Rear-end collisions are the most common motor vehicle accident in the Hampton area. According to the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) crash data, thousands happen in Henry County every year. Despite their reputation as minor fender-benders, many rear-end collisions cause severe property damage, debilitating injuries, and fatalities.
After a Hampton rear-end collision, you need a lawyer on your side who understands the trauma you have suffered. At John Foy & Associates, we take rear-end collisions seriously. Our team of experienced rear-end collision attorneys in Hampton will fight to get you the financial compensation you need to pay for your medical care and overcome the challenges of healing from your injuries.
You Have a Right to Financial Compensation for Your Injuries
As the victim of a Hampton rear-end collision, you have valuable rights under Georgia law to seek total, fair compensation for the injuries and losses you sustained. The Hampton rear-end collision attorneys at John Foy & Associates represent crash victims like you in insurance claims and lawsuits aimed at securing money damages from the party or parties at-fault for your rear-end accident. Over more than 20 years of law practice, we have achieved more than $1 billion in favorable case results for our clients.
Multiple Parties May Owe You Money Damages
Under Georgia law, anyone who causes a motor vehicle accident will owe money damages to crash victims through their unreasonably dangerous decisions or actions. At John Foy & Associates, one of our most essential tasks in representing crash victims like you involves investigating the rear-end collision to determine who was at fault.
According to GDOT data, the vast majority of Hampton rear-end collisions occur because the driver of the trailing car was following too closely. The data also show that driver distraction plays an outsized role in causing dangerous tailgating and failing to avoid a rear-end collision. In other words, more often than not, the driver of the trailing car bears much of the blame for the crash.
But the trailing driver is not the only party who may owe you damages. Multiple other individuals or entities could share that liability, either because their conduct also contributed to the rear-end collision that harmed you or because Georgia law requires them to answer for the trailing driver’s dangerous actions. For example, an investigation may reveal liability on the part of:
- The trailing driver’s employer, if that driver crashed a work vehicle into yours;
- An automotive manufacturer, if a defect in either of the vehicles involved played a role in causing the collision;
- A municipal or state government road agency, or private road owner, if the unreasonably dangerous design, construction, or maintenance of the road where the crash happened was a contributing factor; or
- Another driver set off a chain-reaction rear-end collision.
Compensation Should Cover the Full Scope of Your Injuries and Losses
At John Foy & Associates, we aim to identify as many parties as possible who may owe money damages for the harm you suffered in a Hampton rear-end collision. That’s because, as a rule-of-thumb, the more parties we find, the better your chances of securing total compensation, including payment for:
- Your present and future medical costs in treating your injuries and any related health complications;
- Your present and future out-of-pocket expenses for nonmedical goods and services you need because of your injuries;
- The wages and employment benefits you lost by missing work after the collision, including the value of any sick leave or vacation days you spent;
- Future earning opportunities you lost because your injuries temporarily or permanently limit your ability to work; and
- Your pain and suffering includes lost quality of life, physical discomfort, mental health struggles, and harm to your relationships.
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Tips for Protecting Your Rights After a Hampton Rear-End Accident
Because rear-end collisions are so common, many people see them as unimportant. That’s often a costly mistake. Following the tips below can protect your rights to payment for the injuries you suffered in a Hampton rear-end crash.
Report the Accident
The Georgia Code requires you to notify local law enforcement of any accident involving death, injury, or property damage totaling more than $500. Because you often cannot know for sure if you suffered injuries (see below), and given the often high costs of repairing even minor cosmetic damage to a vehicle, as a practical matter, you should call 911 after virtually any Hampton rear-end collision. This fulfills your legal duties, but it also ensures that police will prepare an official accident report that may help prove your damages.
Seek Medical Care
As you likely know, rear-end collisions can cause serious injuries. But you may not feel the full extent of those injuries right away. Many common types of rear-end collision-related trauma may not show immediate symptoms, like head and neck soft tissue injuries (a.k.a. whiplash), spinal injuries, and traumatic brain injuries (TBI).
Go get a checkup as soon as possible after any rear-end crash in Hampton, even if you feel “ok”. Not only does this protect your health, it ensures that you will have a written record of the link between the accident and any injury you suffered. This can serve as substantial evidence when seeking compensation.
Beware of Quick Settlement Offers from At-Fault Drivers or Their Insurers
Never agree to a quick cash payment from the at-fault driver at the crash scene or to a settlement offer you receive directly from the driver’s insurance company. These offers will undoubtedly fall short of the money you need to pay for your current and future expenses. An experienced rear-end collision lawyer in Hampton can get you far more through skilled negotiation and advocacy on your behalf.
Contact a Hampton Rear-End Collision Lawyer Today
You deserve total, fair compensation for your injuries in a Hampton rear-end collision. For a free consultation with a knowledgeable legal professional who can explain your rights and options for securing money damages, contact John Foy & Associates today.