One of the most common types of motor vehicle accidents in Montana is the rear-end accident. These accidents can occur at stop lights or stop signs, or when traffic is slowing down on a highway or freeway. Many rear-end accidents are simple fender benders, with little damage to the vehicles. But many are more serious, and they often result in severe injury — especially to occupants of the vehicle that is hit from behind.
A rear-end accident victim often suffers soft tissue injuries to the neck and back. These injuries are the result of the person’s head being thrown back and then forwards during the impact. This violent motion damages the soft tissues — tendons, muscles and ligaments — that surround the spinal column. Sometimes the discs between the vertebrae are injured and swell up, putting pressure on the nerves and spinal cord.
In most rear-end accidents the driver of the rear vehicle is at fault. They occur when driver who is distracted or going too fast will often be unable to stop in time when traffic ahead slows or stops. Texting and driving is a common cause of rear-end accidents.
If people can prove they were injured by the negligence of another driver, they have the right to recover compensation for their losses. These losses can include past and future medical expenses, lost income and pain and suffering.
At the Edmiston and Colton Law Firm we have been representing Montanans injured in auto accidents — including rear-end accidents — since our firm was founded in 1987. We are committed to making sure you get not only financial compensation but the medical and rehabilitative care people deserve. For more on how we can help, please visit the car accidents page of our website.