New York Attorneys Helping Clients Hurt in Collisions

Rear-end collisions occur any time the front of one vehicle collides with the back of another. These crashes are among the most common types of car accidents. Whether it's a low-speed fender-bender or a high-speed rear-end collision, there is the potential for devastating injuries that can result in chronic pain or even long-term disabilities.

If you've been injured in a rear-end collision, you may have questions about paying medical expenses and other financial burdens. In such circumstances, it's important to get the counsel and guidance of an experienced NYC car accident lawyer who can help you better understand your legal rights and options.

Contact Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP at (212) 986-7353.

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Injuries Suffered in Rear-End Collisions

The severity of the injuries suffered in a rear-end collision depends on the speed the vehicles were traveling at the time of the crash, the size of the vehicles, the effectiveness of the safety features in the vehicles, and if people were wearing seatbelts. Drivers in rear vehicles often suffer traumatic head injuries while occupants in front vehicles are prone to soft tissue neck and back injuries. Some rear-end accidents even result in paralysis because of the damage sustained to the neck and spinal cord.

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Causes of Rear-End Car Accidents

It is a common assumption that the driver in the rear vehicle is always at fault. That is because most rear-end collisions can be prevented by leaving more space or by applying the brakes faster. But, each collision is different and happens in a unique set of circumstances. Here are a few examples of driver negligence that can lead to a rear-end collision:

  • Distracted driving: Drivers often fail to notice changes in the flow of traffic while sending a text or making a call on the cell phone. A rear-end collision can even occur when a driver bends down to pick up something or turns to talk to a passenger.
  • Speeding: It is more difficult to avoid a rear-end collision when you're traveling at an unsafe speed.
  • Dangerous lane changes: Some rear-end collisions are the direct result of drivers attempting to change lanes without checking their surroundings or the flow of traffic.
  • Tailgating or following too closely: It is always advisable to leave enough room between vehicles so you have enough time to stop. It is especially important to leave more space in bad weather, such as when the roadway is slick or icy.

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Attorneys Recovering Compensation for Victims in New York

If you or a loved one has been injured in a rear-end collision, make sure you remain at the crash site and notify the authorities. After taking photos, gathering contact information and seeking out medical attention, make sure you research your legal rights and options.

With the help of an experienced New York personal injury attorney, you may be able to receive financial compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, loss of earning potential, pain and suffering, and other related damages.

Call a New York rear end car accident attorney at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP at (212) 986-7353 for a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation.

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Our Car Accident Case Results

$8.3 Million - New York State Record-Setting Verdict for Single Level Cervical Discectomy

Pursuant to the New York Jury Verdict Reporter, WRSH partner Frank J. Lombardo obtained the highest recorded verdict in the State of New York for a single level cervical discectomy.

Frank Lombardo

$6.2 Million - Intersection Accident

Andrea V. Borden was able to obtain a jury verdict in the amount of $6.2 million on behalf of our client, a 60-year-old Brooklyn woman involved in a motor vehicle accident.

Andrea Borden

$5.5 Million - New York Motor Vehicle Accident

WRSH partner Bryce Moses obtained a verdict in the amount of $5,500,000 for our client who was exiting the Staten Island Expressway when her motor vehicle was struck by a Con Edison van.

Bryce Moses

$4.9 Million - NY Car Accident Injury

Our client, a man in his 30s, was standing next to the rear of a truck while working as an assistant mover, when the defendant driver struck a middle car in the rear and propelled it into our client.

Philip Russotti

$3.5 Million - Young Woman Run Over By Garbage Truck

Bryce Moses represented a young woman who was run over by a garbage truck in Brooklyn that shattered her ankle in three places.

Bryce Moses

$3.3 Million - Client Struck By Van While On a Scooter

Partner Jason Rubin obtained a large settlement for a man who was injured after being struck by a van while on a scooter.

Jason Rubin

$3 Million - NY Motor Vehicle Accident

Joseph Stoduto and Cliff Shapiro were able to obtain a settlement in the amount of $3,000,000 on behalf of a forty-five year old man from Queens who suffered injuries to his neck and lower back in a crash.

Joseph Stoduto, Clifford Shapiro

$2.9 Million - NY Access-A-Ride Van Accident

WRSH attorney settled the case of our client who was hit by an Access-A-Ride van after mediation and before trial for $2.9 million dollars.

Joseph Stoduto

$2.8 Million - Three Car Auto Accident in NY

WRSH Partner obtained a $2.8 million settlement during trial for our client who was involved in a 3 car accident. The plaintiff was struck twice from behind in a rear-end collision involving two vehicles.

WRSH LLP

$2.75 Million - NY Intersection Car Accident

Phil Russotti and Kenneth Halperin obtained a settlement for our client in the amount of $2,750,000, in this case in which the plaintiff's motor vehicle was struck in the rear.

Philip Russotti, Kenneth Halperin

$2.75 Million - Rear-end Van Accident in Queens

Douglas Milch obtained a large settlement for a group of individuals injured in a van accident in Queens on the Grand Central Parkway.

Douglas Milch

$2.5 Million - Auto vs. Pedestrian Accident in New York

Phil Russotti obtained a 2.5 million dollar settlement for a 57 year old man who was struck by a car while walking his dog on the side of a roadway that did not have sidewalks.

Philip Russotti

$2.5 Million - New York Motor Vehicle Accident

Kenneth Halperin obtained a combined settlement in the amount of $2,500,000 for a 66 year old woman and her 32 year old daughter who were injured in a motor vehicle accident.

Kenneth Halperin

$2.5 Million - Man Struck By Car Walking Dog

Phil Russotti obtained a 2.5 million dollar settlement for a 57 year old man who was struck by a car while walking his dog on the side of a roadway that did not have sidewalks.

Philip Russotti

$2.281 Million - Van Rear-Ended by Tractor-Trailer

William Hepner obtained a substantial settlement at mediation for a girl who was 8 years old when the van she was in was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer carrying a load of fuel.

William Hepner

$2.25 Million - Permanent Injuries from Rear-end Accident In The Bronx

Paul Cordella recently settled a case for a client who sustained permanent neck and back injuries after being rear-ended in the Bronx.

Paul Cordella

$2 Million - Intersection Accident in Brooklyn

WRSH attorneys Joseph Stoduto and Andrea Borden were able to obtain a recovery after trial in the amount of $2,000,000 on behalf of our client, a 60-year-old housekeeper from Kings County.

Joseph Stoduto

$2 Million - NY Rear-End Accident

WRSH attorneys Joseph Stoduto and Kenneth Halperin were able to obtain a settlement in the amount of $2,000,000 on behalf of our client, a 40-year-old woman from Kings County.

Joseph Stoduto, Kenneth Halperin

$2 Million - New York Rear-End Collision

WRSH attorneys Joseph Stoduto and Kenneth Halperin were able to obtain a settlement in the amount of $2,000,000 on behalf of our client, a 45-year-old man from Queens County.

Joseph Stoduto, Kenneth Halperin

$2 Million - Rear-Ended by a School Bus

WRSH attorneys Joseph Stoduto, Bryce Moses, and Nicole Gill were able to obtain a settlement in the amount of $2,000,000 on behalf of our client, a 50-year-old woman from Kings County.

Joseph Stoduto, Bryce Moses, Nicole Gill

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