In the United States, the most common type of car accident is a rear-end collision, according to Rearendcollision.com.
When one’s vehicle is hit from behind, the striking driver is almost always at fault. This is because traffic laws state that drivers need to safely come to a stop when a vehicle in front slows or stops. It’s generally believed that drivers who rear-end another vehicle were not driving at a safe following distance.
Causes of Rear-end Collisions
There are many causes of rear-end collisions including:
- Bad weather such as icy or foggy conditions
- Distracted driving
- Impairment from alcohol or drugs
- Reckless driving
Typical Injuries Caused by Rear-end Collisions
There are a variety of injuries that can be caused by rear-end collisions such as:
- Vertebrae fractures
- Back sprains
- Bulging or herniated discs
- Lacerations (caused by broken glass)
- Internal injuries caused by the seatbelt
- Leg and knee injuries
Should You Consult an Attorney if You’ve Been Rear-ended?
Yes. If you’ve sustained injuries in a rear-end collision, you should consult with a New Jersey car accident lawyer. You may be eligible for compensation from the at-fault driver’s insurance company. Without a lawyer to fight on your behalf, the insurance company is likely to offer you the lowest possible settlement amount.
How is Compensation Determined?
Every case is different due to the wide array of injuries that can occur. Though the amount is usually determined by how severe the victim’s injuries were and the length of recovery.
If you were the victim of a rear-end collision, please contact us to discuss your case.