More than two and-a-half million people are rear-ended each year in their vehicle. This type of accident is among the most common type of car accidents people experience. It’s defined as an accident that occurs when one vehicle hits the back of another, and it’s most likely to occur in heavy traffic, at red lights, and at stop signs. However, this type of accident can occur anywhere that a car is behind another, whether it’s a slow accident with no injuries and very little damage in a school pick-up/drop-off line, or in the drive-thru line at your favorite fast food restaurant. A rear-end collision can occur anytime there is another car behind you, and injuries vary. 

Rear-end collisions are not usually the deadliest or most serious form of car accident, but they can be when the accident happens at the right time. For example, if traffic is at a complete stop on the interstate due to inclement weather or a road block and someone doesn’t see that traffic is stopped, the rear-end collision could happen at a high enough rate of speed to seriously injure the people involved in the accident. if the accident causes a fire, or it pushes another care into another vehicle, it could cause serious damages. There’s never a way to predict how much damage or how many serious injuries might occur as a result of a car accident that results when someone hits you from behind. 

What Causes Rear-End Collisions? 

Anything can cause an accident of this nature, but the most common cause is an inattentive driver. There are instances in which brakes fail or a car malfunctions and it’s the fault of the manufacturer that an accident occurs, but most rear-end collisions are the result of a driver not paying attention to the road and the people in front of him or her. 

– Texting and driving 
– Talking on the phone 
– Putting on makeup
– Eating 
– Turning around to hand things to kids 
– Digging through the bag 
– Not stopping at a stop sign
– Not stopping for a red light
– Driving under the influence 
– Tailgating
– Driving too fast to stop 

Anyone can become injured in an accident of this nature, and it’s almost always the fault of the other driver. Even if there are no serious injuries, your car might need to be replaced or repaired, and you might suffer from emotional damage or loss of income and wages. 

Injuries from Rear-End Collisions 

Fortunately, many rear-end collisions happen at low rates of speed, and major injuries are avoided. However, any injury requires medical assistance. 

– Whiplash 
– Cuts
– Bruises
– Road rash 
– Broken bones
– Fractures
– Head injuries 
– Neck injuries 
– Spinal cord injuries
– Death 

These injuries can result in medical bills, rehabilitation, loss of wages, and pain and suffering. Now someone has caused you to suffer injuries as well as damage to your car, and they’ve caused you to take on financial responsibilities you did not have prior to your accident. It’s why an experienced personal injury attorney can help you. 

How an Attorney Can Help 

When you are rear-ended, many things go through your mind. You wonder if everyone is okay, you wonder about the damage to your vehicle. You worry about injuries, whether they are severe or minor. You have medical bills. You worry insurance might not cover them all, and whether you can afford to pay your deductibles to cover the costs of repairing your car and to have your insurance kick in to cover costs. You worry about many things, and you don’t have to. When someone else is negligent, we can help. 

Our job is to prove burden of responsibility. This means we collect evidence. We take the accident report from the scene of the accident. We track down witness statements, we take photos, and we look for evidence that someone else was at-fault for your injuries and financial burden. We help you understand that the initial offer from someone else’s insurance company is not always the right offer. We help you get more money for your injuries, and we make sure you are adequately compensated for what’s occurred. It’s our job to handle the details while you focus on your life. Call us as soon as possible when you are rear-ended, and we can start our investigation early when the evidence and the witnesses are all fresh with their facts. 

Compensation 

What are you entitled to as far as compensation is concerned? It’s the question everyone asks when they are hit from behind. 

– Medical bills
– Damage to your car
– Insurance deductibles
– Loss of wages
– Diminished income 
– Death
– Funeral expenses

These are just a few of many examples of things you are entitled to when someone else hits you from behind. There are many costs associated with accidents in which injuries are serious, and many people cannot afford to pay them out of pocket. Even if you can afford your medical bills and the cost of repairing or replacing your damaged vehicle, it’s not your responsibility. You didn’t leave your home that day to find an accident. You left assuming the rest of the people on the road would be paying attention so they could keep you safe. 

When someone else is negligent on the road, you suffer more than anyone. It becomes the responsibility of the people you work with at an attorney’s office to help you seek the medical assistance you need, the compensation you deserve, and to help you get your life back on track as quickly as possible. Let our attorneys help you find the compensation to help you cover all the expenses you incurred as a result of someone else’s negligence. It’s their fault you cannot live your life as you once did, and they should be held responsible for that.