Rear-End Car Accidents
Rear end car accidents are very common in Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland and the entire State of Washington. Having brakes that are checked when a car goes in for an oil check and regular maintenance is a good way to make sure the brakes are working properly. You can only do your part, however, and you have little control over how well, or poorly, other vehicles are braking on the road with whom you share it.Washington State Law Regarding Rear-End Accidents
In Washington State, if you are rear-ended the driver who hit you will be found guilty of a traffic infraction for traveling too fast for conditions and for not being able to properly handle their vehicle. Unless the at-fault driver can somehow prove that you swerved into their lane, then liability is clear on the part of the driver who struck you.
Here are a few important helpful statistics that speak to why rear-end car accidents happen so frequently:
- It can take up to 400 feet to reach to something you see on the road and force your car, truck, or SUV to a complete stop, assuming you are traveling at 50 miles per hour. If you are going at normal highway speeds of 60 or 65 miles per hour, it can take even more feet. To put 400 feet in perspective, 400 feet is about the length of an average-sized city block.
- But even at 30 miles per hour, it can take 200 feet to brake your car, truck, or SUV to a complete stop.
Given these numbers, it is easy to understand why a rear-end car accident occurs, especially in our age of very distracted driving when many people are on their cellphones, texting, watching videos, playing games, or talking on their phone while they are driving, thus making it impossible for them to stop in time to avoid the rear-end of another car.
A common rule of thumb to know if you are traveling too fast in order to brake in time, try the Four Second Sight Distance Rule. If you pick out a stationary object in the far distance, count to four, and if you reach the car before you finish counting to four, then you are going at a safe speed, but if not, you’re going too fast.
Darkness is another common reason for rear-end car accidents. Most headlights will only let you see about 400 feet in front of you. Rain, snow, and fog are also common reasons for people getting into rear-end car accidents. When the conditions are bad, such as rain, fog, or snow, you probably cannot see more than 200 feet ahead. This is not enough time to stop.Common Rear-End Car Accident Injuries
Injuries from rear-end car accidents can range from the minor vender bender, with very modest injuries, to very serious injuries if the car is completely totaled. The most frequent sorts of injuries are:
- Sore muscles and ligaments
- Broken bones
- Fractured bones
- Herniated disc
- Bulging disc
- PTSD or emotional trauma
If you have been injured, the first thing you must do is seek immediate medical care by getting to a hospital, preferably the emergency room. Once seen by a doctor, additional care may be appropriate in the form of chiropractic, massage, or physical therapy care.How The Jackman Law Firm Can Help
If you have been in a rear-end car accident, you are likely badly hurting and you’re in need of help. The Jackman Law Firm can help you find your way back to health, by handling the calls and needs of insurance adjusters and the body shop and helping with the following:
- Making sure medical bills are paid and recovered
- Obtaining money for lost wages
- Obtaining money for out of pocket expenses
- Obtaining money for future wages
If you have been injured in a rear-end car crash, feel free to call The Jackman Law Firm to discuss your legal rights.