Here is what you need to know about fault and rear end car accidents in Arizona. According to the National Safety Council, there are 6 million car accidents every single year. Of those, at least 2.5 million involve a rear-end collision. There are many different causes of rear-end auto accidents such as driver inattention, tailgating, intoxication, road defects, weather conditions, construction, other accidents on the road, police and radar guns, vehicle breakdowns or faulty break lights.  Distracted drivers on cell phones are also a major cause.

Injuries from Rear-End Accidents

Some of the most common injuries in a rear-end accident include back injuries, whiplash, head and face injuries, seat belt injuries, and hand and arm injuries. All drivers on the road have a responsibility to operate vehicles safely. In Arizona, this requires following all local and state traffic laws, avoiding reckless driving behavior and keeping an eye out for other motorists as well as pedestrians and cyclists.

When Does Negligence Make a Difference?

If a driver neglects his or her attention to the road, however, you may have a claim for injuries.  With a car accident where the driver hits you from behind, this could happen because the driver removes his or her eyes from the road and is focused on something else. If a driver’s lack of care contributes to the injuries you sustained in a rear-end car accident in Arizona, you are entitled to bring a claim for reimbursement and compensation by filing a personal injury lawsuit.  In order to prevail in the lawsuit, you will need to prove that the driver was indeed negligent and that the negligence caused the car accident as well as the injuries you sustained.

Cases like this can get complex very quickly, especially if you have multiple insurance companies involved. You need a lawyer who will help you get organized and determine the best way for you to proceed. If you’re feeling like it’s difficult to keep track of all the things you need to do post-accident, an attorney can be a valuable point of contact for taking on the legal case and sharing the critical details with you so that you can focus on your health.

This blog should be used for informational purposes only. It does not create an attorney-client relationship with any reader and should not be construed as legal advice. If you need legal advice regarding Fault and Rear End Car Accidents in Arizona, or any other personal injury, please feel free to contact Brian T. Allen at  480.461.5335,  log on to,  or contact an attorney in your area. Udall Shumway PLC is located in Mesa, Arizona and is a full service law firm. We assist Individuals, families, businesses, schools and municipalities in Mesa and the Phoenix/East Valley.