Denver Rear-End Car Accident Lawyer
Rear-end car accidents are some of the most commonly-reported accidents on the road. While some rear-end collisions are simple “fender-benders” that result in little to no property damage and injuries, others could leave victims with severe and lasting injuries, mounting medical bills, and significant property damage to deal with.
A rear-end collision is almost always a shock because your attention is focused forward, and you have no time to anticipate or prepare for the crash. And while you may think you are uninjured after a rear-end collision, many of these specific symptoms take a while to become apparent.
If you were injured in a rear-end collision in Denver, call The Bourassa Law Group to discuss your legal options. We will sit down with you for a free legal consultation, and our attorneys will work on your case on a contingency fee basis. We will only collect our fee when we win your case; you will not be charged a retainer or other fees. Call The Bourassa Law Group at (303) 331-6186 today to speak with a compassionate member of our team today.
Why do you need a lawyer?
A rear-end collision is almost always the fault of the driver who hit the car in front of them. For that reason, the responsible driver’s insurance company will often pressure you to settle the case quickly and for a lower amount of damages. You do not understand the law, but we do. We know how confusing the aftermath of a car collision can be. We will manage all contacts and communications with the defendant’s insurance company. We know how to gather evidence, and we have access to resources, including accident reports and driving history, that can be important when negotiating a fair and reasonable settlement for your car accident. If we cannot come to a fair settlement, we are fully prepared to file a lawsuit against the defendant, and we will see them in court.
Why Choose Us?
The Bourassa Law Group focuses on giving your case the attention it requires to come to a successful conclusion for you. We operated in Colorado, Nevada, Arizona, and California and have negotiated top dollar personal injury settlements for many types of cases, including motor vehicle accidents. We combine deep legal experience with a personal touch to help you get back on the road to recovery.
Information we will gather to secure a fair damage settlement includes:
- Police reports. Often the police report will make an assessment of fault, which is difficult to refute.
- Eyewitness testimony. If you get the names and contact information of any eyewitness, we will interview them to get a more accurate picture of the accident. Eyewitnesses are not always reliable, so we will ask tough questions to get the full story.
- Accident reconstruction. If there are major questions about exactly how the accident occurred and who was at fault, we can work with accident reconstruction experts to prove the other driver is at fault for the collision
- Video and photo evidence. Everyone has a camera these days, and there are security cameras at many businesses that may have a view of the accident scene. We will inquire about video available that may have a real-time view of your accident.
Rear-End Collision Cases We Handle
The National Transportation Safety Board reported in 2015 the there were 1.7 million rear-end collisions, with 1,700 deaths, usually from a traumatic brain injury. Over 500,000 rear-end collisions resulted in injuries. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration reports that rear-end collisions are 23 to 30 percent of all car accidents
For purposes of police reports and insurance, the driver of the rear car is almost always found to be a fault. One exception is when the front car was driving in reverse and hit the car behind.
The accident scenarios for rear-end accidents are:
- Sudden deceleration of the lead car, perhaps from a bicycle or pedestrian entering the roadway or some other obstruction.
- Following too closely and not having enough time to react to the front car.
- The sudden acceleration of the rear car when the lead car slows down or leaves an intersection at a slower rate of speed than the rear car.
- The lead car makes a very slow turn into a parking lot or driveway that the rear driver misjudges.
- Inattention on the part of the driver of the rear car, either from a distraction on the road or the use of a cell phone.
Medical Consequences of Rear-End Collisions
Whiplash is the most common injury in a rear-end collision. Typically, the symptoms of whiplash last six to eight weeks. However, for some severe cases, whiplash pain can last for years. This can be attributed to herniated or bulging discs, which put pressure on nerves and interfere with spinal movement.
It is very important to understand that pain and other symptoms of whiplash are frequently not immediately apparent. They can develop over a period of a few days. Symptoms include:
- Inhibited range of movement of the neck.
- As the neck movement gets worse, pain can develop.
- The shoulders, upper back and arms can also feel tender. Arms and hands can also feel numb and even tingle.
- Headaches that radiate from where the neck and head join.
- Fatigue and dizziness.
