A rear-end collision occurs when one automobile strikes another from behind. A large percentage of accidents that happen around the country are rear-end collisions. In New York, where congestion and traffic are everyday realities, the chances of rear-end collisions are even higher.
Rear-end collision are often caused by carelessness and drivers simply not paying attention. Other common causes of rear-end collisions include:
- Driving aggressively
- Weather conditions
- Poor vehicle maintenance
- Driving while distracted
- Road rage
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Driving while fatigued
Who is at fault?
In most personal injury cases, the plaintiff is expected to prove the defendant acted negligently. However, rear-end collision cases are unique because the driver who crashes into the car from behind is usually presumed to be at fault because he or she did not keep a safe following distance. Drivers are expected to follow at an appropriate speed and maintain enough distance between their vehicle and the car in front of them to avoid an accident in case a sudden stop is made. When they fail to do so, they are at fault.
Common injuries suffered from rear-end collisions
Compensation for rear-end collisions depends on the damage to the vehicle and the seriousness of the injuries sustained to the passengers. Although it is common for rear-end collisions to result in little damage to the vehicles (“fender bender”) and no visible injuries, internal bleeding, as well as head, neck, shoulder and back injuries caused from whiplash are common injuries associated with rear-end collisions. The symptoms of these injuries are not always present immediately after the accident, but if left untreated lifelong chronic pain can develop.
That’s why it is important to see a doctor immediately after your accident, even if you think you are fine. It’s also important to contact a rear-end collision attorney in the Bronx. Having an experienced lawyer on your side can help you navigate the complexities of the legal system and receive the compensation you deserve.
Experienced rear-end collision attorneys in the Bronx
When you suffer injury in a rear-end accident, the Law Offices of Evan W. Kohn can help get you the fair compensation you deserve from insurance companies and at-fault drivers. Contact us online or call 718-409-5500 to schedule a free consultation today. Se habla español.