Careful driving requires that drivers keep their full attention on the road while driving. However, this happens far less often than it should. Today, many drivers engage in some distracting behavior, another that diverts the driver’s attention from the road. Distracted drivers are more likely to cause a rear-end accident. Rear-end crashes occur with regular frequency. According to government studies, rear-end collisions may account for nearly 30 percent of all car accidents, of those almost all rear-end collisions involve some form of distracted driving. If you or a loved one has been involved in a rear-end accident that resulted in injuries you should contact an experienced rear-end car accident attorney to help you with your accident and how you may be able to maximize your claim.
Common Injuries Caused by Rear-End Collisions
Rear-end collisions are more commonly referred to as “whiplash accidents.” This is appropriate considering that the most common injury associated with rear-end collisions are neck injuries from whiplash. Still, other more serious injuries can occur. Some examples include:
- Soft tissue injury
- Facial lacerations
- Broken bones
- Internal organ damage
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injury
- Permanent disability
- Quadriplegia or paraplegia
These injuries can have serious and lasting consequences. Individuals who suffer spinal cord injuries may suffer temporary or permanent paralysis, whether partial or full. Head trauma, which can easily affect the brain, can impair an individual’s cognitive abilities. Other injuries can result in significant pain and additional complications. Therefore, if you are involved in a rear-end collision, seek immediate medical attention. An experienced rear-end accident attorney can assist you in finding proper medical treatment.
The Most Common Types of Distracted Driving
Operating a motor vehicle is a serious responsibility and it demands constant focus. Indulging in any distraction is a form of negligence. In other words, drivers who choose to engage in distracting behaviors while driving may be liable for the damages they cause.
The most common phone-based driver distractions are:
- Reading or composing emails
- Talking on the phone
- Browsing the web
- Searching for music
- GPS apps
- Instant messaging
- Social media
- Watching YouTube videos
Other dangerous driver distractions include:
- Talking to passengers
- Bickering or fighting with passengers
- Tending to children in the backseat
- Looking at instrument panels
- Adjusting the radio
- Using a built-in navigation system or touchscreen display
- Searching through the glove compartment or dashboard compartment
- Reaching for items on another seat
- Paying attention to billboards or roadside distractions instead of the road
- Looking in the mirror
- Applying makeup
- Reading a map
Contact a Rear-End Accident Attorney
If you’ve been injured in a rear-end accident caused by distracted driving, you may be entitled to substantial financial compensation. Before you agree to a settlement with an insurance company, talk to an experienced attorney to make sure you understand what you really deserve. We all are familiar with the steps after a rear-end accident.
- Document the incident and collect evidence
- Rile a report with the police
- Seek medical attention
One of the most important is contacting a rear-end accident attorney in order to maximize your claim and to recover monies to pay for your damages.
If you need a personal injury attorney, then you should call our law offices today at any of our convenient locations and get a free consultation.
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