Rear End Accidents

After successfully litigating hundreds of cases, I know what to expect from insurance companies. I use the knowledge and experience gained to maximize my client's recovery. A severe personal injury claim affects more than just your pocketbook, every aspect of your life is touched. My firm strives for compassionate representation through every step of your personal injury case.
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Justin Johnson
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Justin Johnson

Rear End Accident Attorney

The most common type of car crash is a rear-end accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, these collisions account for almost 3 million car crashes per year or approximately 1/3 of all total auto accidents. This is common sense to most Portland metro-area drivers, who encounter the telltale sign of a rear-end crash on an almost daily basis in the sight of two vehicles pulled off on the shoulder of the road with the drivers outside exchanging their respective insurance information.

Liability In Rear End Accidents Is Presumed

It is presumed that the driver of the rear vehicle, or the vehicle in the back, is at fault for the crash in rear-end accidents. This means that the at-fault driver’s insurance company should assume all liability for the car accident. However, this is not always the case and auto insurance companies have been known to try and blame the lead, or front vehicle, for the accident by claiming that the driver abruptly braked or quickly changed lanes, thereby causing the accident. It should not be assumed that simply because you were injured in a rear-end collision the other driver’s insurance company will accept responsibility and reasonably compensate you for your injuries. Insurance companies have become adept at defending rear-end accident cases, which is why it is important to consult with a seasoned car accident attorney at Johnson Law, P.C. as soon as possible after you are injured.

How Insurance Companies Avoid Compensating You

A favorite insurance company strategy is to lull the injured victim into complacency by having their insurance adjusters act as though they want to provide reasonable compensation, but when the injured person goes to actually negotiate a settlement the insurance company suddenly claims that their crash was a “minor impact” and that they could not possibly have been as seriously injured as they are claiming. If the injury involved whiplash, the insurance company will claim that the person should have recovered more quickly, and thus imply that the injured victim is exaggerating their injuries.

Irregular, or Sporadic Treatment

If the injured person did not immediately seek medical attention, or if it was irregular at first, the insurance company will also try and diminish its at-fault driver’s responsibility for the person’s injuries by saying that they must have been caused by some other event than the car accident.

The Insurance Company Is Saying I Have Degenerative Disk Disease

In addition to denying the car accident resulted in sufficient force to cause injury, insurance companies also try and deflect responsibility by arguing that the injured person suffered from a preexisting condition such as Degenerative Disk Disease, and because of this, the car accident could not possibly be the result of the neck or back pain the person has experienced since the crash.

There are counterarguments, both medical and legal, to this insurance defense tactic, and the car accident attorneys at Johnson Law, P.C. are happy to advocate for you when insurance companies use these unscrupulous pseudoscientific arguments to minimize the injuries suffered by victims of car crashes.

If the insurance company is denying responsibility for your injuries caused by a rear-end car accident, you need legal counsel who is committed to fighting until you get the justice you deserve.  The attorneys at Johnson Law, P.C. have the expertise and knowledge to prove the true extent of your injuries in order to obtain compensation for the harm you have suffered.

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Example Results

Trucking Collision

Reed Johnson obtained this result for a client who had neck and shoulder surgery caused by the negligence of a trucking company.

Traumatic Brain Injury

Justin Johnson obtained this result when advocating for a client in a T-bone collision that resulted in a traumatic brain injury.

Car Crash

Johnson Law obtained this result for a rear-end collision that resulted in a neck injury requiring surgery.

Car vs. Moped

Justin Johnson obtained this result for a client in a non-contact car vs. moped incident resulting in a broken ankle.

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