Involved in a Rear-End Accident? Contact a Car Wreck Lawyer Los Angeles
It is not uncommon to hear others say that whoever rear-ends another driver will always be at fault. Although this holds in most rear-end accidents, that is not always the case. A rear-end collision is a traffic accident in which a driver crashes into the vehicle in front of them.
When it comes to establishing fault, rear-end disputes are the easiest of all motor vehicle accidents as there is more apparent evidence. Usually, it takes place at an intersection, at a stop sign, stoplight, or in traffic. At Grey Law, our Los Angeles rear-end accident attorney knows how common these types of accidents are and that serious injuries can arise from rear-end collisions.
COMMON REAR-END ACCIDENT INJURIES TO BE AWARE OF
A typical medical consequence of rear-end collisions, even in collisions at moderate speed, is whiplash. In more severe cases, permanent injuries may occur, such as:
- Soft tissue injuries
- Herniated disc
- Spinal damage
- Carpal tunnel injury
- Ankle and knee injuries
- Head injuries or whiplash
- Traumatic brain injury
When you get hurt the personal injury claim takes on a new meaning. You deserve maximum and fair compensation for your medical expenses, future medical treatment, rehabilitative care, emotional trauma, and other damages applicable to your accident. To do this, our firm must establish fault. Determination of fault in any type of accident is crucial to an auto accident lawyer in Los Angeles trying to compensate an injured party.
In what is known as fault states, California included, an injured party will sue the driver they believe is at fault for the accident. Either the driver or the driver’s insurance company could be responsible for damages to the injured party’s car, as well as medical expenses and monetary pain and suffering damages.
We always advise the injured party to avoid dealing with the at-fault driver’s insurance company directly to receive compensation for their injuries. Leave negotiations up with their car wreck attorney in Los Angeles.
EXAMPLES OF FAULT
Failure to yield the right of way
When someone fails to yield the right of way, they might irresponsibly pull out in front of you when you have the right of way. Across the U.S., any driver that fails to yield can be stopped by the police and issued a citation. If their inability to come to a complete stop resulted in a collision, you have every right to bring a claim against them for damages.
Cutting someone off or merging too close
When it comes to cutting someone off or merging too closely, it can be tricky to determine who is to blame for the accident. Several aspects can contribute to this, such as speed, the extent of traffic, and driving conditions.
Stopping too quickly or failing to maintain speed
When drivers get tailgated, many people get tempted to pump their brakes and scare the tailgater, but this is not a good idea. If the tailgater ends up rear-ending you, you can potentially be held at fault for stopping too quickly for no justified reason, and as a result, you can be held responsible for being rear-ended.
Driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol or texting behind the wheel can cause a life-threatening accident. In California, all drivers must operate using a reasonable amount of care on the road. With legal help from an accident lawyer in LA who is well-versed in auto accidents, we can investigate what occurred to hold all negligent persons responsible.
REAR-END ACCIDENTS HAPPEN MORE THAN YOU MIGHT THINK
Because rear-end accidents can be so complex, it is best to seek help from a legal professional who knows the ins and outs of these cases. For a better understanding of how devastating they can be, we break down a few statistics below:
- In 1999 more than 6 million motor vehicle accidents occurred on U.S. highways, killing over 41,000 people and injuring nearly 3.4 million others.
- Rear-end collisions accounted for almost one-third of these accidents (1.848 million) and 11.8 percent of multi-vehicle fatal accidents (1,923).
- Commercial vehicles were involved in 40 percent of these fatal rear-end collisions (770), even though commercial vehicles only comprised 3 percent of vehicles and 7 percent of miles traveled on the nation’s highways.
- Between 1993 and 1998, the percentage of rear-end collisions involving all vehicles increased by 19 percent.
- In 1999, 114 fatal accidents in work zones involved rear-end collisions. Of these, 71 crashes (62 percent) involved commercial vehicles.
California law presumes that every driver must adhere to the rules of the road and not hit the car in front of them. For that reason, the vehicle that does the “rear-ending” is usually found to be at fault in a rear-end accident. However, like most legal doctrines, there are exceptions to the rule. For example, if the “rear-ended” car creates a dangerous hazard that is impossible to avoid, the “rear-ender” may not be legally responsible for the accident.
LOS ANGELES REAR-END ACCIDENT ATTORNEY
If you were involved in a rear-end collision, a free case evaluation with an experienced Los Angeles personal injury attorney could help you to weigh all your legal options. The attorneys at Grey Law have over 35 years of experience handling rear-end accident cases and can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call our office today at 323-210-4504.