Getting rear-ended is one of the most common ways to get into a car accident – accounting for about 40% of all US crashes. Though a fender bender may seem relatively benign, some rear-end accidents can cause serious injuries and inconveniences. These injuries often result in regular medical treatment, high medical bills, time missed from work, pain and suffering, among other damages. Frustratingly, most of these accidents could be prevented if people would drive more carefully.
If you’ve been injured in a rear-end accident due to another person’s negligence, you deserve financial compensation for the hardships you’re going through. A personal injury lawsuit can help hold negligent drivers responsible and provide the monetary assistance you need while you’re recovering from your injuries.
Examples Of Negligent Driving Leading To Rear-End Accidents
Most rear-end accidents involve two cars when the following car crashes its front end into the leading car’s bumper. In these situations, the following car is unable to stop in time and is usually at fault for causing the accident. The leading car is at fault in certain situations. For example, if a driver switches lanes without signaling and comes to a sudden stop, the car behind them could rear-end them.
Common causes of these accidents include:
- Tailgating – All motorists should allow sufficient space between them and the car in front of them. Generally speaking, a 3-second distance should be the minimum. If one car follows too closely and the leading car needs to stop suddenly, a rear-end accident could occur.
- Speeding – Sometimes, drivers accelerate too quickly after being stopped at a traffic light or intersection. If they speed up at a more rapid pace than the car in front of them, they could easily end up causing a rear-end accident.
- Distracted Driving – Distracted driving causes all types of car accidents, but it can especially impact a driver’s ability to stop in time. Taking 3 seconds to read a text may not seem like much, but that’s all it takes to cause an accident if you have to stop suddenly and don’t realize it in time.
- Adverse Road Conditions – When roads are covered in ice, snow, or rain, it’s important to give some extra space between you and the car in front of you. It takes longer to stop on slick surfaces. Some drivers don’t adjust their braking in these conditions, which often leads to rear-end accidents.
Engaging in any of these driving behaviors makes the road more dangerous for everyone and legally qualifies as negligence. When a negligent driver causes an accident, the other driver has the option to recover financial compensation in a personal injury lawsuit.
Common Rear-End Injuries
Rear-end collisions can cause several types of injuries which require extensive medical care and cause serious life disruptions.
Whiplash is a neck injury which occurs due to a sudden jerking motion of the head. This is one of the most common injuries suffered in rear-end collisions. Symptoms are often delayed and can take 24 hours or more to surface. Whiplash symptoms include:
- Neck pain and stiffness
- Shoulder pain
- Lower back pain
- Pain and numbness in arms and hands
- Concentration and memory problems
- Sleep problems and fatigue
Whiplash is often a nagging injury which can take weeks or months to heal.
Rear-end accidents involve sudden and jerky body movements, which often result in broken bones and fractures. Areas commonly affected include the face, hands, feet, spine, ribs, and teeth.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
In accidents involving head impacts, it’s possible for traumatic brain injuries to occur. When the head jerks forward after being rear-ended, sometimes there is an impact with the steering wheel, windows, deployed airbags, or loose objects which fly through the air during impact.
These injuries are very serious and often require long-term medical care. They also may have a delayed onset. Symptoms include chronic dizziness, slurred speech, and impaired memory.
Recovering After An Accident
Recovering after being injured in a rear-end collision is often difficult, painful, and frustrating. It involves frequent doctor’s visits, hospital stays, and disruptions to your personal and professional life. These injuries are especially aggravating if the accident occurred due to someone else’s careless driving.
Your insurance will likely cover a portion of your initial medical bills and damage to your vehicle, but these payments are insufficient for many victims. It’s often necessary to seek additional compensation once your policy cap limit has been reached. In these cases, a personal injury lawsuit can help hold the other driver liable for the damage they’ve caused and help you receive the compensation you need while you recovery from your injuries.
In a successful car accident lawsuit, you could recover compensation for the following damages:
- Medical expenses
- Past and future lost wages
- Loss of quality of life
- Pain and suffering
Every accident is unique, and it’s often necessary to have an experienced Queens car accident attorney to review your case to determine who was at fault. At Lipsig Queens, we’re happy to evaluate your situation in a free initial consultation and help you begin the process of fighting for the compensation you deserve.