Rear-end collision accidents occur when a car closes the tailgate in front of it. In most cases, rear-end collisions occur when the guilty driver doesn’t pay enough attention to the road.
While this is often the reason for rear-end collisions, other reasons also apply.
Injuries sustained in this type of accident can be very serious. As a result, they cost the victim dearly in terms of injuries sustained, piles of medical bills to deal with, and possibly lost income.
If you or your loved one have suffered injuries resulting from a rear-end collision, you should hire a personal injury attorney.
If the accident was caused by the negligence of the driver behind you, you want to be able to claim compensation for your injuries.
The lawyers at Oshan and staff have served clients in the New York and Seattle areas for decades.
We seek justice for our clients with an aggressiveness born of compassion for their pain and suffering. We understand what it means to be uncomfortable with your hurts and the feelings of helplessness and anger that come with them.
We understand how these feelings are compounded by the knowledge that you have been hurt as a result of someone else’s negligence. With that understanding, we will fight for you and make sure you get the compensation you deserve.
Common causes of rear-end collisions and injuries that can be caused by them
The leading cause of rear-end collisions is negligence – either the driver in front or the driver in back. Cases where driver negligence occurs include:
- Stop for no reason
- Driving while intoxicated/impaired by alcohol or drugs
- Exit in front of another vehicle
- Drive backwards without looking behind
- I couldn’t see a car stop in front of me
- Tailgating and not leaving enough room
- Drive up close
- Driving distracted
- Excessive speed or reckless driving
- Drive while you are tired or sleepy
- Drive a broken vehicle
- Driving in bad weather
Injuries sustained in a rear-end collision include:
- neck injury
- Spinal cord and spinal cord injuries lead to paraplegia or quadriplegia
- broken bones
- Head trauma including concussions
What you should do if you are involved in a rear-end collision
After a rear-end collision, you should do the following:
- Call 911 and wait for the police and medical staff to arrive.
- Document the scene of the accident. This includes pictures of your car and the damage to it, your car’s position in relation to the other vehicle, and any skid marks or debris from the collision.
- Get checked for injuries even if you don’t feel hurt. Sometimes your injuries are not immediately obvious and you may not know you have them. An example of such injuries is whiplash, the symptoms of which usually do not appear until about forty-eight hours later. However, the effects can last for a while.
- Give the police a statement about the accident and ask if you can get a copy of the police report.
- Exchange contact information with the other party involved in the accident
- Get the contact information of all witnesses.
- Make sure you don’t apologize or admit guilt as this can later be used against you in court.
- Contact your insurance company.
- Hire a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Make sure you don’t talk to an insurance agent or attorney for the other party without your attorney’s attorney.
Compensation for rear-end collision accidents in New York
New York is a no-fault state. This means that regardless of who is at fault in a traffic accident, you cannot hold the other party liable for the accident. Therefore, up to a point, your compensation must come from your insurance company.
If the cost of medical bills and property damage repairs exceed an amount, you can sue the other driver and have their insurance company compensate you. This is one of the areas where we can help you.
Be it your insurance company indemnifying you or that of the other party, we will make your claim for you.