In Athens, rear end accidents collisions are among the most common car accidents we see. Out of all two-vehicle accidents, about half involve one vehicle rear ending the other. Many of these accidents are minor, but many other lead to serious injuries including neck injuries, brain injuries and more. Often, the victims of a rear end collision will end up owing tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills—or more. You don’t have to face this kind of accident alone.
John Foy & Associates can help. Our Athens rear end car accident attorneys have been helping accident victims for over 20 years. We began as a small local law office and have grown into one of the most respected and effective car accident law firms in the state. When you call John Foy, we will sit down with you for a free, in depth consultation and help you answer your questions about your legal rights. By the end of the consultation you will know whether you have a claim, how likely you are to win, and what the best steps are for you to take—with no obligation. Contact us at 706-400-4000 and get your free consultation today.
How is a rear end collision defined in Athens?
Rear end collisions involve a wide variety of accidents where the front of one car or truck hits the back of another. The speed, the angle of impact and the circumstances surrounding the collision can vary from one accident to another. Some rear end accidents involve one car tapping the back of another while stopped at a red light or even while parked. Others involve high speed collisions where one car tailgated another on the freeway, or where someone changed lanes without warning. Any of these types of accidents can be serious and cause both injuries and property damage.
In the City of Athens, most rear end accidents are caused by one of the following:
- “Tailgating” or following too closely
- Distracted driving/texting while driving
- DUI involving alcohol, drugs or both
- Visibility issues like fog or rain
- Changing lanes illegally or in an aggressive manner
What are the most common injuries in rear end accidents?
Unfortunately we see a wide range of injuries in rear end collisions. Many of them can be life altering. Examples of common injuries include:
- Whiplash and neck injuries. Any impact from the back of the vehicle causes passengers to be thrown abruptly forward. While a seatbelt will help hold you in place, your head and neck still snap forward, like the motion of a whip. This “whiplash” can involve tears to the neck muscles, which result in stiffness and pain that can last weeks, months or longer.
- Head or brain injuries. Similarly, being thrown forward can cause your head to hit the steering wheel or dashboard. The impact can cause anything from a mild bruise to a serious brain injury. Many rear end accident victims end up with a concussion or other head injury, which can result in swelling that damages the brain. All head injuries require immediate treatment and carry serious risks.
- Fractured bones. Broken or fractured bones are common in rear end accidents. We see broken wrists when the driver’s arms hit the steering wheel and broken noses from being thrown forward.
All car accident injuries should be treated as serious and should receive medical attention. Many injuries can cause only mild discomfort at first, but go on to develop into severe pain and long-lasting conditions. The earlier you get a diagnosis, the more can be done for your injury—and your accident claim.
What makes rear end collisions different from other types of car accidents?
Rear end accidents are treated the same under state law as any other kind of car accident, but the claims are different because it’s usually very easy to see who’s at fault in a rear end collision. Usually the driver of the rear car is the one at fault, because the accident would not have happened (or not been as severe) if they had stayed farther back. However, there are exceptions where the other driver may bear some or all of the fault—such as when they changed lanes without signaling or pulled erratically out in front of the other car.
Determining fault is the cornerstone of car accident claims in Athens. Because Georgia is a “fault state,” the insurance of the person who caused the accident will pay for both parties’ injuries. This is why it’s important to talk to a car accident lawyer before pressing your claim. You should get a professional opinion on who is at fault legally before you proceed.
What costs will be paid by my rear end collision claim in Athens?
If you are the victim of the accident, the law in Athens is that you can have all of your costs covered. The most common costs we see include:
- Doctor visits, hospital stays and medical bills
- Rehabilitation, occupational therapy or physical therapy
- Damages to your car
- Any wages you missed because you couldn’t work
You may also qualify for large financial awards for physical pain & suffering and other losses.
Typically, when you first file an insurance claim you will not be offered anywhere near the total amount you deserve. Insurance companies try to get away with paying you the absolute lowest amounts, and they have an army of lawyers to help them do it. You should always speak to a car accident attorney before accepting any insurance payment or signing away your rights.
How long do I have to file a rear end accident claim in Athens?
The local courts in Athens use deadlines set by state and federal law. If you miss the deadline, you will get no money for your claim—even if you would otherwise be entitled to a substantial financial recovery. In Athens, you may have up to two years to file your claim, but it can be much shorter, even a matter of weeks. Speak to a lawyer as soon as possible about your claim.
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