Rear end collisions happen all the time in Douglasville, accounting for about half of all two car accidents. They are common in parking lots and at stop signs, where slow speeds keep vehicle damage to a minimum. But rear end accidents also happen at high speeds on highways, leaving cars totaled. No matter how much or how little your car is damaged, a rear end accident can cause serious, expensive, long-term injuries to drivers and passengers. You have a right to financial recovery for your injuries and damage, but you need to talk to a Douglasville rear end collision accident attorney.
John Foy & Associates has been helping victims of accidents for more than two decades. In fact, that’s all we do. We’ve built an impressive track record of success by consistently advocating for the rights of victims and never siding with insurance companies. Let us give you a free, no obligation consultation to go over your case and help you decide what to do next. Contact us at 404-400-4000 and get your free consultation today.
What counts as a rear end collision in Douglasville?
A rear end collision is any accident where the front end of one vehicle runs into the back end of another. There are many different types of accidents that can be classified as rear end collisions. Some are a simple matter of one car hitting another, while other rear end collisions are part of a larger wreck. Rear end collisions can happen at high speeds or they can be little more than getting bumped in a parking lot. However, even a minor rear end collision has the potential to leave victims with thousands of dollars in vehicle damage and tens of thousands of dollars in medical expenses.
The majority of the rear end collisions in the City of Douglasville involve one of these circumstances:
- A speeding vehicle
- A car “tailgating” the car in front of it
- A driver who’s texting, fiddling with the radio, or doing something else distracting
- A driver who’s under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Bad weather that reduces visibility
- A driver weaving in and out of traffic
What are some common injuries from rear end accidents?
Just as there are many types of rear end accidents, there are many kinds of injuries that can result. Some, however, are more common than others. Here are a few that we typically see:
- Whiplash. Your seatbelt keeps you in your seat during a rear end collision, but it doesn’t support your neck. The impact can snap your neck forward and then “whip” it back, causing your neck muscles and tissues to tear. This in turn leads to the painful condition known as whiplash.
- Head injuries. If you hit your head on the interior of the car, you may suffer a concussion or brain injuries. Concussions can cause swelling and pressure on your brain and can lead to longer term problems. A traumatic brain injury is one of the most serious injuries you can suffer in a car accident.
- Broken bones. The impact of the collision can cause you to hit your face, arms, wrist or torso on a hard surface, breaking bones in the process. While some broken bones heal easily, others require surgery.
Some car accident injuries appear minor at first and then develop into more serious conditions if left untreated. That’s why it’s important to see a doctor right away after an accident.
What makes rear end collisions different than other car accidents?
The law treats rear end collisions the same as other accidents—the insurance company for the driver who was legally at fault pays for all costs and damages. In some accident cases, it’s hard to tell who caused the accident. But that’s not true of rear end collisions.
In a rear end accident, the driver in back is almost always responsible. It’s usually the driver in back who didn’t stop quickly enough, decided to drive drunk, or followed too closely. This makes rear end accident claims easier to prove than many other accident claims.
However, sometimes it’s the driver in front who’s at fault. For example, a driver who is swerving in and out of traffic and cuts suddenly in front of you may be legally liable for the accident, even though you were the driver in back.
What costs will my rear end collision claim in Douglasville cover?
Accident victims in Georgia can recover 100% of the costs and damages caused by the accident. This includes:
- Doctor, hospital, emergency room and other medical bills
- Prescription drug expenses
- Physical therapy or rehabilitation
- The cost of repairing or replacing your car
- Lost wages, if you had to miss time from work because of the accident
Some accident victims are entitled to even larger financial awards. The local courts may award you money for serious, long-term damage such as ongoing pain or a permanent disability. This money can never bring back your health, but it can give you the resources to get treatment and keep your family on a firm financial footing.
When an insurance company receives your claim, it will often offer you money, but you should be aware that this money will almost never be enough to cover the cost of your injury. Insurance companies want to make a profit, and they do this by paying out as little as possible when someone makes a claim. We recommend that you talk to a lawyer before you accept money or sign anything from an insurance company.
What’s the deadline for filing a rear end accident case in Douglasville?
State and federal laws impose strict deadlines on filing accident claims. If you miss the deadline, you will not be able to receive financial recovery for your injuries. For most auto accidents, you must file a claim within two years, but for some types of accidents, claims must be filed within a few months. For this reason, it is important to talk to a lawyer as soon as you can after your accident.
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