One of our biggest fears is that we or a loved one will be involved in an automobile accident. And one of the most common types of accidents is a rear-end collision. These accidents are usually the fault of whichever driver hit the other car. However, not every case is that straightforward, and the responsible party may try to shift blame. If you’ve been injured in a rear-end accident and are getting resistance from the insurance companies, you need to hire a car accident attorney.
A rear-end automobile accident can happen at high or low speed. Typically it occurs when a car suddenly stops, or an already stopped vehicle moves before the car in front does. Many factors make it more likely that a rear-end collision will occur, such as:
Distracted driving. Whether from text messaging or talking on a phone, diverting attention from the road increases the risk of a wreck.
Following too closely. Drivers are required to allow sufficient room between them and the car ahead. But following too closely, or tailgating another vehicle, decreases reaction time for braking and other driving maneuvers.
Speeding. This includes driving too fast for the weather conditions. Speeding also reduces reaction time and makes a rear-end collision more likely.
Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. An impaired driver is even less safe when weather conditions or heavy traffic are accident factors.
Swerving and unsafe lane changes. Reckless driving in general is unsafe. But swerving and constant lane changes make it more likely a driver will get behind a stopped vehicle.
Poor weather conditions. Drivers tend to have less visibility during rain, fog, and other adverse conditions. They are also more likely to use their brakes and experience slippery roads.
If any of the above are present at the time you are rear-ended, it could determine liability for the accident. These conditions make it more likely that the driver who collides with the car in front is responsible. But it may not settle the issue. That is why any time you are in an automobile accident, the more facts you remember, the better.
If you are rear-ended, you could experience serious physical injuries as a result. These may include:
- Herniated discs
- Spinal cord injuries
- Ankle and knee injuries
- Injuries resulting from airbag deployment
Often times, the driver who rear-ended you will ask that you keep the matter between you and him or her. It’s never a good idea to discuss the accident with the at-fault driver or attempt to settle on the spot. After a car accident, call the police and make a report. Seek immediate medical attention for injuries, and call an ambulance if anyone is seriously hurt. You should see a doctor even if you don’t notice injuries right away, since some take time to reveal themselves. Gather as many details as you can about what happened, including contact information for any witnesses.
You are likely to hear from an insurance company about your accident. But remember, insurance companies want to limit payouts and settle cases quickly. If you settle, you will never be able to revisit your claim again – even if serious injuries later materialize. That’s why it’s important to speak with an automobile accident attorney about your rear-end collision. You may be able to recover such compensation as:
- Medical bills for your injuries
- Future medical bills and treatments
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
CALL AN EXPERIENCED CAR WRECK ATTORNEY FOR REAR END ACCIDENTS
Rear-end automobile collisions are all too common and often result in significant injuries for the victims. You need and deserve fair compensation when you’ve been injured due to another driver’s negligence. The attorneys of Schneider Hammers have extensive experience with all types of automobile accidents. Before you speak with the insurance companies, give us a call.