Rear-End Collisions

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Rear-end collisions are some of the most common traffic accidents in the country. Unfortunately, these collisions are also some of the most common traffic-related injuries. That's because rear-end collisions usually result in a sudden stop, which can cause whiplash and other injuries to the neck, spine, and head.

At Jamie Casino Injury Attorneys, we understand how devastating rear-end collisions can be. When these accidents are caused by another driver's negligence, you deserve compensation for your damages. Our team is ready to help you get the settlement you deserve.

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Common Causes of Rear-End Collisions

A rear-end collision is a type of traffic accident that occurs when one vehicle crashes into the back of another vehicle. It typically happens when the following vehicle fails to maintain a safe distance or does not stop in time to avoid hitting the leading vehicle. Rear-end collisions are one of the most common types of road accidents, and they can range from minor fender benders to more serious collisions with significant damage and injuries.

Causes of rear-end collisions may include:

  • Tailgating: When a driver follows too closely behind the vehicle in front, they have less time to react if the leading vehicle slows down or stops suddenly.
  • Distracted driving: Activities such as texting, talking on the phone, adjusting the radio, or any other form of distraction can lead to delayed reaction times.
  • Speeding: Driving at excessive speeds reduces the time available to brake and avoid a collision.
  • Poor weather conditions: Rain, fog, ice, or snow can decrease traction and increase stopping distances, making rear-end collisions more likely.
  • Sudden stops: If the leading vehicle brakes abruptly, the following driver might not have enough time to react and stop in time.
  • Inadequate brake maintenance: Malfunctioning brakes can result in reduced stopping power and increase the risk of rear-end collisions.

The severity of injuries and damage in a rear-end collision can vary depending on factors such as vehicle speed, vehicle size, use of seatbelts, and the presence of safety features like airbags.

Who is Liable in a Rear-End Collision?

In a rear-end collision, liability (responsibility for the accident) is generally determined based on the principle of negligence. Negligence refers to the failure of a person to exercise the level of care that a reasonable person would have exercised in similar circumstances.

The following parties could potentially be held liable in a rear-end collision:

  • Driver of the Rear Vehicle: In most rear-end collisions, the driver of the vehicle that strikes the rear of another vehicle is considered at least partially at fault. This is because drivers have a duty to maintain a safe following distance and be attentive to the road conditions to avoid collisions.
  • Driver of the Front Vehicle: Although less common, the driver of the front vehicle may be held liable in certain circumstances. For example, if the front driver suddenly and unexpectedly slams on the brakes without a valid reason, it may be considered contributory negligence.
  • Shared Fault: Liability may be shared between both drivers in some cases. For instance, if the rear driver was following too closely, but the front driver made an abrupt lane change without signaling, both drivers might share responsibility for the collision.
  • Vehicle Manufacturer: In some rare instances, the vehicle manufacturer or a defective vehicle part may be deemed liable if the collision resulted from a mechanical failure or malfunction, such as brake failure.
  • Government Entities: If the collision was caused by a hazardous road condition or lack of proper road signage, the government entity responsible for road maintenance may be held liable.
  • Third-Party Entities: In certain situations, a third party might be found liable. For example, if the collision was caused by a pedestrian suddenly walking into the road, the pedestrian could be considered partially liable.

If you were involved in a rear-end collision and suffered injuries, you should know that you are entitled to compensation. At Jamie Casino Injury Attorneys, we can help you understand your legal options and hold the liable driver accountable.

Call (706) 719-7177 or contact us online to learn how we can help you!

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