Rear-end accidents often occur when drivers and their passengers least expect them. In some cases, the accident victim’s vehicle is parked at a red traffic signal or stop sign. Then, all of a sudden, the vehicle is impacted in the rear by some other driver’s vehicle.
Injuries suffered in these rear-end collisions can sometimes be significant – especially when they occur at a high rate of speed. If you have been injured because of another driver’s negligence in a rear-end collision, you might be eligible to pursue compensation for all of your injuries.
At The Cartwright Law Firm, Inc., our legal team understands that rear-end accidents are often accompanied by significant medical treatment, missed time from work, and inconvenience. Our skilled personal injury lawyers represent car accident victims in San Francisco, Vacaville, Discovery Bay, and Santa Rosa, California. Let us put our experience to work for you today!
Injuries Suffered by Accident Victims
Injuries suffered in rear-end car accidents often depend upon a variety of factors, including the following:
- The severity of the impact
- The speed of the other driver’s vehicle at the time just before the collision
- Whether any part of the accident victim’s body makes contact with some part of the vehicle, such as a door, headrest, window, dashboard, airbag, or console
While some injuries from rear-end car accidents can be relatively minor, others can be quite severe. Neck and back whiplash-type injuries are especially common in rear-end accidents because the sudden impact causes the driver or passenger’s head to snap forward and backward quickly.
Head injuries can also occur in a rear-end collision – especially when the accident victim’s head strikes the vehicle’s headrest. In some instances, those head injuries can be severe and could result in a traumatic head injury, such as a concussion. High-impact rear-end collisions could also cause the accident victim to suffer a broken bone.
Pursuing Damages against the At-fault Driver
Rear-end car accidents can occur for a variety of reasons. In some cases, the driver is not paying attention to the road because he or she is distracted by something else, such as a cell phone or GPS device. At other times, the driver might be operating his or her vehicle too fast for the weather conditions in existence at that time. The driver might also be under the influence of alcohol or drugs that are preventing him or her from operating the vehicle safely.
To show that another driver negligently caused the rear-end collision, you must be able to show that the other driver operated his or her vehicle in an unreasonable manner. You must also demonstrate that your injuries resulted from the collision. Potential damages in rear-end accident cases include compensation for all of your medical treatment, lost earnings, inconvenience, mental distress, pain, and suffering.
Talk with a California Rear-End Collision Lawyer Today
If you have suffered injuries in a rear-end car collision, let the skilled personal injury lawyers at The Cartwright Law Firm, Inc. help you file your claim. You can schedule a free consultation or case evaluation with a California rear-end collision lawyer today by calling (415) 433-0444 or by contacting us online.