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Portland Rear End Accidents


Of all the different types of crashes drivers are involved in on the roads, the most common by far are rear end accidents. In fact, rear end accidents account for 3 million crashes every year. Many people assume these crashes are nothing more than minor fender benders, likely because they usually occur at low speeds. Unfortunately, victims of rear end accidents sustain serious injuries just like anyone else involved in a crash. When they do, they often have a more difficult time obtaining the financial compensation they deserve. Below, our Portland rear end accident attorney explains further.

Fault is Presumed During a Rear End Accident

It is a common misconception that the driver that struck another from behind is always at fault for a rear end accident. This means that injured drivers in the front vehicle must file a claim with the rear motorist’s insurance company to claim the compensation they deserve. However, rear drivers are not always at fault for these crashes.

It is true that drivers in the rear have a duty to maintain a safe speed and to provide enough distance in front of them to avoid hitting anyone else. It is for this reason that when a rear end accident occurs, the rear driver is presumed to be at fault. Drivers in the front, though, have a legal duty to ensure they stop and slow down at a safe pace that provides the driver behind them with enough time to do the same. Drivers who come to an abrupt stop, particularly without reason, can be held liable if another driver struck them from behind.

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Injuries are Harder to Prove After a Rear End Accident

Some of the most common injuries seen after a rear end accident are soft tissue injuries. Among these, whiplash is the most common. There are others, though, and they include:

  • Tendonitis
  • Sprains
  • Bursitis
  • Sprains
  • Stress injuries

Proving soft tissue injuries is more difficult because they are not visible in the same manner as broken bones or sprains and strains. As such, the insurance company representing the liable party may argue that you were not injured. Insurance companies also often like to claim that victims had a pre-existing condition, and that their injuries were not caused by accident.

You should know that if you have been injured by another person’s carelessness, you deserve financial compensation. Soft tissue injuries can take a long time to recover from, and they can be very painful. Even if you did have a pre-existing condition and the crash exacerbated it, you still deserve compensation.

Our Rear End Accident Attorney in Portland Can Prove Your Case

Rear end accidents cause very serious injuries just like any other type of crash. Lance D. Youd, Attorney at Law, is the Portland rear end accident attorney that can prove your case so you can claim the full compensation you deserve. Call us now at (503) 399-8967 or contact us online to schedule a free case evaluation.

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