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Rear-End Crash on I-90 in Billings Results in Serious Injuries

A traffic sign that reads Interstate 90 East along the side of the road in green grass against a blue sky.

A Montana car accident lawyer explains why these crashes happen

Three people recently sustained serious injuries in a rear-end car accident on Interstate 90 in Billings, according to KTVQ 2 News. The two-car crash occurred on a recent Friday afternoon on the eastbound side of I-90 near the South Billings Boulevard exit.

According to a Montana Highway Patrol trooper interviewed by KTVQ News, the driver of a pickup truck rear-ended a car that had slowed down due to highway construction. Two people were injured in the pickup truck and the driver of the car was taken to a nearby hospital for medical treatment.

Officials told the news station that the driver of the pickup truck was distracted and did not see the car slow down. The pickup truck rolled over as a result of the collision.

Rear-end accidents statistics

Rear-end accidents are among the most common collisions that occur nationwide and in Montana. Nearly one-third – 29 percent to be exact – of all car crashes involve one vehicle crashing into the back of another, according to statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

To put this into perspective, there are roughly 6 million car accidents every year nationwide, according to the NHTSA. That means there are roughly 1.74 million rear-end crashes every year or roughly one rear-end accident every 18 seconds.

As for Montana, there are nearly 24,000 car accidents every year, according to statistics compiled by the Montana Highway Patrol. That’s nearly 7,000 rear-end crashes on average each year or one rear-end accident every 47 minutes.

A rear-end car accident. Two silver cars with damage from the crash.

Whiplash & concussions are common injuries

While rear-end accidents can cause many different types of injuries, certain ones are more common than others due to the nature of such accidents. This includes serious neck injuries, including whiplash, which is a type of neck strain injury.

Whiplash is especially common in rear-end crashes due to a victim’s neck being thrown violently forward and backward as a result of the impact of one vehicle crashing into the back of another one. Whiplash can be very painful and can cause damage to a person’s neck muscles and ligaments.

Other common rear-end accident injuries include head injuries, particularly concussions and other types of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Back injuries, including spinal cord injuries, are also common and can have serious consequences.

Contributing factors in rear-end crashes

Rear-end accidents often occur because the driver in the back did something they should not have done, which resulted in an accident. Often, it’s because the at-fault driver was behaving in a reckless or negligent manner.

Like the recent rear-end crash on I-90 in Billings, many of these accidents occur due to distracted driving. One of the most common examples of driver distraction is texting while driving. All it takes is a few seconds for a driver to look at their phone and crash into the car in front of them.

This is also why speeding and reckless driving (including tailgating) often comes into play when it comes to rear-end accidents. Drivers need to leave enough space and not drive too fast in order to avoid colliding into the car in front.

If you've been injured, an attorney can fight for you

Having an attorney on your side after your rear-end accident can often make a dramatic difference in the outcome of your case. Often, the at-fault driver will deny doing anything wrong or may even try to claim you somehow caused the collision. Worst of all, their insurance company will often take their side and do everything they can to reduce or deny your injury claim. That way, they can protect their profits and avoid paying you the money you deserve for your injury-related expenses.

We know what’s at stake at Braukmann Law, PLLC in Billings. That’s why we want to help. When you have an experienced Montana car accident lawyer on your side, you can take a stand against the insurance companies. We know how to investigate car accidents. We know what evidence to look for and how to build a strong legal case.

Many insurance companies agree to negotiate in good faith and make a fair settlement offer once they see we’re serious about your case. If not, we can file a lawsuit or take other legal action on your behalf.

Get the law firm that gets results. Contact us after your rear-end accident and schedule a free consultation with a Billings car accident lawyer you can trust. We’re here for your when you need us most. Make an appointment at our Billings office today.

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