When two vehicles are involved in an accident in Marietta, there’s about a 50-50 chance that one of them rear-ended the other. Some of these rear-end collisions just cause minor dents and scrapes, but many rear end accidents seriously injure the drivers and passengers in both cars. Even when a collision seems minor, ongoing injuries can develop over time. These injuries often require extensive—and expensive—medical treatment that can cost tens of thousands of dollars. If you’ve been injured in a rear end collision, you have a right to recover the money it will cost to treat your injuries and repair or replace your vehicle. Contact a good Marietta rear end collision accident attorney to find out more.
John Foy & Associates is one of the most experienced and well-regarded car accident law firms in the state. We’ve been helping people recover money for their injuries for over two decades, and in that time we’ve built an impressive track record. In fact, our entire practice is focused on helping people who have been hurt in accidents get the money they deserve from insurance companies. Let us offer you a free consultation to answer your questions and explain your options. Contact us at 404-400-4000 and get your free consultation today.
What is a rear end collision in Marietta?
Any time one vehicle hits the back end of another, we consider it a rear end collision, even if there were other factors that caused or contributed to the accident. We have handled cases involving tragic rear end accidents that happened at high speeds, with one car suddenly veering in front of another. Our rear end cases have also included collisions at stop lights and in parking lots where the cars were just creeping along. We’ve found that even at low speeds, rear end collisions can cause significant damage and substantial, painful injuries.
In the City of Marietta, rear end collisions usually involve at least one of these factors:
- Exceeding the speed limit
- Following too closely
- Distractions, including texting while driving
- A driver under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Bad weather, including fog and heavy rain
- Swerving in and out of lanes
What kind of injuries do rear end accidents cause?
There are almost as many different types of injuries as there are causes of rear end accidents. But there are some that we routinely see, including these:
- Whiplash is a painful neck condition, and it’s the most common injury in rear end collisions. When a vehicle hits you from behind, the force of the impact pushes you violently forward. Your seatbelt keeps in your seat, but your head and neck will nonetheless “whip” toward the front windshield, often tearing neck muscles and soft tissue. These injuries then develop into whiplash.
- Head injuries. The forward motion caused by a rear end collision can propel your head into the windshield, steering wheel, dashboard or seat in front of you. This can leave you with anything from a mild concussion to a severe and life-altering brain injury. Traumatic brain injuries are among the most serious injuries that can result from car accidents, but even minor concussions can have a lasting impact.
- Broken bones. Many rear end accident victims suffer broken bones in their noses, hands, legs and arms.
Any car accident can cause serious injuries. If you’ve been in an accident, get checked out by a doctor right away, even if you don’t think you’ve been badly hurt.
Are rear end collisions different than other accidents?
Legally, a rear end collision is just like any other vehicle accident. As with any accident in Georgia, the insurance company of the driver who’s at fault pays for all injuries and vehicle damage. That makes fault an important factor in every auto accident case. But while fault is hotly contested in many accidents, it’s usually easy to determine who caused a rear end collision.
In almost every case, the driver in back—the one who “rear ended” someone—is at fault. That driver could usually have avoided the accident if he or she had been paying better attention or observing a safe following distance.
However, there are instances where the rear driver is NOT at fault. For example, a driver who suddenly cut in front of another vehicle or did not use a signal when changing lanes could be the cause of a rear end collision.
What costs will a rear end collision claim pay in Marietta?
If you’ve been injured in a rear end accident, you’re legally entitled to recover all of the costs resulting from the accident. These might include:
- Doctors, hospitals and other health care expenses
- Prescribed drugs
- Physical, occupational or rehabilitative therapy
- Mechanics and body shops, or the cost of a replacement vehicle
- The pay you lost because of the accident
Depending on the extent of your injuries, you may also be eligible for larger sums of money. The local courts may make financial awards to compensate you for such things as ongoing pain or a permanent disability. We know that money can never make up for the things you lost in your accident, but it can give you and your family financial peace of mind as you work through the healing process.
It’s important to know that insurance companies rarely offer you the amount your claim is truly worth. To keep costs down, they usually present a low settlement offer, hoping that you’ll take it before you’ve thought things through or truly know the extent of your injuries. That’s why you shouldn’t sign any insurance company paperwork until you’ve gotten advice from a lawyer.
Do I have a deadline for filing my rear end accident claim in Marietta?
Federal and state laws impose deadlines for filing accident claims in Georgia. Many rear end accident victims have two years to file a claim. But some have a much shorter time frame—possibly only a matter of months. These deadlines are important because if you miss them, you give up your right to recover money from the insurance company. That’s why it’s critical to talk to a lawyer as soon as possible after the accident.
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At John Foy & Associates, we have just one goal: to help people who have been injured in accidents. We’d like to show you what we can do for you. Schedule a free consultation and we will discuss your case, explain your options, and help you decide what to do next. Call us at 404-400-4000 or fill out the form to your right and get your FREE consultation today.