Every year, there are approximately 2.5 million rear-end collisions that occur across the nation. When a car hits the vehicle directly in front of it, this is considered a rear-end collision. While it is generally easier to prove fault in these types of car accidents, it can still be difficult to prove that an accident victim’s injuries were caused by the crash.
With the help of an experienced rear-end collision attorney, you may be eligible to pursue legal recourse to recover losses related to the accident.
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Causes of Rear-End Collisions
The combination of the sudden deceleration of the leading car and the lack of reaction time the second car has often leads to a rear-end collision.
Typically, these types of car accidents are a result of inattentive or distracted driving; however, a rear-end collision can be caused by the following circumstances as well:
- Reckless or aggressive driving
- Failure to abide by the rules of the road
- Negligent drivers in parking lots, at stop lights or on highway ramps
- Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Texting and driving
Common Injuries Related to Rear-End Collisions
Many rear-end collisions happen at low speeds and oftentimes the driver of the lead car will see the oncoming car in their rear view mirror. Due to these factors, drivers who are hit can sometimes suffer the following types of injuries:
- Whiplash or other soft tissue injuries
- Knee and ankle injuries caused by flexed legs bracing for impact
- Carpal tunnel, also due to the driver bracing for impact
- Injuries to the head and face caused by airbag deployment
If two cars of equal size are involved in a rear-end collision, each car will generally experience equal property damage. However, when one vehicle is significantly larger than the other involved, the smaller of the two will usually experience the brunt of the effects from the crash.
In a typical rear-end accident, the injuries sustained by the passengers in the lead car are usually much worse than those experienced in the second car. Severe injuries experienced can include:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Closed head injuries
- Brain injuries
- Nerve damage in the legs or back
- Blunt-force trauma caused by hitting the windshield or steering wheel
- Neck and back injuries
Sometimes, it can take a few days for the symptoms of serious injuries to become visible, so it is important to seek medical attention right away after being involved in this type of auto accident. If an injury victim fails to see a doctor and later experiences symptoms of debilitating injuries, it may be difficult to prove that the injuries were caused by the accident.
Contact a West Palm Beach Rear-End Collision Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured in a rear-end collision that was caused by the actions or negligence of another driver, it is important that you contact an attorney who is well-versed in Florida law right away.
In a vast majority of these types of accidents, the at-fault driver is usually that of the second car. Regardless, it is crucial to hire an attorney who can recreate the scene of the wreck in order to prove without a shadow of a doubt that it was the actions of another driver that caused you or your loved ones to sustain injuries.
You may be eligible to file a claim in order to recover compensation for damages related to the accident, including medical expenses, costs from property damage, lost wages from missed time at work, and pain and suffering.
For more information on the legal rights which may be available to you and your loved ones, contact a West Palm Beach rear-end collision attorney at Gordon & Doner today to begin exploring your legal options.