Seattle Personal Injury Attorney Chris Thayer
Seattle Personal Injury Attorney Chris Thayer
Handling Personal Injury Claims in the Seattle Area and Throughout Washington Since 1995

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Rear End Collisions on Mercer Island: Here is What You Need to Know

Posted Friday, August 11, 2023 by Chris Thayer

A rear-end collision in Washington is when one motorist drives into the back of another vehicle.

This type of collision is responsible for approximately 29 % of all crashes. The Insurance Information Institute statistics reveal that rear-end collisions are responsible for over seven percent of traffic-related fatalities; and almost 20% of fatalities involving two cars.

In the United States, nearly 2.5 million rear-end collisions are reported every year.

*Common Rear-End Crash Scenarios on Mercer Island*Consider some of the most common scenarios for a rear-end collision.

In each of these examples, the rear driver may be considered at fault.

*Circumstances Vary in Mercer Island Car Accidents*However, there are cases where both drivers may share the blame for a rear-end collision. Consider these situations:

In these cases, one or both drivers may share the responsibility for the accident.

Provi*ng Fault After a Mercer Island Car Accident *Washington is a state that requires proof that a motor vehicle driver was negligent. To prove this, you need to show that the driver owed you a duty to exercise reasonable care to avoid harming other people on the road.

In addition, you will have to show that the driver failed to exercise this duty. This may be shown with evidence such as that a driver was texting or holding a cell phone while driving. Third, you must show that their failure caused your accident.

*When to Speak to a Personal Injury Lawyer in King County*You may want to speak with a personal injury lawyer to discuss your situation and understand how to prove that someone is at fault for the crash and your injuries. This can be useful in understanding possible legal actions.