Rear end collisions are the most common type of vehicle accident. Statistics show that out of the ten most common types of car accidents, rear end collisions account for one third of all vehicle collisions every year. While these accidents can be mild and limited to only body damage, high speeds and dangerous driving can quickly turn the incident into a serious or even fatal tragedy.
Under California driving and insurance laws, drivers are presumed to have a duty not to hit the car in front of them. Therefore, rear end collisions attribute fault to the car whose front end was damaged and that driver's insurance usually covers the cost. There are few rare exceptions to this rule, such as cases where the rear ended car had created an unavoidable hazard and the driver behind had no other option.
The force of impact in a rear end accident often causes more injury to the rear ended car, which according to California's laws, is seldom thought to have caused the accident. That means that while the driver of the car behind is usually at fault for the accident, it is the occupants of the car in front that suffer the most damage. Injuries can range from mild to severe depending on the cars' speed at the time of the impact and often include:
Whiplash has been known to cause soft tissue injury and even traumatic brain injury in the form of concussion due to the rattling of the brain. Head injuries may be caused by airbag deployment or impact to a hard surface inside of the car. Major rear end accidents can also result in a car fire for the rear ending car whose engine may be damaged. This possibility could lead to burn injuries for the victims involved and bystanders surrounding the incident.
Rear end accident can also trigger multi-vehicle accidents if the event takes place on a highway or high speed road where surrounding cars are unable to respond in time. Pileups are notorious for being extremely damaging and cause many injuries, including those mentioned above.
Rear-end car accidents are most frequently attributed to negligent behavior on the part of the driver who rear-ended the back of the other vehicle. The driver may have been speeding or following too closely and may have therefore had inadequate time to brake or may have been distracted and therefore did not notice that traffic had slowed or stopped. Although the second driver is most often to blame, a rear-end accident may also be caused by recklessness or negligence on the part of the driver of the first car.
The driver may swerve suddenly in front of the second driver and brake suddenly, making it so even the most careful driver has insufficient time to react. A Santa Clarita car accident attorney at our law firm can help if you were involved in an accident of this kind. Whether you were the driver of the first or second vehicle or were a passenger in either vehicle, we can advise you of your legal rights and can get to work immediately in seeking the financial compensation you need for medical care, lost wages and other losses or injuries associated with the accident.
Because the driver of the rear-ending car is most commonly considered at fault for the accident, the driver of the other car is within his or her rights to make a claim for compensation. Damage to the car and injuries to the occupants of the rear-ended car can and should be compensated for by the driver responsible for the accident. Consulting a personal injury attorney in Santa Clarita before such claims are made can ensure that the compensation will be paid in the amount and form that is deserved by the victims of negligence.
At The Law Offices of Gerald L. Marcus, we believe in holding negligent and reckless drivers responsible for their conduct. We handle rear-end accident claims throughout the Santa Clarita area, including those that involve motorcycles, trucks and cars as well as any other type of motor vehicle. If you are interested in receiving a free, confidential consultation regarding your case, we welcome you to contact our offices at your earliest convenience. With a skilled lawyer at our firm to protect your interests and advise you of your options, you will have the chance to hold the responsible driver accountable for causing your rear-end accident. To begin the process of claiming what is rightfully yours, contact a Santa Clarita personal injury lawyer from our firm today!