According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), rear-end collisions make up about 30 percent of all traffic accidents each year. That is why they are the most common type of car accident. The fault for most rear-end collisions is usually (but not always) straightforward. However, proving an injury can be a different matter. Therefore, you need a professional, reputable, and experienced Atlanta rear-end collision lawyer to help in handling liability and compensation claims.
Rear-end Collisions are often preventable
Perhaps it is a little surprising to realize the occurrence of rear-end crashes, given most drivers nowadays can access GPS units, smartphones, and other devices in their cars. There can be little doubt that most of these accidents occur due to distracted driving. However, whatever the cause, the fact that most of these accidents are preventable underpins the extra frustration of drivers hit in a rear-end collision.
The good news is that when it comes to fault for auto accidents, it usually does not get more straightforward than with rear-end collisions.
Determining Liability for a Rear-End Collision
Except in a few cases, a driver who rear-ends another vehicle will almost always be found negligent and at fault for the collision. The driver of the lead vehicle will bear some level of liability in a few rare instances of rear-end crashes, including:
- reversing suddenly
- failur to repair a faulty brake light or other broken equipment
- driving with a flat tire or mechanical problem and not pulling over or using hazard lights
- “brake-checking” the tailing driver (slamming on the brakes with no valid reason)
The determination of accident liability is straightforward if none of these scenarios (or a similar one) exists, and it ensures quick resolution of one of the two major legal issues in a rear-end collision case. The calculation of damages is the second remaining issue to be handled. At this point, things can get tricky and complicated, especially the handling of injury compensation.
Obtaining Compensation For Damages After a Rear-End Collision
A rear-end collision causes vehicle damage, and getting compensation for such losses is usually uneventful. The damage to the vehicle is a reasonably objective determination since everyone will typically agree on liability. Therefore, most insurance companies will settle the vehicle damage claims of rear-end accident victims as quickly as possible.
On the other hand, after a rear-end collision, a victim may file a personal injury claim or lawsuit to get compensation for his or her injuries, and this is the most frustrating and complicated part. This is because a rear-end collision often causes “whiplash.” It is one of the most common injuries associated with rear-end collisions. You need an experienced, professional, and reliable Atlanta rear-end collision lawyer to help you file a successful personal injury claim.
Common Causes of Rear-End Collisions
Someone else is almost always at fault in rear-end collisions. Rear-end collisions occur due to the following common bad driving behaviors:
Following too close
To be able to stop suddenly without colliding, drivers should maintain enough distance between their car and the one in front of them. A rear-end collision often occur when a driver follows too close, and he or she is forced to stop suddenly when the lead driver tailgates him or her due to debris on the road or for other reason.
Eating, applying make-up, talking, or texting on mobile phones will distract drivers, and as a result, they can’t give their full attention to the road. They will end up hitting you from behind because they may not see you stop.
The speed of the vehicle will determine the required distance to stop the car. Obstacles – including your stopped car – in front of drivers who’re speeding can be a real danger and cause serious problems since they cannot stop in time when presented with these obstacles.
Faulty brakes or other mechanical defects
Only vehicles in roadworthy condition should operate on the roads. Drivers have the responsibility of ensuring the proper maintenance of their cars. That means ensuring the brakes and other parts of the vehicle are in good working condition. Collision often results when brakes fail.
Common Injuries in Rear-End Collisions
Depending on the circumstances of the crash, several different types of injuries may result from rear-end collisions. The most common types of injuries include:
Most victims of rear-end collisions experience whiplash. It is perhaps the most common injury associated with these accidents. In a rear-end crash, your head may be snapped back, and your neck extends beyond its normal length, which causes whiplash. You will have to bear the excruciating and lingering pain. Drivers who’ve been rear-ended often suffer spinal cord damage or herniated discs.
A rear-end crash may cause spinal cord damage or herniated discs.
Concussion or brain injuries or bruises or cuts on the head may result from rear-end crashes.
Arms, legs, or ribs can break due to a forceful enough impact.
Soft tissue injuries
You may suffer painful strains, sprains, and tears in your muscles, tendons, or ligaments when you’re involved in a rear-end collision.
Atlanta Rear-End Collision Lawyer
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