Fifty percent of two-car accidents involve rear-ending, making rear end collisions one of the most common types of accidents in Duluth. You may think of rear-ending as just a fender bender, but rear end collisions at highway speeds often cause severe injuries. Those injuries can mean months of medical treatment, time missed form work and tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills. But you don’t have to suffer financially. You can recover money for your injuries. You need to talk to a rear end collision accident attorney.
At John Foy & Associates, we know how to get you the money you need to put your life back together. Our law firm has spent the last 20 years building one of the best track records in the state for helping accident victims. In fact, we only represent victims—never insurance companies. We’d like to give you a free consultation to explain your rights and show you how we can help you. Call us at 404-400-4000 and get your free consultation today.
What counts as a “rear end collision” in Duluth?
A rear end accident happens any time the front of one car runs into the back of another, even if there are other circumstances or vehicles involved. Rear end accidents are common in parking lots and at stoplights, but they can also happen on busy highways when one car veers suddenly in front of another. Even when a rear end accident seems minor, it can cause serious injuries.
Rear end accidents in the City of Duluth usually happen for one of the following reasons:
- A car was speeding
- A car was tailgating
- A driver was talking on the phone or was otherwise distracted
- A driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- The weather was bad
- A driver was aggressively changing lanes
What kinds of injuries can a rear end accident cause?
The injuries you might sustain in a rear end accident depend on the way the accident happened and your own vulnerabilities. But there are a few injuries that we see often when dealing with rear end collisions. They include:
- Whiplash. Whiplash is a painful condition caused by the impact of the collision. When you are hit from behind, you and your car are propelled forward. Your seat belt keeps you from flying out of your seat, but your neck is unrestrained, and will “whip” forward. This tears your muscles and neck tissues, leading to one of the most common rear end accident injuries.
- Head injuries. The impact can also cause you to hit your head of the steering wheel, windshield, or other hard surfaces inside the car. This could cause a minor concussion or a severe and permanent traumatic brain injury. Concussions can grow serious when they lead to swelling that puts pressure on the brain.
- Fractured bones. It’s not unusual to strike your hands, arms or face on the interior of the car, causing broken bones that may need surgery or physical therapy.
Never assume your injuries are minor and will heal on their own. Many rear end accident injuries grow worse if they aren’t treated. Always see a doctor as soon as possible after an accident.
What makes rear end accidents different than other types of car accidents?
No matter what kind of accident you are involved in, Georgia law makes the driver who caused the accident responsible, or liable, for all the damages and injuries that occur. Rear end accidents are different than other types of accidents only because it is usually easy to tell who is at fault.
A typical rear end collision was caused by the driver in the rear. If the rear driver had been paying better attention or using a safe following distance, the accident never would have happened. That makes it proving fault easy in this kind of accident.
But some accidents don’t follow this usual pattern, and the driver in front is sometimes the one at fault. A common example is a driver who cuts suddenly in front of another driver with no signal, giving the rear driver no time to react.
How much money can I recover for a rear end accident in Duluth?
You can recover the entire cost of your accident from the party who was at fault. Most accident victims are eligible for:
- Medical expenses
- The cost of prescriptions
- The cost of physical therapy or rehabilitation
- Car repair expenses
- Money to make up for the wages you lost if you missed work because of the accident
Some accident victims receive much larger financial awards. The local courts may award you this money if you have ongoing pain and suffering or a disability, or if you lost a loved one. We know this money can’t begin to make up for the losses you might suffer in a major accident, but we also know that money can ease your financial struggles after a serious injury, letting you focus on treatment and healing.
You should know that insurance companies will try to avoid giving you what your claim is really worth. Insurance companies try to pay out as little as possible so they can make more profit for themselves. Don’t take an insurance company check or sign any paperwork until you’ve talked to an attorney.
What is the deadline for filing a rear end accident claim in Duluth?
Both state and federal law establish deadlines for filing accident claims. Many accident victims have two years to file a claim, but some have much less time—potentially only a few weeks. It all depends on the circumstances of your accident. But if you miss the deadline, you will give up your right to recover money. That’s why you need to talk to a lawyer right away.
Talk to a Duluth Rear End Accident Lawyer for Free
At John Foy & Associates, we have a 20-year history of getting accident victims the money they need to continue their recovery. We’d like to help you too, with a free consultation to discuss your case and explain your options. Call us at 404-400-4000 or fill out the form to your right and get your FREE consultation today.