Fighting for Your Full Recovery Following a Rear-end Collision in Metropolitan Washington, D.C., Maryland, or Virginia
A rear-end collision occurs when one vehicle collides into the rear-end of the vehicle in front of it. This type of car accident is the most prevalent of all traffic accidents and usually happens when the trailing vehicle driver did not give itself enough time or distance to properly stop in order to avoid a collision.
The attorneys at Kenneth J. Annis & Associates understands the frustrations of being involved in an accident you may not have been responsible for and having to deal with repercussions you otherwise would not have had to. We give our clients confidence in knowing that their case is in experienced, qualified hands and our firm will work vigorously to create the best possible outcome. Despite the severity of your injuries or the details surrounding the accident, our firm has over 40 years of experience that we will use in your favor.
Contributory Negligence and Compensation for Rear-end Collisions
Rear-end collisions may result in a variety of injuries or damages including physical injuries, pain and suffering, loss of livelihood and damage to the vehicle. All of the aforementioned can be received as recovery or compensation if you have an attorney who will rigorously fight to protect your rights.
Despite being a no-fault jurisdiction, Washington D.C. is one of the few jurisdictions that still uses what is called contributory negligence. Simply put, this means that if you are found to be responsible for an accident in any way, you cannot recover any money no matter how significant your damages. This law can also affect you if you file an insurance claim.
If you choose to file a lawsuit in addition to your insurance claim, it is important to hire an attorney who is qualified and experienced in this area of law. Contributory negligence will apply to any lawsuit filed and you want an attorney who will advocate on your behalf to ensure you are fairly represented and receive the best outcome. For example, if the court finds the other driver 98% responsible and you only 2% responsible, that 2% will still bar you from collecting any money from the insurance company. Due to the fact that there isn’t a specific equation or method for proving contributions, the role of your attorney and their negotiating power becomes vital when you fight against the claims adjuster in determining how much insurance money you do or do not receive.
Rear-end Collisions Can Result in Serious Injuries
Injuries sustained by passengers and drivers in either vehicle involved can range from mild to severe. Occupants in the lead vehicle typically suffer more serious injuries. The size of the vehicles and the speed upon impact has an effect on the damage and injuries sustained. For example, occupants of a compact car struck by a speeding truck will likely sustain much more serious injuries than if struck by a car traveling at the speed limit. Although bumpers on automobiles are designed to cushion the impact of a vehicle collision, they are of course not full-proof. Even low-speed rear end collisions can cause serious injuries, particularly for the occupants in the lead vehicle, because of the unexpected and sudden nature of the impact.
Common Rear-end Collision injuries include:
- Soft tissue injury of the cervical spine (i.e., whiplash)
- Soft tissue injury of the lumbar spine (lower back pain)
- Carpal tunnel injury
- Ankle and knee injuries
- Head injuries from airbag deployment
- Brain Injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Facial and head injury
Experienced and Qualified Rear-end Collision Attorney Kenneth J. Annis
If you or a loved one was involved in a rear-end collision and feel you deserve compensation for your injuries, the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Rear-End Collision Attorneys at Kenneth J. Annis & Associates can help. Our experienced team will work hard to protect your rights and obtain the recovery you deserve. Contact Kenneth J. Annis & Associates today at (202) 785-2244 or email for a free consultation.