Who is at Fault For a Rear-End Collision?
Posted June 16th, 2023.
Some people think of rear-end collisions as minor accidents, but they can cause serious injuries and extensive property damage. If you or a loved one were harmed in a rear-end collision and you believe that the accident only occurred due to the negligence of the other driver involved, you may want to pursue compensation. A Cherry Hill personal injury attorney from our law firm can help you do that.
What Factors Affect Fault in a Rear-End Collision?
Much of the time, the rear driver is considered to be at fault when a rear-end collision occurs. It is commonly assumed that they were speeding or not giving the cars ahead of them enough room.
The rear driver is not always at fault though. Lead drivers can also engage in bad behavior that makes the road more dangerous. We have seen more than a few cases where a lead driver “brake checks” the rear driver or has a malfunctioning brake light. The driver who gets rear-ended can easily be at fault.
What Injuries Are Common in a Rear-End Collision?
Rear-end collisions can cause minor and serious injuries. Victims often suffer from:
- Cuts and scrapes
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injury
- Traumatic brain injury
The most insidious injury might be whiplash. When you get into a rear-end collision, your neck can whip back and forth quickly. This can hurt your neck, head, and back, and it can continue to cause pain for months or even years after an accident. Whiplash can also be hard to diagnose. This is why it is so important to get medical care after an accident, even if you do not feel like you are seriously injured.
How Can a Car Accident Lawyer Help Me?
Hiring an experienced car accident lawyer is not mandatory, but one can help you in a variety of ways. Your attorney can:
Start the legal process: You have just two years to file a personal injury case in the state of New Jersey. Your attorney will make sure that you do not miss your chance to pursue compensation by filing your suit as soon as possible.
Fight for fair compensation: That first settlement offer from an insurance company is rarely enough. Your lawyer will help you fight for compensation that can make up for medical bills, lost wages, and any pain and suffering you experienced as a result of this accident.
Communicate on behalf of you and your loved ones: Your lawyer can do all of the talking for you so that you do not have to worry about saying something that could be interpreted as admitting fault.
Defend you from any accusations: Your attorney will defend you from any accusations that you did something wrong and contributed to the accident.
Call Our Law Firm Today
If you believe that you have a personal injury suit on your hands, you need to reach out to the Law Offices of Mark S. Guralnick. We can schedule a consultation and tell you more about the potential value of your case and what our legal team can do to help you.