Rear-end collisions accounted for almost half of all two-vehicle crashes, according to a 2015 National Transportation Safety Board 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. Your car may have been severely damaged, and more importantly, you may have physical injuries that haven’t yet become apparent. Call a seasoned Rear-End Collision Injury Lawyer 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.
How is a rear-end collision defined?
A rear-end collision is defined by the front of a car hitting the back of another car. This can happen at low-speed. For example, a car has stopped at a red light and the car behind it taps into it. And these crashes can happen at high speed when one car stops suddenly on a highway. Either way, someone is going to get hurt.
What are the common causes of rear-end collisions?
Some of the common causes of rear-end collisions tend to be:
- Unsafe speed—A driver is traveling too fast to make a safe stop.
- Tailgating—A driver is traveling too closely 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.
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.
What are the major injuries of 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.
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.
How serious is whiplash?
Whiplash has many symptoms beyond a stiff neck. Headaches, shoulder pain, dizziness, arm pain, jaw pain, fatigue, ringing in the ears and back pain can all be symptoms of whiplash. More severe cases can lead to depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Because we are experienced with these sorts of injuries after an automobile accident we are vigilant about checking in with our clients to see if their symptoms have worsened. It’s easy to be dismissive about what seems to be a minor ache and pain, but these injuries require proper medical care. We urge you to take your symptoms seriously.
What should I or a loved one do if either of us in injured in a rear-end collision accident?
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.
The driver who hit me was very angry and said that I am at fault. What should I 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.
The insurance company has contacted me and is willing to settle. Should I 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 I 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.
What can John Foy & Associates do for me?
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.