Some people develop symptoms like blurred vision, irritability, tinnitus or ringing in the ears, inability to concentrate, depression, and even memory problems. These symptoms are common to a mild concussion, also, which is a similar injury to whiplash. In both cases, the brain moves violently against the skull and tiny blood vessels are broken, like a bruise.
It is very important to see a doctor immediately after a whiplash rear-end car collision. The whiplash symptoms could mimic more serious injuries like broken neck vertebrae or damage to nerves and muscle tissues. An accurate diagnosis will reassure you that you have a treatable injury.
Generally, people with whiplash recover within a couple of months. Sometimes, however, the pain can increase over time and spread to the arms. This can happen due to pre-existing back or neck pain, advanced age or having already had whiplash previously.
A doctor’s exam for rear-end collision whiplash involves checking you for your range of motion in neck and shoulders and checking which motions case you pain. The doctor will also check your reflexes and strength in your arms and legs, and ask you about any sensations, like tingling or throbbing, in those limbs.
The doctor may order tests, such as an X-ray, CAT scan and/or and MRI to get a detailed picture of any damage to your cervical and lumbar regions.
Treatment For Rear-End Collision-Induced Whiplash
Treatment for whiplash centers of pain management, steadily improving your range of motion, and generally getting you back to your normal life and activities.
As with all body trauma injuries, rest is important in the first 24 hours. But too much rest might make the injury worse. The doctor may give you a temperature regimen of putting heat or cold on the injury area for 15 minutes at a time, up to five or six times a day. Sometimes prescription medications like pain killers, muscle relaxants and injections of lidocaine are used to loosen up the affected area to enable physical therapy, but generally, they are not needed. Over-the-counter medications like non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications often work well.
The best therapy for whiplash is exercise and physical therapy, both guided by a professional physical therapist. They will give you a course of exercise you can do on your own. You have to do it every day to see steady progress.
Getting Justice After a Rear-End Collision
Just like having your injuries assessed by a doctor and following their recommendations for exercise and therapy, it is important to pursue legal avenues to file a damage claim against the diver who hit you. The Bourassa Law Group will consult with you to hear your side of the story, at no cost to you. We will develop a claim and file it in civil court to begin the process of getting you justice. The claim becomes the beginning of a process of negotiating a fair and reasonable settlement with the other driver’s insurance company. There will a negotiation process, and the insurance company will try to pay you the lowest amount they can. But it is our job to make sure you are compensated for medical costs, property damage to your car and any pain and suffering caused by the accident. If negotiation does not result in a settlement we think is adequate, we will file a lawsuit against the insurance company in civil court.
When a car slams into the rear of your vehicle, your life can be turned upside down in an instant. The Bourassa Law Group is committed to helping you recover the compensation you need to pay your bills and move on with your life after the crash. Call our Denver car accident lawyers today at (303) 331-6186 and put our experience and skills to work for you.
Frequently asked questions
The legal definition of a personal injury is when someone’s failure to use reasonable care in a particular situation results in another person’s physical, emotional, or psychological injury. Personal injury cases often rely on the elements of negligence to prove the responsible party’s actions were the cause of the other party’s injuries.
The length of a personal injury case depends on the type of case and various factors, such as the severity of the injury sustained and the duration of necessary treatment. A car accident case might take six months to resolve, while a wrongful death lawsuit could take two years. It all depends on the circumstances surrounding the case.
No. Whether you got hurt in a car accident or on someone else’s property, you should never speak with their liability insurance company about the claim. They try to save money whenever possible and could attempt to trick you into accepting a low settlement amount or intimidate you into dropping the case. Your Denver personal injury lawyer will handle all communication on your behalf.
It depends. A vast majority of personal injury cases settle out of court. When we file a claim with the insurance company, we’ll submit evidence that proves you deserve compensation for your injuries. Sometimes the insurer is willing to settle. Other times, they deny the claim or provide a settlement much lower than you deserve. Under those circumstances, we will file a lawsuit and take the case to court.
Mediation is a step during a lawsuit where both sides meet to try to reach an agreement. The mediator listens to the arguments on both the plaintiff’s and the defendant’s sides and attempts to resolve the issue. If they can reach an agreement, they will settle out of court, and the case will get dismissed. If they can’t resolve the matter, the case will proceed to trial.