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Whether it’s due to distractions or one car traveling close behind another, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that rear-end accidents are the most common type of car accident in the U.S., consisting of approximately 30 percent of all car crashes annually. Although many rear-end collisions are fender benders, many others are serious in nature. If a person suffers an injury from a rear-end collision, he/she may be entitled to financial compensation to pay for medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, and even pain and suffering.
At Howerton, Dorris, Stone & Lambert (HDSL), we are committed to helping individuals who have been injured in rear-end accidents obtain the compensation and justice they deserve. With nearly 90 years of legal experience, our legal team can guide you through the intricacies of the legal process while protecting your rights and best interests.
What is a Rear-End Collision?
A rear-end accident happens when one vehicle collides into the back of another vehicle. This typically occurs when one vehicle is stopped at an intersection or in traffic and the other car approaches at high speeds without braking. Furthermore, it can also happen when both vehicles are traveling at the same speed and the lead vehicle suddenly stops, resulting in the rear vehicle crashing into the lead vehicle and potentially causing a chain-reaction accident.
The following are common causes of rear-end accidents:
- Tailgating or one car following another car too closely
- Distractions such as cellphones, GPS devices, food and beverages, and even other passengers
- Road defects that make it difficult for vehicles to properly stop
- Faulty brake lights that may confuse a rear driver
What are Common Rear-End Collision Injuries?
Rear-end collisions often come as a surprise to victims who are idle at a stoplight or at a dead stop in traffic. Since they can’t see a speeding car coming from behind them, they are typically not prepared for the impact. While a driver may appear to be fine, once the initial shock of the accident passes, they may experience pain and injury that requires medical attention.
Common types of rear-end accident injuries include:
- Whiplash – Considered the most common type of injury associated with rear-end collision, this soft tissue injury is caused by a sudden and violent movement of the neck and head.
- Back injuries – Even a crash that happens at low speeds can lead to a serious back injury. The force of impact can compress the spine and vertebrae, causing soreness and even lower back pain. In more catastrophic cases, a rear-end accident can lead to broken bones and paralysis.
- Brain and head injuries – Even when airbags deploy upon impact, head injuries can still occur. Common examples include concussions, loss of consciousness, bruising, swelling, lacerations, and even traumatic brain injury.
- Wrist and arm injuries – Since a driver’s hands are most likely on the steering wheel when a rear-end collision happens, they may brace themselves by tightly gripping the wheel upon impact. This can result in a serious wrist, hand, or arm injury such as a sprained or broken wrist.
- Seat belt injuries – While seat belts are designed to save lives, they can also cause injury in a rear-end accident. As soon as the crash occurs, your seat belt tightens up to hold your body in place and prevent it from hitting the steering wheel, dashboard, or windshield. However, a tightened seat belt can lead to cuts and bruises.
How to Prove Liability in a Rear-End Accident
Although Illinois law presumes that the rear driver is at fault for a rear-end collision, this presumption can be argued by the rear driver if the lead driver was traveling below the speed limit or dangerously stopped in an area where cars shouldn’t stop.
In order to prove fault in a rear-end collision, an injured party must show the following:
- The speed and position of each vehicle
- If the other driver committed a traffic violation
- If there were witnesses at the scene
- The physical evidence such as photos, videos, and police reports
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