Car Accidents

Seattle Rear-End Collision Attorneys

Representing Injured Victims in Washington

Typically, when a driver strikes the vehicle ahead of them, they are considered to be at fault for the accident. The reason is that all drivers have a responsibility to leave enough space between their vehicle and the one in front of them to stop safely. When a driver fails to do so, they may be held liable for any resulting accidents and injuries.

At Carpenter & Zuckerman, our Seattle rear-end collision lawyers have been helping injured victims recover millions of dollars. We know the ins and outs of the legal process, and we are not afraid to take on large corporations and insurance companies on your behalf. When you choose our firm, you get a team that is dedicated to your recovery and future well-being.

Were you injured in a rear-end collision? Call Carpenter & Zuckerman today at (425) 585-4009 to schedule a free case evaluation with our team.

Common Causes of Rear-End Collisions

Rear-end collisions can happen for a variety of reasons. In some cases, the driver of the vehicle that is rear-ended may be considered partially or completely at fault for the accident. In other situations, the driver of the vehicle that strikes the vehicle ahead of them is entirely at fault.

Some of the most common causes of rear-end collisions include:

  • Speeding
  • Following too closely
  • Inattentive driving
  • Texting while driving
  • Tailgating
  • Drunk driving
  • Inclement weather conditions
  • Defective auto parts

Many rear-end collisions are caused by distracted driving and drunk driving. These are both forms of negligent and/or reckless behavior and can be grounds for a personal injury claim. In these cases, the driver may also be facing criminal charges.

Common Injuries Caused by Rear-End Collisions

Rear-end collisions can cause a wide variety of injuries, some of which can be severe and life-altering. Injuries can result from the impact of the collision and/or from the driver or passenger’s body hitting the steering wheel, dashboard, or other parts of the vehicle.

Some of the most common rear-end collision injuries include:

  • Whiplash
  • Broken bones
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Concussions
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Internal bleeding
  • Internal organ damage
  • Seatbelt injuries
  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Burns
  • Crushing injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Amputation

Some of these injuries, such as whiplash, may not be immediately apparent. However, they can be serious and require ongoing medical care. If you were involved in a rear-end collision, it is important to seek medical attention right away, even if you don’t believe you were injured.

Who Is at Fault for a Rear-End Collision?

In most cases, the driver of the vehicle that strikes the vehicle ahead of them is considered to be at fault for a rear-end collision. This is because all drivers have a responsibility to follow at a safe distance and be able to stop safely. When a driver fails to do so and rear-ends another vehicle, they may be considered negligent and therefore at fault. However, there are some situations in which the driver of the vehicle that is rear-ended may be considered partially or completely at fault for the accident.

Some of these situations include:

  • The driver of the rear-ended vehicle reverses suddenly
  • The driver of the rear-ended vehicle stops without warning or without reason
  • The driver of the rear-ended vehicle fails to signal a turn
  • The driver of the rear-ended vehicle has malfunctioning brake lights or turn signals

If you were involved in a rear-end collision, it is important to speak to a qualified attorney who can help you understand who may be at fault for the accident. At Carpenter & Zuckerman, our Seattle rear-end collision attorneys can help you understand your rights and work to build a solid case on your behalf.

How to Get a Fair Settlement for a Rear-End Collision

After a rear-end collision, it is important to understand that the insurance company is not on your side. Their goal is to pay out as little as possible, and they have a team of lawyers working for them to protect their best interests. To get a fair settlement, it may be necessary to file a personal injury lawsuit.

At Carpenter & Zuckerman, our attorneys can help you understand your options and guide you through the process. We are skilled negotiators, and we know how to effectively communicate with the insurance company and the courts. When you choose our firm, you get a team that is dedicated to your success and will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.

Call our firm today at (425) 585-4009 or contact us online to schedule a case evaluation with our team. We are here to help you.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • Should I speak with the other party's insurer?
    No, we will take care of that. They will likely offer you a lower settlement than you deserve. Further, you run the risk of saying something that an insurer can use against you, leading to a diminished claim.
  • Can I seek property damages in my car accident case?
    Yes.
  • Can a third party be responsible for my injuries in a car accident?
    Yes, if they are responsible for causing the accident. For example, if a defective part leads to an accident, you may be able to seek compensation from the part's manufacturer.

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