Any driver involved in a rear-end collision can be found liable for causing the accident. While it is true that in many cases, accidents are caused by drivers who are following too closely or become distracted, the driver in front can also be found just as liable.
Unfortunately, these cases can sometimes be hard to prove. Some victims choose to turn to personal injury lawyers in these cases so they can do an investigation and prove how the accident actually played out. By calling upon forensic experts (including accident reconstruction specialists), the science behind the accident can reveal who truly caused the collision to occur.
For example (to display who is at-fault in a rear-end collision), if the car in front slammed on their brakes in the middle of the highway for no reason, the evidence at the scene may reveal that the driver from behind had no other choice but to strike the car—based on the speeds displayed.
Further, eyewitness testimony may be helpful in these cases, alongside any potential video evidence from surveillance cameras. It is also possible to pull cell phone records that may show that one of the drivers was distracted when the accident occurred. Each accident is viewed on a case by case basis, especially if one of the drivers is injured and chooses to seek legal action against the liable party.
Some Reasons that Rear-End Collisions Occur
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Many rear-end accidents are caused by some form of negligence, such as driving while intoxicated, speeding, distracted driving, and more. Unfortunately, these accidents happen with great frequency throughout the United States. In fact, according to The Washington Post reporting, the National Transportation Safety Board there are about 1.7 million rear-end collisions every year.
While many of these accidents are harmless, rear-end collisions can also be extremely dangerous. The Insurance Information Institute (III) estimates that 36,120 people died in motor vehicle accidents in 2019 alone. In 2017, it was shown that nearly 2,500 fatal crashes occurred from rear-end collisions. It is an unfortunate fact that thousands of people lose their lives every year when drivers act negligently on the roadways.
Other common causes for rear-end collisions may include:
- Texting and driving or otherwise becoming distracted—which includes generally not paying attention: eating behind the wheel, arguing with passengers, tuning the radio, and more
- Poor response to weather conditions
- Faulty brakes or mechanical failure
- Driving while fatigued, which is a cause of many trucking accidents
- Speeding or other forms of reckless driving, such as trying to quickly maneuver around the stopped car
- Traffic or other causes for sudden starts and stops
- And more
How Victims Can Pursue Compensation After an Accident
Any injuries occurring in motor vehicle accidents can result in compensation for your pain and suffering. In the case of rear-end collisions, potential injuries may include cuts, bruises, and scrapes. Serious ailments like traumatic brain injuries (TBI), whiplash, broken bones, and more are also possible, though.
Some victims will choose to file on their own through their insurance companies. Others turn to personal injury lawyers so they can rest easy knowing they have legal counsel working for them while they recover.
Attorneys Fighting for Victims’ Compensation in Rear-End Collision Cases
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A personal injury lawyer will use their knowledge and network of resources to attempt to prove who is at fault in a rear-end collision. Here at Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers, we will take a close look at your case. If we cannot reach a settlement with the parties responsible for your pain and suffering, we will fight to prove liability in a court of law. If the other party is found to be responsible through some form of negligence, you may be eligible for compensation for any mental, physical, and financial suffering you have had to endure.
To learn more about the legal process in personal injury cases, call a Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers team member today at (337) 777-7777 for your free consultation. We are prepared to do the following for your case:
- Collect and analyze evidence that supports your testimony
- Speak with you so that you understand all your legal options
- Protect your rights throughout the legal process
- Fight to keep your case within the relevant statutes of limitations
- Handle all communication with the defendant and insurance companies
- File paperwork with the appropriate parties
- Update you at every stage of the case
- Make ourselves available to you via phone, internet, and in-person
- Complete a free case evaluation when you first contact us