Louisiana State University (LSU) reports that almost 35% of all car accidents in the state in 2019 were rear-end crashes. This could be interpreted to mean that rear-end collisions are common and occur at an unfortunately high rate.
When you are involved in this type of accident, having a lawyer on your side can allow you to focus on recovery instead of troublesome insurance companies. However, before you contact a law firm, you may want to know about certain rear-end collision factors that can influence your case.
Why a Rear-End Collision Could Occur
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an estimated 87% of rear-end accidents occur due to distracted driving. However, some other actions or conditions can lead to rear-end accidents, including:
- Aggressive driving
- Failure to drive defensively
- Failure to exercise caution in poor weather conditions
- Congested traffic with frequent breaking
According to the NHTSA, there are several trends for rear-end collisions, such as:
- Young drivers are the primary victims of most rear-end collisions
- Young males cause the most rare-end crashes
- A high percentage of rear-end accidents take place on bright weather days
- Most of the crashes happen when the front vehicle abruptly stops in traffic
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Economic Damages You May Be Able to Collect
After a rear-end crash, you may suffer several economic damages, including:
- Current and future medical treatment expenses
- Property damage
- Diminished earning capacity
- Related care costs
- Present and future lost wages
Non-Economic Damages You Could Pursue
These damages do not have tangible values, and they include:
- Pain, suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Loss of consortium
- Permanent disfigurement
- Decreased quality of life
You may also be able to pursue wrongful death damages when life is lost as a result of sustained injury from a rear-end collision. A lawyer can advise you accordingly if you want to find out if you qualify to seek damages.
How to Choose a Lawyer to Represent You
Not all law firms can handle your specific accident claim. You need to look for a firm that has dealt with cases that are similar to yours in the past. For instance, an immigration or tax law professional may not be able to help you file a personal injury lawsuit. You should also see what customer reviews say about the firm. You can learn a lot about how a firm will treat you from how their past clients speak about them online.
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What to Expect From Working with a Lawyer to Pursue Damages
A law firm can gather evidence to prove negligence and liability. A lawyer will likely first try to settle out of court with the negligent party’s insurance company. Then, they may help you file for civil action if they cannot secure a fair settlement for you. You can get real-time updates on the development of your case, from beginning to end.
When you hire a lawyer, you may expect a wide range of excellent legal services, including:
- Documentation of your accident-related damages
- Communications with the insurance company on your behalf
- Protection of your right to seek compensation
- Filing of your claim and an attempt to negotiate a fair resolution
- Gathering evidence to support your claim
A law firm may only get paid after winning your case under a contingency agreement. This protects you, as only a successful outcome benefits both you and your attorney.
What to Do After a Rear-End Collision
You should take these steps immediately after a car accident (if you have not already done so):
- Call the police to report the accident. Creating an accident report may be critical in confirming an accurate account of what occurred.
- Avoid recording statements with the insurance companies before retaining a lawyer to protect your interests
- Avoid waiting long before seeking recovery to protect yourself from the strict time limits
Most importantly, you should visit a medical professional to make sure that you are not injured, or to seek treatment for any injuries you do suffer. Some injuries may not make themselves known until later—some may get worse without treatment. Regardless, documentation of a doctor’s visit can help when linking your injuries to the accident (at a later date).
Contact the Morris Bart Law Firm to Learn About Your Options Today
The aftermath of a rear-end collision can cause a substantial negative impact on your life. At the Morris Bart law firm, we will evaluate your case, gather evidence, and handle settlement negotiations (or trial) on your behalf. Call us at (800) 537-8185 today for a free consultation and to learn more about how and why rear-end collisions are common.
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