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Rear End Accident

Rear End Accident Lawyers

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Every year, nearly 2 million people are involved in rear-end collisions on America’s roadways. The majority of these accidents are fender benders occurring at slow speeds, but even these crashes can culminate in serious soft tissue injuries like whiplash that negatively impact health and quality of life.

Statistics indicate that the lion’s share of these collisions happen because the rear-ending motorist simply wasn’t paying attention to the road. When careless or distracted driving is to blame, victims have the right to sue for monetary damages. If you or a loved one was injured in a wreck and need to speak with a trusted rear end accident lawyer in Louisiana, Bart Bernard has convenient office locations in Baton Rouge, Lafayette and Lake Charles.

Rear end collision fault

Louisiana law presumes that all motorists must operate their vehicles in a safe manner, keeping a reasonable distance between their car and the one preceding them. If proper distance is not maintained between cars, the following vehicle is more likely to rear-end the other in the event of a sudden stop. For this reason, the rear-ending driver is nearly always at fault in such collisions. However, even the simplest of accidents caused by tailgating drivers can prove complicated at times, which underscores the need for an experienced car accident attorney who can demonstrate liability and seek fair compensation.

What causes most rear end accidents?

Rear-end collisions are commonly caused by the following factors:

  • Tailgating
  • Distracted driving (texting, grooming, adjusting radio, eating, etc.)
  • Speeding
  • Driver intoxication or impairment
  • Road defects
  • Poor weather conditions
  • Drowsy driving

Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates that nearly 80 percent of all rear-end accidents in the U.S. are attributed to driver distraction. In just a few seconds of misplaced attention behind the wheel, negligent drivers can cause life-changing harm.

Rear end accident: what to do afterwards

After being rearended, there are several steps you should take to preserve evidence:

  • Call 911 and report the rear end crash
  • Check for physical injuries on yourself and others involved
  • Get contact information of any witnesses
  • Exchange information with other vehicles involved
  • Take pictures and video of the accident scene
  • Seek medical attention even if you don’t appear injured
  • Report the accident to your insurance company
  • Schedule a consult with a car accident attorney
  • Refrain from signing any insurance claims until you have legal counsel
  • Keep a log of all documents related to the accident including the police report and all medical records, prescriptions and receipts

Common rear end collision injuries

The National Safety Council reports that one in five rear end collisions result in whiplash, a soft tissue injury that occurs when the neck and upper spine hyperflex beyond their normal range of motion and “snap” back.

Being rear-ended by another vehicle, particularly at low speeds, may not produce noticeable injuries at first. In some cases, victims may feel lightheaded, or notice neck stiffness or radiating shoulder pain in the days and weeks after the accident. For this reason, it’s vital to see a doctor immediately after the crash and get a comprehensive medical review.

Do whiplash injuries occur in low-speed rear impacts?

Yes, even severe whiplash injuries can result from low speed rear-end accidents, when the following vehicle is traveling 25 mph or less.

How do you know if you have a whiplash injury?

Symptoms of whiplash typically develop within 24-48 hours of the injury, and may include:

  • Sudden stiffness and pain around the neck
  • Reduced range of motion in the neck
  • Discomfort when moving the neck
  • Headache
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Dizziness
  • Visual disturbances
  • Pain that radiates to the shoulders and arms
  • Memory problems

After any type of car crash, it’s imperative to get a prompt and accurate medical diagnosis, so doctors can identify traumatic injury and prescribe correct treatment and therapy.

What is the average value of a rear end collision settlement?

Insurance adjustors look at a variety of factors when analyzing rear end collision damage and appropriate compensation amounts. Unfortunately, they do not often take into account the emotional suffering and substantial financial burdens incurred by car accident victims. It’s precisely situations like these when partnering with a skilled attorney can make all the difference in the world.

Your lawyer will present evidence that speaks to the nature and severity of your injuries and economic losses, thereby increasing the value of your claim. In general, rear end accident compensation is higher in cases where the plaintiff suffered lasting or permanent injuries that diminish quality of life, or in cases where extensive hospitalization and surgery were required. Some of the larger rear-end accident settlements are seen in cases involving “hard” injuries such as fractured bones, rather than whiplash or soft tissue injuries that are more challenging to back up.

Rear ended? How a crash attorney can help

To discuss your potential rear end car accident lawsuit with an attorney who cares about his clients and has a proven track record of success, we invite you to contact The Personal Injury Law Office of Bart Bernard. Whether you suffered whiplash or another type of harm, we promise to fight for fair compensation that accounts for lost wages, medical and hospital expenses, future loss of earnings, emotional trauma, permanent disability and other non-economic damages.

Schedule your free case review with a leading rear end collision lawyer today.

Rear end accident lawsuit resources

  1. The Washington Post – There are about 1.7 million rear-end collisions on U.S. roads each year. Here’s how to stop them. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/dr-gridlock/wp/2015/06/08/there-are-about-1-7-million-rear-end-collisions-on-u-s-roads-each-year-heres-how-to-stop-them/
  2. Patientinfo, Whiplash Injury http://patient.info/health/whiplash-neck-sprain
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