What To Do After A Rear-End Car Accident
Statistics show that rear-end car accidents are the most common type of motor vehicle collisions in the U.S., accounting for up to 2 million car crashes in our country each year.
Although injuries caused by rear-end accidents vary from minor to life-threatening, and some even lead to death, it does not change the fact that hundreds of thousands of Americans get injured in this avoidable type of car crash every single year.
In recent years, an increasing number of rear-end accidents have been caused by motorists distracted by their cell phones while operating a motor vehicle. Also, interestingly, a large percentage of rear-end collisions in Los Angeles County and across Orange County occur during morning and evening rush hour, because peak times see a sharp increase in distracted and reckless motorists who fail to maintain a safe distance in an attempt to get to their destination faster.
Is The Driver In The Back Always To Blame For A Rear-End Accident?
Rear-end accidents need no introduction. Everyone has witnessed them on our roads and highways, and many have been involved in these accidents. Contrary to the popular belief, the driver in the back is not always to blame for causing a rear-end car accident despite the fact that in general, it is the responsibility of the driver in the back to drive safely and defensively in order to slow down and stop his or her vehicle in time to avoid colliding with the vehicle in front.
However, let’s also not forget that California law determines liability by evaluating whether the at-fault party’s actions were reasonable for his or her particular situation. Our experienced rear-end car accident attorney at The Hayes Law Firm explains that it will be determined whether another reasonable and prudent motorist would have done something differently in the same situation when establishing fault in a rear-end collision.
For example, the driver in the back could not have been reasonably expected to avoid colliding with the rear end of the front vehicle if the latter failed to use turn signals, improperly merged into his/her lane, or stopped the vehicle abruptly.
Liability For A Rear-End Car Accident
More often than not, when you are represented by a skilled car accident lawyer you will be able to prove the other party’s fault and recover maximum compensation even if the driver who rear-ended you is trying to shift the blame on to you.
In many cases, both parties may be held liable for the rear-end accident, because California follows the system of pure comparative negligence. For example, if you forgot to use turn signals when merging into the other motorist’s lane and the other motorist exceeded the posted speed limit, which resulted in his vehicle rear-ending yours, liability for the crash may be split 50-50, depending on the circumstances of this particular case.
As a result, the total amount of your damages and losses suffered due to the rear-end car accident will be cut by 50 percent.
Why You Need A Rear-End Car Accident Attorney By Your Side
Rear-end accidents are usually responsible for the following types of injuries:
- Back and neck injury
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Spinal cord injury
- Broken bones
Do not be quick to accept an initial settlement offer from insurance companies. You may have heard this before, but this is especially true for rear-end car accidents. That’s because in many cases, the real extent of injuries suffered in a rear-end crash can take days or even weeks to manifest, and insurers know it better than anyone else.
To Discuss Your Situation, Call Today
That’s why it is highly advised to (a) seek medical attention at the scene of your rear-end accident no matter how minor your injury may seem, and (b) speak to a rear-end accident lawyer from The Hayes Law Firm. Schedule a free consultation by calling our law firm at 323-693-1052 today.