Rear-end collisions can happen in the blink of an eye. If someone is following another vehicle too closely, a rear-end collision can result from a sudden or even a normal stop in traffic. Many people think rear-end collisions are just minor fender benders. While this may be the case for some rear-end collisions, other rear-end collisions can result in serious injuries and even fatalities.
If you were hurt in a rear-end collision, you could be entitled to compensation from the responsible party for the damages you sustained. A New Orleans rear-end collisions lawyer from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers may be able to help you fight for compensation.
Call Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers today at (504) 777-7777 for a free case review with a member of our team.
Causes of Rear-End Collisions
According to Louisiana Revised Statutes (RS) §32:81, drivers must leave a “reasonable and prudent” distance between themselves and the car in front of them. In many rear-end accidents, this law may establish the fault of the rear driver.
Other types of traffic law violations or negligent behaviors that can cause a rear-end collision and establish liability may include:
Speeding can cause a rear-end collision because it can increase the distance required for a vehicle to come to a complete stop.
Road rage can be very dangerous. An enraged driver may intentionally strike or ram a vehicle in front of them.
There are many different possible distractions when driving. People often get in the habit of texting, eating, drinking, or talking on the phone while operating their vehicles. Even a few seconds of distracted driving could cause a rear-end accident.
Failure to Adjust to Weather Conditions
Some people may blame the weather conditions for their rear-end collision. However, people are responsible for taking weather into account when they are driving. If the road is slick, drivers should increase their following distance in order to have more time to stop.
If you suspect that another party’s negligence caused your rear-end collision, call Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers today at (504) 777-7777. Our team provides free case reviews to New Orleans car accident victims.
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Common Injuries from Rear-End Collisions
Even low speed rear-end collisions can cause serious injuries. Possible injuries in a rear-end accident include:
Whiplash is a common injury in rear-end collisions. Whiplash occurs when a person is thrown forward suddenly. This motion can whip the head forward, which can strain the neck, causing whiplash. Whiplash can cause long-lasting discomfort and neck pain.
The impact of a rear-end accident may cause traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).
Back and Spine Injuries
A rear-end accident can cause your spine and back to move in unnatural ways. Back and spine injuries may require surgery and can cause serious mobility issues.
Bruising is a common car accident injury. Victims can experience bruising from hitting the seatbelt, the dashboard, or even the windshield during a collision.
Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers recommends that you see a doctor as soon as possible after your accident for a thorough examination. This can help you treat your injuries and create evidence in your medical record that they were caused by the collision.
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Potentially Recoverable Damages in a Rear-End Collision Case
In general, if you can prove another party’s liability for your accident, the following damages may be available in a personal injury claim:
If you suffered injuries in your accident, your medical bills may be piling up. Even minor injuries could require medical treatment. You may be able to recover compensation for all of your accident-related medical care costs. This may include your future medical expenses, such as ongoing rehabilitation, physical therapy, medication needs, and more.
Loss of Income
If you were injured in a car accident, you may have missed time from work during your recovery. This may qualify you to recover compensation for any lost wages or benefits.
You may also be compensated for a decrease in salary if you had to change careers due to your injuries. For example, if you had a manual labor job but sustained severe back injuries, you may have to switch to a less physical job.
A rear-end collision can cause significant damage to any vehicle. Depending on how badly your vehicle was damaged, you could be compensated for the repairs, or you could be compensated for a new vehicle. You may also be compensated for any other property damages you sustained in the accident.
Pain and Suffering
Pain and suffering is any physical or mental distress your accident has put you through.
These are not the only potentially available damages in a rear-end collision case. A New Orleans rear-end collisions lawyer from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers can help you identify your damages and estimate their value when we represent you.
Contact Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers Today
If you qualify, a New Orleans rear-end collisions lawyer from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers can manage all of the legal work in your case while you focus on your recovery. We may be able to:
- Investigate your accident, identify the liable party, and collect evidence in your defense
- Communicate with all parties on your behalf
- File your insurance claim and/or personal injury lawsuit
- Negotiate for a settlement offer
- Take your case to trial
We urge you to act quickly after your accident, as Louisiana Civil Code (CC) §3492 sets a general one-year statute of limitations on personal injury lawsuits in Louisiana.
For a free case review with a member of our team, call Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers today at (504) 777-7777. We may be able to offer you representation on a contingency-fee-basis with no advanced payments required. Instead, our attorney fees would come as a percentage of your settlement offer or court award, if and when you win your case.