur
The force exerted when colliding with another vehicle can be massive. Being
hit from behind by a car traveling at high speeds could result in horrific
damage to your spinal cord, head and other important bodily organs. Even
a seemingly minor tap by another car can give you whiplash if you are
not expecting the hit. Many people do not even realize that whiplash can
occur at as low of a speed of 2.5 mph. Unexpected impacts do not allow
the driver to brace themselves or prepare, which can cause severe spine
damage. The spine can be bent into an "S" shape as a result
of the collision, compressing the individual's facet joints and bringing
damage to the cartilage. We have put together a list of some of the most
common injuries experienced by rear-ending accident victims. This is not
comprehensive, but gives a small glimpse of the types of damage that may
qualify for restitution.
- Broken bones
- Head trauma, brain injuries & nerve damage
- Joint pain
- Damage to the shoulder or neck
- Soft tissue damage
- Bulging/slipped discs
It may be days or weeks before you realize the full impact for your injuries,
which is why it is important that you begin seeking restitution now. Waiting
too to pursue compensation could ultimately mean that you do not retain
any financial help at all. In the state of Washington, there is a statute
of limitations for
personal injury cases. Under Washington State Statute RCW 4.16.080, the time frame that
people can file injury lawsuits is three years from the date of the incident
for the following cases:
"An action for taking, detaining, or injuring personal property, including
an action for the specific recovery thereof, or for any other injury to
the person or rights of another not hereinafter enumerated"
Having a knowledgeable Seattle personal injury lawyer with you from the
moment your case begins, all the way through to the final verdict can
be extremely valuable.
Attorney Ronald Ward is dedicated to protecting the rights of Seattle residents just like you.
Obtaining the Compensation You Deserve
Taking a look at our past
case results will show you that we have successfully garnered hundreds of thousands
of dollars for clients in auto collisions.
While we at
Ward Smith, PLLC cannot promise anything, our team of accomplished legal advocates are
highly skilled at attaining positive settlements for car accident victims.
No matter how complicated you think your case may be, allow us to discuss
it with you by
calling our office at (206) 588-8529.