Plano Rear End Collisions Accident Lawyer
Rear end collisions are extremely common, not just here in Plano, but across the United States. According to statistics compiled by the Insurance Information Institute , in 2015, there were 2,101,000 rear end crashes in the United states, comprising 33.4% of all accidents. 2,203 people died in those crashes, while 1,543,000 people were injured. If you’ve been injured in a rear end collision, our Plano rear end accident lawyers can help. Our accident injury law firm has negotiated generous insurance settlements and won in court for hundreds of clients over the years.
Just because rear end accidents are common doesn’t mean they’re easy to settle with the insurance company.
Common Causes of Rear End Accidents
There are several common causes of rear end accidents. They include:
Studies show distracted driving is the leading cause of rear end accidents — anywhere from 75 to 87% of rear end collisions were caused by a distracted driver. This could mean texting & driving, talking on a cell phone, talking or turning to talk to children in the back seat, etc. Anything that takes the driver’s attention off the road.
Following Too Closely (Tailgating)
We’ve all been there. Bumper to bumper traffic on the tollway or turnpike, or even just around town. Tailgating is a rear end accident waiting to happen. If you have to slam on your brakes, the driver behind you may not have time to stop because they were following too closely.
Speeding is also a common cause of rear end accidents. Just like with tailgating, the speeding driver doesn’t give himself/herself enough space between vehicles to make a sudden stop.
Drunk Driving or Drugged Driving
Someone who is driving drunk or under the influence of drugs has slower reaction times. So if you have to stop suddenly, the impaired driver behind you may rear end you. They may not have even noticed your brake lights.
Rain, fog, ice and snow can all make the road conditions dicey. Weather conditions can make it hard for another driver to see your brake lights, or when they try and brake, the road is too slippery and they slide right into you.
Of course, there are a number of other reasons, or a combination of reasons that cause rear end accidents. Our job as your rear end accident lawyers is to help make sure the other driver’s insurance company compensates you for your injuries and property damage.
Injuries from Rear End Accidents
Rear end accidents can cause both minor and serious injuries. As noted previously, rear end accidents can also be fatal. We’ve helped people who have suffered a variety of injuries in rear end accidents, including:
- Head injuries
- Back injuries and spinal cord injuries
- Facial cuts and fractures
- Injuries from the airbag deployment
- Fractures and broken bones
- Internal injuries
- And more
We have also helped families file a wrongful death suit after a loved one died in a rear end collision.
Insurance Settlement or Going to Court
Our Plano rear end accident lawyers are skilled in insurance settlement negotiation, and can frequently get you a larger settlement than the insurance company might have considered offering you to begin with. If the other driver’s insurance company offers you a settlement, don’t accept it without speaking to a rear end accident lawyer first.
Many times, the first offer is a low ball offer that doesn’t take into account all of your current and future medical bills, or your lost wages. We’ll help you compile a list of damages, and the amount of money you have had to pay, or the money you have lost. We’ll work with you and represent you in dealings with the insurance company to protect your rights. You know the insurance company has an army of lawyers on their side.
Sometimes, the insurance company will try and blame you for a rear end accident so they don’t have to compensate you for your losses. We are prepared to take your case to court to get you the appropriate compensation. We’ll investigate your accident and establish that you were not at fault. We will also work to establish that your injuries were a direct result of the accident, and not a pre-existing condition.
Contact one of our Plano Rear End Accident Lawyers Today
If you’ve been injured in a rear end collision, you need rear end accident lawyers experienced in handling these personal injury cases. At your FREE consultation, we will ask you a number of questions about your accident and what injuries you have as a result. After gathering this information, our Plano rear end accident lawyers will offer you legal guidance to help you move on to the next steps in your case. Call our Plano law firm at 214-305-8277 today, or fill out our contact form on the right, and someone will respond shortly.