San Antonio Rear-End Collision Lawyer
Almost one-third of all car accidents are rear-end collisions, making them the most common form of car crash. Nationally, around 2.5 million rear-end crashes happen in the U.S. every year, resulting in about a million injuries and causing around 2,000 deaths annually. While one might not think of rear-end crashes as being particularly serious, much less deadly, the Insurance Information Institute reports that more than seven percent of all traffic fatalities come from rear-end collisions and account for almost one-fifth of all fatal accidents involving two vehicles.
In non-fatal accidents, serious injuries can still occur, and it can be even more difficult to recover significant compensation in these instances, given the common perception that rear-end collisions aren’t serious. The Law Office of Israel Garcia has particular expertise in cases like these, including achieving a multi-million dollar verdict in a car accident injury termed a “minor impact soft tissue injury” by others. If you or a loved one has been injured in a rear-end collision in South-Central Texas, the Law Office of Israel Garcia can help. Contact our experienced San Antonio rear-end collision lawyer today.
Rear-End Collision Injuries Are Painful and Debilitating
As noted above, rear-end collisions can and do result in the deaths of thousands of crash victims every year. Rear-end collision accidents also cause catastrophic injuries including traumatic brain injury, spinal cord and spine injury, bulging discs and back injuries, fractures, neck and shoulder injuries, and more. When accident victims suffer serious injuries like these, they will need significant financial support to cover their immediate and long-term medical expenses and pain management, lost income due to time missed from work or disability, and compensation for their pain and suffering.
Many times, a rear-end collision will cause a less visible injury such as a strain, sprain, or tear to a muscle, tendon, or ligament. These so-called soft tissue injuries can be extremely painful and long-lasting, limiting an accident victim’s ability to move freely, work, or enjoy life without chronic pain. Whiplash is one common result of a rear-end collision that can cause a soft tissue injury. When a vehicle is struck from behind, the body of the person inside the vehicle experiences significant shocks. In a whiplash event, the head and neck move in opposite directions from the torso at speeds three times as great as the force of the impact, overextending and stretching, straining or tearing the muscles, tendons and nerves in the neck. Whiplash and related acceleration-deceleration injuries can cause pain to radiate throughout the body, especially in the shoulder, neck and lower back. Whiplash victims can also suffer numbness in their extremities and other adverse impacts such as dizziness, blurred vision and memory loss.
Rear Drivers Are Typically At Fault for Causing Rear-End Collisions
It’s possible that a driver might cause someone to crash into them through some negligent or unreasonable action such as slamming on the brakes out of anger/road rage or for no apparent reason, or swerving in front of another vehicle and suddenly slowing or stopping. Also, a driver might have to stop all of a sudden because of the negligent action of a driver or pedestrian up ahead, or a driver who gets rear-ended might in turn unavoidably rear-end the car in front of them. These are all rare but complex scenarios, and it can take special effort and expertise to sort out who is liable to whom for the damages caused.
Most of the time, however, rear-end collisions happen because the driver in the rear was following too closely, driving too fast, texting while driving, or engaging in some other distracted driving behavior. When the rear driver’s liability is obvious or relatively easy to prove, the difficulty in the case then turns toward getting an appropriate amount of compensation from the negligent driver or their insurance company. Insurance companies will frequently downplay the serious nature of a rear-end accident, especially if it is low-speed or there is no significant damage to the vehicle. Our job as personal injury lawyers is to prove the facts that even a low-speed accident can cause a serious injury that deeply impacts the victim’s ability to move, function, work, or enjoy the pain-free life that existed before the injury. At the Law Office of Israel Garcia, we have done just that in all types of cases, including minor impact car accidents and soft tissue injuries, with considerable success for our clients.
Contact the Law Office of Israel Garcia Today
If you or a loved one has been injured in a rear-end collision in South-Central Texas, the dedicated legal team at the Law Office of Israel Garcia can help you get the justice and compensation you need and deserve to deal with the harm done to you by a negligent driver. Call our experienced San Antonio rear-end collision lawyer today.