A rear-end collision occurs when one car strikes collides into the back of another car. This often happens when one car is stopped at an intersection and the other car approaches too quickly. It can also happen when both cars are moving and the lead car stops suddenly (this can happen when the rear driver follows too close to the front car), which can then result in a chain reaction car accident with the cars following the secondary car crashing into the secondary car because they are also unable to stop in time.
A rear-end automobile collision occurs when one vehicle strikes the other vehicle directly from behind. This typically occurs when one driver is following too closely to the other car and driving too fast. A sudden stop may result in the rear car striking the other car, oftentimes causing injury to the driver and passengers in the front car.
Rear-end collisions can be dangerous because they can result in injuries such as whiplash and other head/neck/spinal injuries. They can also cause multiple "pile-up" accidents where one car continues to hit the other car in front of it in a "domino" effect.
Common causes rear-end automobile collisions include the following:
While a majority of rear-end the rear driver causes accidents, this is not always the case. In some instances, the lead car may have been driving below the legal speed limit, or may have been stopped dangerously in a place where they should not be stopped. So, proving fault in a rear-end accident can involve:
For instance, skid marks can often prove at what distance a car stopped, and whether or not they were traveling too fast.
Legal remedies for rear-end collisions usually include some type of monetary damages award. These monetary damage costs may include:
Rear-end collisions lawsuits need to be filed in a timely manner after the accident occurs and before the statute of limitations has expired. If a party waits too long in bringing a lawsuit, they may risk missing important filing deadlines, as the statute of limitations will run.
The people involved in the lawsuit should also compile important information related to the accident, including names, contact info of parties, descriptions of the event, and any testimony of witnesses. Providing pictures and/or video of the accident can also provide much needed evidence for the lawsuit.
In additions, there can be many different parties involved in the rear-end collisions especially when there are multiple cars that were damaged because of the collision. These can include insurance companies, other injured parties, automobile mechanics, and car manufacturers.
There are times when rear-end collisions occur because there was another driver at fault which caused you to rear-end another car. In this situation, the driver would be released from liability if they can prove that they were not at fault. Some rear-end collision defenses may include:
Rear end accidents can sometimes be difficult to sort out, especially if there are multiple drivers and passengers involved. You may wish to hire an experienced personal injury lawyer who can help you file your case and guide you through the process. Your attorney will be able to provide you with advice and legal arguments to help you obtain the appropriate legal remedy for your circumstances.
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