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 in New York, 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, Moses & Halperin, LLP at (212) 986-7353.
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.
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.
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, Moses & Halperin, LLP at (212) 986-7353 for a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation.
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