Rear-end collisions accounted for almost half of all two-vehicle crashes, according to a 2015 National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Report. The same report stated that over a two-year period of 2011-2012 more than 1 million people in the United States have been injured in rear-end collisions. If you or a loved one has been in a rear-end collision, don’t try to recover damages on your own.
Call the experienced personal injury attorneys at John Foy & Associates at 404-400-4000 for a free consultation. We’re one of Atlanta’s most established personal injury firms with more than 20 years of protecting those who have been injured by someone else’s negligence.
What are the common causes of rear-end collisions?
Six of the most common causes of rear-end collisions include:
- Unsafe speed—A driver is traveling too fast to make a safe stop.
- Tailgating—A driver is traveling too close to the car in front to make a safe stop.
- Unsafe lane change—The car in front has made an unsafe lane change, preventing the car behind from safely avoiding a crash.
- Driving under the influence—It doesn’t matter which driver is drunk to create an accident.
- Distracted driving—Either driver talking on the phone or texting, eating, or deep in thought or conversation is risky road behavior.
- Weather conditions—Sun glare, fog, rain, and ice on the road can be the cause of a driver hitting another from behind.
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How is a rear-end collision different from other types of auto accidents?
Rear-end collisions are common crashes with high injury and property damage rates. Fault is generally easy to define–usually, it’s the fault of the driver who hit the other car. But there can be mitigating circumstances to place the blame on the other driver or a third party.
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What are the major injuries people suffer in rear-end collisions?
Neck injury or neck strain is the most commonly reported injury in automobile accidents, according to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, with about one in five insurance claims from rear-end collisions being primarily for whiplash or neck injuries.
Other common injuries include spinal cord injuries, knee and leg injuries, facial lacerations, and brain injuries from airbag deployment.
Don’t ignore your injuries from any collision. Get the proper medical care and be honest and forthcoming with your physician about the extent of any pain.
John Foy & Associates has been practicing personal injury law in Atlanta for more than 20 years and we have many strong relationships with medical personnel who specifically treat these types of injuries.
Give us a call at 404-400-4000 and we can help get you the proper medical care.
What should you do if you are injured in a rear-end collision?
If you or a loved one have been injured in a rear-end collision, gather as much information as possible about the accident. Get the names and telephone numbers of witnesses. And make sure you exchange license, car registration, and insurance information with the other driver. Call the police and have them make a police report. Call an ambulance if anyone on the scene is seriously injured.
If you were too injured to do any of this, our seasoned investigators will gather crash information for you. They’ll pore through the police and insurance reports to recreate the collision.
And never believe the other driver when he says, “Let’s keep this between ourselves.” “I don’t know how many times we’ve heard that the other driver was willing to pay for everything only to have the guy disappear,’’ says firm founder, John Foy.
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If the other driver says you are at fault, what should you do?
Do not engage with the other driver. “No good ever comes out of arguing your point of view,’’ says our firm founder, John Foy. “Keep the conversation simple and cordial and exchange driver and car information.”
Our investigators will pore through the police and insurance reports and together we’ll work with you to decide who is liable. In Georgia, you can still have a claim even if you are partly responsible for a crash.
What is the time limit for filing a rear-end collision injury claim?
The typical time limit to file a claim, or statute of limitations, is two years in Georgia. However, there are earlier exceptions. And it’s important to act quickly. First, we can help you get the medical help you need to get back on your feet and back in your car. Second, we can interview witnesses while their memories are still fresh.
If the insurance company has contacted you and is willing to settle, should you just take the money?
“Insurance companies always want to settle quickly,’’ says our firm founder, John Foy. Their agenda is to close a case and eliminate any further liability to you. But you may not even know the extent of your injury for a month or so. Some physical symptoms take a while to appear, such as concussions, whiplash, and spinal cord injuries. Once you sign that release you will NEVER be able to get more money from this case.
Insurance companies have teams of highly paid corporate attorneys representing them. Your own agent may be a terrific guy, but he’s not the one ultimately deciding how to treat you. Don’t negotiate with an insurance company on your own. And don’t agree to anything, including a recorded conversation, without first consulting a personal injury attorney.
What damages can you recover in a rear-end injury claim?
In any personal injury claim, damages are sought to recover these costs:
- Any reasonable and necessary medical treatment, including future treatment
- Wages and income lost due to the rear-end accident
- Pain and suffering
If the driver was drunk or criminally at fault, you may also recover punitive damages which are awarded to punish the driver for his or her behavior.
Do you need to hire a lawyer for a rear-end accident claim?
A lawyer can help you navigate even a minor rear-end accident claim. A lawyer can ensure your right are protected and that you are filing for every damage to which you are entitled. If you suffered injuries and/or damages that weren’t your fault, you should absolutely fight for everything you’re entitled to – and you may not know exactly what you are entitled to without a lawyer’s help.
What can a lawyer do for you that you can’t do for your own case?
Some of the benefits you can enjoy in hiring a lawyer that you may not be able to do as easily on your own include:
- Negotiating with the other driver and their insurance company on your behalf
- Gather evidence like photos, video, witness statements, medical documentation, and police reports to support your arguments
- Use expert testimony to prove the other party was at fault, even when they claim it was you
Call John Foy & Associates for help today
John Foy & Associates is a well-established and seasoned Atlanta personal injury law firm. We’ve recovered millions of dollars for our clients over the last 20 years. We have seen our share of Rear-End Collision Injury Claims. Our mission has always been to help those who have been injured because of someone else’s negligence. Our only clients are people like you.
Give our experienced Rear-End Collision Injury attorneys a call at 404-400-4000. Someone answers the phone every day, every hour of the day. We’ll give you a free and confidential consultation. And we don’t get paid unless there is a recovery.