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Five Facts About Rear-End Collisions in Wichita

Whether the collision is low-velocity or high impact, rear-end collisions are common. Even rear-end collisions at low speeds can cause injuries such as whiplash. If you have been rear-ended in Wichita, Derby or Andover, there are a few things you should know.

  1. Distractions and tailgating are the top causes of rear-end collisions.

Distracted driving is on the rise across highways in America. Thousands of people die every year on our highways and streets because of distracted driving. Any action that takes the drivers attention from the road is considered distracted driving including texting, changing the radio, eating or even talking to passengers. Tailgating also is common in causing collisions. You can receive driving citations for both these acts.

  1. You’re liable if driving the car that rear-ends another vehicle.

Insurance companies view the driver that rear-ends another vehicle as “at fault.” The accident will still be reviewed, but it is unlikely that the fault will be placed on the driver that got rear-ended. There are exceptions to this rule such as when a car is backing up or when there are road defects.

  1. Rear-end collisions with trucks can be fatal.

Trucks cause major damage in collisions because they are so much bigger than a car. They also cause much more severe injuries. Commercial trucks are required to have rear-guards which help prevent serious head injuries, but these guards cannot resist high speed impacts.

  1. Certain cars cause more injuries than others in a rear-end collision.

Cars have a “crumple zone,” or an area designed to absorb energy caused by an impact. The crumple zone is considered area between the back bumper and the back seats, but a short crumple zone can result in serious injury, especially to passengers in the back seat.

  1. Car fires are frequent with rear-end wrecks.

Some cars have poor designs that place fuel tanks in a bad position. Being rear-ended with a vehicle that has a fuel tank poorly placed can lead to dangerous fires. This can lead to an auto product liability case.

If you have been rear-ended on a Kansas road, a personal injury attorney can help recover damages for medical bills and lost wages. A free consultation can help determine what your personal injury case is worth.

At Ray Hodge & Associates, we believe in personal injury handled personally. At our office you see a lawyer from the very first meeting because we believe your case deserves an experienced personal injury attorney right from the start.

If you have had a Kansas car wreck injury that was not your fault and need medical treatment, you need an experienced professional who can help you get back on the road to recovery. Call us today at 316-269-1414 or visit our contact page here. Our Kansas personal injury attorneys will provide you a free initial consultation and if we take your case you don’t pay a dime unless we recover money for you. Even then we only take a percentage of the total amount of your recovery.

If you have questions on what you should be looking for when you are making a decision to hire a Kansas personal injury lawyer, read our article located here.

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