Rear-end collisions make up 28% of all highway collisions, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Our California rear end accident lawyers can help you if you end up in a collision and are inconvenienced or your vehicle is rendered immobile, even when this type of vehicle accident can be the most avoidable.
There are many different factors that can contribute to a rear end collision, these include events around you, weather, and most of all, driver carelessness. In a rear-end collision, the person in the front vehicle, could sustain a soft tissue injury like a sprain, have to deal with property damage or in some cases – even death. You or your California auto accident attorney must be able to prove the drive at fault caused the rear-end collision in order to receive compensation.
All drivers must behave in a careful and reasonable fashion while behind the wheel of a motor vehicle in California. Overall this is achieved when the driver is changing lanes when appropriate, abiding by the set speed limit, and watching out for pedestrians and other drivers that have the right-of-way. Observing extra caution is imperative, but motorists must also obey the rules of safety and carefulness. In the event that you need to avoid a rear end accident, as a driver, you have a few options. For starters, making sure that you maintain a safe following distance of about three car lengths or more if possible. The 2009 California law states that one should not be texting while driving, which is, of course, a way to ensure that you obey this law. Your last option is to practice extra caution during times where the weather is hazardous; this will help keep you and other drivers out of a rear-end accident.
Many rear-end collisions can be avoided; in fact, one out of four accidents are due to driver negligence at the wheel causing a rear-end collision. In order to prove that negligence caused the accident, a victim must provide information that:
• The other motorist has owed the victim a duty of caution.
• The other motorist was speeding, talking or texting on the phone, or acted in some other kind of dangerous act.
• Another driver was acting n a dangerous manner and caused a collision
• The victim was injured and/or ended up with property damages.
Determining Who Was at Fault
After a rear-end collision, the most obvious belief is that the vehicle in the rear is the one who caused the accident. However, the driver in front could be the one who caused the accident, if there i a reason to believe that the driver was not driving in a cautious, safe manner.
In the situation that there are four lanes and a driver in the far-right lane collides with the driver directly in front of him, he could escape charges, but only if there is proof that the front driver decided to suddenly change lanes putting him in front of the driver in the far right lane. Additionally, if there are any issues that include the vehicle or a roadway obstruction (wild animals, debris, etc.) there could be a different way to fix the rear-end collision dispute; if you are in a case such as this, you should call Ryan Sargent, so that he can review your circumstances and begin building your claim.
Common Types of Injuries in Rear End Auto Accidents
The most common types of injuries in rear-end auto accidents are neck and back injuries. There are many different types of neck and back injuries that can be caused by a rear end auto accident such as whiplash, disc protrusion, disc herniation, disc bulge, radiculopathy, nerve damage, and many others. Additionally, people often injure their shoulders, knees, and get brain injuries from car accidents. Every person is different and every accident that occurs has different results. It is important if you are injured in an auto accident to get the best medical attention to determine what your injuries are and to get the treatment to get you back to your pre-accident state.
Importance of Legal Representation
The first step our auto injury law firm takes when we take on a client who has been injured or lost a loved one in a rear end auto accident is to investigate. We will determine who is at fault for the accident. What most people don’t know is that the driver may not be the only person responsible for the accident. In certain cases, we are able to determine that there are many responsible parties for our clients’ injuries such as vehicle owners, employers, defective roadway design, and defective vehicles.
After we determine who the responsible parties are, we start our claim for damages. When someone is rear ended and injured in an auto accident, they are entitled to monetary compensation for their losses. The legal term for these losses is called damages. Damages include pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages, and property damage. The key for our firm in recovering the maximum for your damages is to prove your losses through documentation, by hiring the best experts to testify on your behalf, aggressive litigation, and not backing down to the insurance companies.
Hiring a California Rear End Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved has been injured or experienced a death in the family because of a rear end auto accident, you may be entitled to recover money for your losses. Feel free to contact our auto accident law firm if you think you may have a case or are just interested in getting answers to your questions. We offer free consultations with any auto injury accident. If we take on your case, there are no upfront fees or costs. We simply get paid if the responsible parties pay you.