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The National Transportation Safety Board reports that approximately 1.8 million rear-end car accidents occur each year, causing one-third of all car accidents. Close to 2,000 people die in rear-end collisions annually. The majority of these crashes can be traced to driver inattention. At Stein & Shulman, LLC, our Chicago automobile accident attorneys understand that rear-end collisions can result in serious injuries and considerable property damage. Our firm fights to see that our injured clients receive the compensation they deserve for their injuries and associated losses.
Causes of Rear-end Accidents
There are many potential causes of rear-end accidents, but there are some common scenarios that cause these accidents with regularity. These include:
- Inattentiveness on the part of the following driver
- Following too closely
- Failure to see the car ahead stop or slow
- Foot slipping off the brake while stopping
- Driver distraction
- Excessive speed that results in the inability to stop in time
- Poor road conditions, including rain or snow
- Accelerating too fast from a stop
- Sudden stopping on the part of the lead car that leaves the following driver without time to stop
- Poor visibility, especially due to fog
Rear-end Accident Injuries
Depending upon the speed involved and other relevant factors, a rear-end accident can result in serious injuries. The most common injuries overall are soft tissue injuries. Whiplash, a painful neck injury, is caused by the jerking motion of the head and neck that will often happen during a rear-end accident, even one at low speed. Whiplash results in considerable neck pain and a limited range of motion. Rear-end crashes can also inflict head injuries when the driver or passenger’s head hits the dash or seat in front. Depending on the severity of the head injury, long term disability could result.
It is important that anyone involved in a rear-end crash who may have suffered injuries seek prompt medical attention. Neck and head injuries can especially be difficult to detect in the immediate aftermath of the crash. Look for potential signs of a serious injury, which may include blurred vision, headaches, pain, and more.
Fault in Rear-end Accidents
In the majority of rear-end accidents, the driver of the second or the following vehicle will be considered at least partially at-fault. This is because all drivers have a duty to maintain a safe following distance to allow cars in front to stop or slow as necessary. Leaving a safe following distance is essential to preventing rear-end and other serious accidents. When a rear-end crash occurs, it is generally presumed that the second or rear-ending car did not leave enough following distance and is therefore at least partially responsible for the crash.
This is not to say, however, that the lead car always avoids liability. In certain scenarios, the second car may be partially or even entirely at-fault for the crash. If the front car acted in a negligent manner, which could include reversing suddenly or not having working brake lights, this car might be held accountable for a percentage of fault. Your attorney will review the facts of your rear-end accident to inform you as to your legal rights.
Compassionate and Experienced Legal Representation
Rear-end accidents happen suddenly, but can have long term effets. If you have been injured in a rear-end car accident, our experienced Chicago Automobile Accident Attorneys at Stein & Shulman, LLC are here to help. Our firm has handled all manner of injury and accident cases, achieving over 40 million in settlements and verdicts for our valued clients. Contact us today for a free consultation with one of our experienced car accident lawyers at (312) 422-0500 or by filling out a free contact form online.