Rear-end car accident injuries may not be as fatal as other types of crashes but they have their own risks. It is a misconception to think that rear-end car accidents are harmless. Another misconception is assuming that the at-fault party is always the rear driver. It is important for you to consult our Atlanta Car Accident Lawyers following a rear-end car accident. We will help you understand your legal options for recovering compensation for your injuries.
Causes of Rear-End Car Accidents and Determination of Fault
Tailgating, which refers to vehicles following each other too closely, is the leading cause of rear-end crashes. The risk is highly increased if drivers follow each other too closely and the leading driver stops suddenly. Distracted driving adds to the repercussions of tailgating. Other situations in which the driver may be found at fault include:
- Driving aggressively
- Poor vehicle maintenance which results in defective brakes
Other situations that cause rear-end collisions are however not the fault of the rear driver. The front driver or some other party may be at fault in the following situations:
- A rear-end car accident that involves three vehicles. In which the most rear car hits the middle car with such great force causing it to hit the front-most car.
- Braking by the front driver suddenly in an unreasonable way and for no apparent reason.
- Making of an unsafe and illegal lane change by the front driver.
- Defective brake lights of the front vehicle.
- Failure of the manufacturer of the vehicle brakes in creating a product that does not allow effective stopping of the vehicle.
Common Rear-End Car Accident Injuries
Some rear-end car accidents result in minor injuries that heal quite fast while others cause severe and even permanent injuries. Those that happen when vehicles are traveling at extremely high speeds are potentially deadly. Some of the common types of injuries suffered in rear-end car accidents include:
- Back, neck and spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Bruising and lacerations
- Broken bones
Depending on the severity of the injury, victims may sustain disfigurement and permanent scarring or disabilities. On top of that, they incur expensive medical bills, are faced with the loss of employment and develop psychological harm.
Recovering Compensation after a Rear-End Car Accident
The fault of the negligent party must be proved in order for you to recover compensation after a rear-end crash. Which can only be done by considering the following:
- Requesting a copy of the accident’s police report
- Getting information from witnesses
- Working with experts in accident reconstruction
- Keeping a record of the medical reports and bills
In order to preserve your rights for damages, you should file your insurance claim against the at-fault driver without delay. Our highly skilled Atlanta car accident begins to work for you immediately after receiving your call. From investigating the accident cause to calculating the damages and also filing your claim, we abruptly and diligently do it all.
Our experienced lawyers have the knowledge and skills of handling rear-end car accident cases. We will ensure that you receive compensation for property damage, lost wages and medical bills. Contact us today to explore and discuss your medical options. Call us at (404)-418-8507.