Whether on highways, city streets or in parking lots, rear end collisions are an everyday event in Macon. In fact, rear end collisions account for about 50 percent of all car accidents—often with disastrous consequences. Even when there’s not much vehicle damage, a rear end accident can cause severe pain and lead to tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills. But if you have been hurt in a rear end accident, you can recover your costs. You need to talk to a Macon rear end collision accident lawyer.
At John Foy & Associates, we are here to help. We started our law firm with a single goal: to help accident victims get the money they need and deserve, so they can put their lives back together. We’ve been helping accident victims for over 20 years now, and we’ve built a solid reputation and an impressive track record of successful results. We offer a free consultation to go over your case and help you understand your legal options. Call us at 478-217-7042 and get your free consultation today.
What kinds of accidents qualify as rear end accidents in Macon?
“Rear end accident” is a catch-all phrase that can include any accident where the front end of a vehicle hits the back of another vehicle. In some rear end accidents, one car is directly behind another, and in others the rear vehicle of off to one side. Some happen at high speeds on the interstate, while others occur in parking lots where the cars are just creeping along. Although high speed accidents usually cause the most severe injuries, we often see significant injuries when the cars aren’t moving very fast at all.
Typically, a rear end accident in Macon-Bibb County will involve one or more of the following situations:
- Tailgating, or not maintaining a safe following distance
- Texting, cell phone use, or other distracted driving behavior
- Drivers who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Visibility issues such as fog or heavy rain
- Drivers who change lanes aggressively or without signaling
What are some common injuries from rear end accidents?
There are a few types of injuries that are particularly common in rear end collisions. These include:
- The force of being hit from behind causes your head to “whip” suddenly forward while your body is restrained in your seat belt. This abrupt motion can tear the muscles and soft tissues in your neck. These tears lead to whiplash, a painful condition that is the classic rear end accident injury.
- Head injuries. The same sudden forward motion that causes whiplash can also cause you to hit your head on hard surfaces on the car’s interior. This can lead to concussions that in turn may cause brain swelling. The most severe head injuries are permanent traumatic brain injuries.
- A rear end accident can also cause you to hit other body parts on the interior of the car, breaking bones in the process. Hand, wrist and nose fractures are especially common in rear end collisions.
Always take an accident seriously, even if you think you weren’t really hurt. See a doctor right away to get started on treatment. This will help you heal as quickly and completely as possible.
What’s the difference between rear end collisions and other car accidents?
In theory, rear end accidents are the same as other types of accidents. In practice, however, rear end accidents tend to be a little simpler when it comes to figuring out liability. In Georgia, the driver who caused the accident is liable, or responsible for paying for the resulting costs and damages. This means that in any accident case, it is important to determine who is at fault.
In rear end cases, this is often easy because the accident was clearly caused by the driver in the rear. If that driver hadn’t been tailgating or texting, the accident wouldn’t have happened. However, there are times when the driver in back wasn’t at fault. For example, if a driver was weaving in and out of traffic and veered in front of you with no warning, that driver would be responsible for causing the accident.
How much money can I get in a rear end accident claim in Macon?
Georgia law allows accident victims to recover ALL their costs and expenses resulting from the accident. Damages that we typically recover for our clients include:
- Medical costs
- Rehabilitation and physical therapy
- Auto repairs or replacement of a totaled vehicle
- Lost wages to compensate you for time you missed from work because of the accident
Depending on the circumstances of your accident and your injuries, the local courts may also award you additional large amounts of money for pain and suffering, permanent disability, and other serious losses. We know that money isn’t enough to compensate you for a severe injury. But we also know that an accident causes financial strain as well as physical injury, and we hope that this money can eliminate the financial stress while allowing you to get all the treatment you need.
You should know that insurance companies are not as sympathetic as they sound. Insurance companies are trying to make a profit, and one of the ways they stay profitable is to offer accident victims much less than their claims are worth. We encourage you to talk to a lawyer before you sign anything or accept an insurance company check.
Is there a time limit for filing a rear end accident claim in Macon?
Yes, there are deadlines under both state and federal law. In car accident cases, these deadlines—known as statutes of limitations—are usually two years. But the deadline for your case may be only a few months. If you miss the deadline, you won’t be able to recover money for your injuries. To make sure you file your claim on time, it’s important to speak with a Macon rear end accident lawyer as soon as you can.
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At John Foy & Associates, we’ve been helping accident victims like you for more than two decades. Let us put our experience to work for you. At our initial free consultation, we’ll talk about your case and help you decide what to do—all with no obligation. Call us at 478-217-7042 or fill out the form to your right and get your FREE consultation today.