Rear-End Accidents in Montana
Any automobile accident can change your life in an instant. While there are some minor rear-end collisions that cause only minimal damage and injuries, other rear-end accidents can total your car and cause serious injuries or death. Victims of rear-end car accidents may be entitled to compensation for their injuries, pain, suffering, emotional distress, and other losses. At Holm Law Firm, we are dedicated to protecting our clients’ rights in Montana car accident cases.
Causes of Rear-End Collisions
Rear-end collisions typically happen when a distracted, impaired, or negligent driver crashes into a stopped, parked, or slow-moving vehicle (like at a red light or in Billings traffic). In fact, these types of crashes are one of the most common in Montana. Rear-end accidents can be caused by a variety of negligent acts, including the following:
- Distracted driving
- Texting and driving
- Drunk driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs
- Aggressive driving
- Excessive speeding
- Tailgating or following too closely
- Icy and slick roads
Whiplash and Other Rear-End Accident Injuries
The forces involved in a rear-end collision typically push the people in the rear-ended vehicle quickly back into their seat without warning or time to brace, then possibly jolting forward and coming to a dramatic halt with the locking of the seatbelt or bracing with the extremities, causing the head and neck to "whip" and "snap" backward and forward and back again. This dramatic motion can cause tremendous stretching, pressure, and force on the muscles, ligaments, and skeletal and disc structures of the neck and back, often causing significant, lasting pain and serious injuries. Severe rear-end accidents can cause victims to strike their heads or bodies against interior portions of the vehicle, causing concussions, catastrophic injuries, paralysis, and even death.
Personal Injury Claims from Rear-End Accidents in Montana
In order to recover insurance compensation after a rear-end accident, the victim must first be able to prove that the other driver was negligent. That typically means he or she was driving without reasonable care - or the care a reasonably prudent driver would have used in the same or similar circumstances. You almost must be able to prove your injuries were caused by the accident and not some other unrelated cause. Sometimes it takes a skilled and experienced personal injury lawyer to establish liability for your injuries in a rear-end collision and convince the insurance company to negotiate a favorable settlement.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, it is in your best interest to contact a Montana car accident attorney who can assess the merits of your case. At Holm Law Firm, we are dedicated to helping our clients pursue the compensation they deserve. Our car accident lawyer has the experience necessary to successfully resolve your personal injury claims and help you move on with your life. While our office is located in Billings, Montana, we represent injured clients throughout Yellowstone County and across the State of Montana. Contact us today at (406) 252-2900 or through our online contact form. We look forward to hearing from you!