Car Accident Attorneys
Did another driver plow into your vehicle from behind, perhaps having not seen that they were approaching a red light intersection? Were you rear-ended by a hit and run driver? Or maybe your driver was uninsured?
You should be fully compensated for the damages that their negligence has caused. Casey Law Office, S.C. and our personal injury lawyers can bring 25+ years of legal experience to your case, pushing forward for maximized compensation while you sit back, relax, and recuperate.
What Causes Most Rear-End Accidents?
When a motorist crashes into the backside of another vehicle, it is often assumed that they are mostly or entirely liable for the car accident. Assumptions are not proof, however, and evidence still must be collected to create a viable personal injury claim. Investigations typically start with determining what caused the collision. Our personal injury lawyer can help you understand the source of your accident.
Causes of many rear-end accidents include:
- Distracted driving: Drivers who choose to use their cellphones or focus on talking to passengers while driving are willingly taking their attention from the road around them. Many rear-end collisions occur at red light intersections after a driver fails to see the traffic light and all of the cars stopped there.
- Drunk driving: Intoxicated driving is always a recipe for disaster. Alcohol in a person’s system limits their ability to see clearly, think quickly, and react even faster. If police discover that the driver that hit you was drunk at the time, use their statements as powerful evidence in your case.
- Tailgating: Rookie or inconsiderate drivers have a tendency of following the cars in front of them far too closely. If the lead car has to hit the brakes suddenly to stop an accident, the tailgater will crash right into them.
- Speeding: Driving faster than the posted speed limits greatly increases the chances of causing a rear-end accident. Those odds are increased even more if the negligent driver has poor brakes in their vehicle, or if weather conditions have caused the roads to be slippery or visibility to decrease.
- Defective brakes: In some cases, brake failures may be the cause of a rear end accident. If this is the case, you may be able to seek compensation from the manufacturer of the defective brakes.
- Faulty brake lights: Whether the other driver's brake lights were defective or the owner of the car failed to replace them, you may be able to hold the other drive liable for negligence.
How to Identify Fault in a Rear End Crash
Rear end crashes may seem pretty straightforward - in most cases the driver who rear ended the car in the front is usually liable. But this is not true for every situation. Depending on the unique circumstances of your accident, fault may be on the driver in the back, the driver in the front, or both drivers may share varying degrees of fault.
To determine who is at fault in a rear end crash, we must establish negligence and whether a driver failed to act in a reasonable manner.
When the Driver in the Back May Be Negligent
The driver in the back is almost always partially negligent because all drivers are responsible for maintaining a safe distance and anticipating a slowdown or sudden stop in traffic. If you fail to do so, then you bear some degree of fault when a crash occurs.
When the Driver Who Is Rear Ended May Be Negligent
The driver in the front can be responsible for the crash if he or she:
- Reverses suddenly
- Suddenly brakes without a valid reason
- Failed to fix brake lights
- Knowingly drives with a flat tire without turning on hazard lights
You Need Compensation – We Want to Get It For You
Depending on the speed the liable driver was travelling before crashing into the back of your car, the damage could be moderate or severe.
You may need:
- Hospitalization for broken bones
- Rehabilitation for whiplash
- And prescription medication for the pain
Repairing your car can be costly or impossible; your insurance company might not give you enough to take care of it. When the damages start adding up, you should pick up the phone and dial (414) 272-5564 to reach our firm’s personal injury attorneys. We are dedicated to our clients’ recovery, first and foremost, and will use the best of our abilities to prove it to you.