Rear-End Accidents in Rhode Island
Rhode Island Car Accident Lawyer
Have you been injured in a rear end accident in Rhode Island? If so, you are probably in need of some assertive legal assistance. Here at the Law Offices of Robert H. Humphrey, I provide high caliber services to car accident victims throughout the state. My firm has handled countless car accident claims and I know how to help you seek the full compensation that you deserve. Speak with a Rhode Island car accident attorney at my firm today to learn about the claim filing process.
Car Accidents Statistics
Did you know someone dies in a motor vehicle accident occurs every 12 minutes here in the United States? Not to mention, someone is injured in an auto accident every 10 seconds. Luckily, the car accident fatality rate in Rhode Island is lower that than the national rate. However, the Rhode Island injury rate is slightly higher than the overall U.S. injury rate- the highest rate being amongst the young adult group ages 15 to 24. In 2009 alone, there were nearly 3,000 reported car accident injuries in Rhode Island for victims age 15-24.
Information on Rear-End Accidents
Out of all car accidents that occur in Rhode Island, rear end collisions are among the most common. A rear end accident is when the front end of one vehicle hits the back end of the vehicle in front of them. In many cases, the rear vehicle who made impact is considered to be at fault for the accident- there are however, certain exceptions where the front vehicle can be partially at fault. For example, if the front vehicle came to a sudden stop without any warning, then they may be partially at fault for the accident.
Causes of Rear-End Collisions
These types of accidents can be caused by a number of different things and it usually comes down to driver negligence. The most common causes for rear-end accidents include:
- Following the car in front too closely
- Not paying attention to when the car in front is braking & slowing down
- Driving distracted – texting, talking on the phone, playing with the radio, eating, drinking
- Poor weather conditions- slippery roads due to rain or snow
- Poor visibility- fog, stormy weather
- Trying to go through a yellow light when the driver in front does not
- Foot sliding off the brake at a stop sign or light
- The front driver coming to a sudden stop
Common Injuries in Rear-End Accidents
Due to the nature of these accidents, driver and passenger injuries can be severe, especially when the rear vehicle is a truck, bus, van or SUV. When a larger vehicle hits you from behind and the point of impact is above the rear bumper, then the bumper is not able to provide the shock-resistance that it is mean to. The most common injuries with rear-end accident involve soft-tissue injuries, including whiplash. When the neck is jolted quickly forwards and then backwards, then the injury victims can experience severe neck and head injuries. Injuries cannot be measured by how damaged the vehicle are, drivers and car passengers can be seriously injured even when the vehicles sustain minimal damage.
If you have been injured in a rear end accident that was not your fault, then it is vital that you seek compensation from the negligent party who is at fault. By filing a car accident injury claim, you may be reimbursed for all the damages including:
- Car and property damage
- Lost wages
- Medical bills
- Physical therapy costs
- Hospitalization expenses
- Pain & Suffering
Car Accident Attorney in Rhode Island
A car accident can occur within seconds and turn your life upside-down without a moment's notice. Here at the Law Offices of Robert H. Humphrey, I can offer you compassionate and trustworthy advice to help you get through this difficult time. I have been protecting the rights of personal injury victims for more than 20 years and I know what it takes to reach the best possible outcome in your case. My firm can handle all the legal paperwork and deal with the insurance companies so that you don't have to. If you have been injured, then it is your job to get better, while I worry about everything else. I am 100% client driven and I can make myself readily available to address any of your questions or concerns regarding your case. My firm offers a free initial consultation, so call today to discuss your case. Contact a Rhode Island car accident attorney from my firm today to learn how I can help you!
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