Rear-end accidents are common, and occur on almost every type of roadway in West Virginia, including city streets, highways, and rural roads. Most often the driver behind is at fault. He or she may have been tailgating, texting, talking on a cellphone, speeding, or simply not paying attention. Drunk drivers are also prone to cause these types of car accidents, as their vision and ability to operate a vehicle are severely impaired.
In some cases, the driver ahead is at fault. For example, a driver ahead who suddenly jams on the brakes for no apparent reason could be responsible for a rear-end accident, particularly in fast moving traffic on highways and larger, cross-town arteries.
The speed at impact has a great deal to do with the severity of injuries sustained in a rear-ender. Generally, the likelihood of catastrophic or fatal injuries is greater at higher-speed impacts. Common injuries sustained in a rear-end accident include:
Distracted driving contributes to the numbers of rear-end accidents, and accounted for 4.6 percent of total fatal crashes in West Virginia. The distractions that were recorded in one year revealed that 23.1 percent involved a driver who was eating, drinking or smoking, and 23.1 percent involved a driver who was distracted by cell phone use. These are common types of driving behaviors that endanger innocent people.
At Mani, Ellis & Layne, our car crash attorneys in Charleston, WV take our duty to our clients extremely seriously. We will carefully review the facts in your rear-end accident case, and can advise you what you can expect with regard to compensation. There are many factors to evaluate, including the severity of injuries, the long-term impact on your ability to earn a living, your lost wages, and other financial damages such as the costs of medical treatment and rehabilitation. Your pain and suffering associated with the accident is also an important factor to assess. Call us today for a free case evaluation, or use our online form. We are here to help you pursue the compensation you deserve.