Rear end collisions happen just about every day in Roswell, accounting for around 50 percent of all two-car accidents. Fortunately, many rear-end accidents are minor, low speed collisions in parking lots and at stop signs. But some rear end collisions are much more serious, causing extensive property damage and injuries requiring months of expensive medical treatment. If you have been in a rear end accident, you don’t have to bear the cost alone. You need to talk to a Roswell rear end collision accident lawyer.
At John Foy & Associates, we have a 20-year history of helping accident victims get the money they need to remain stable financially while they heal from their injuries. By focusing exclusively on accident victims and never siding with insurance companies, we’ve built a solid track record for success. We can give you a free consultation to discuss the facts of your case and help you understand your rights. Call us at 404-400-4000 and get your free consultation today.
What kinds of accidents are considered rear end collisions in Roswell?
We consider an accident as a “rear end collision” any time the front end of one vehicle hits the back end of another vehicle. Other factors may be involved, but we still call it a rear end collision. Some rear end accidents happen at high speeds on the interstate, while others occur in parking lots where the cars are just crawling along. While high speed crashes are more likely to cause serious injuries, we have seen many cases where drivers and passengers suffer painful injuries from low speed collisions.
In the City of Roswell, rear end collisions typically involve at least one of these factors:
- Someone exceeding the speed limit
- Distracted driving such as texting while driving
- Drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Fog, heavy rain or other weather-related issues
- Overly aggressive lane changes
What are some common rear end accident injuries?
The injuries you suffer in a rear end accident will depend on the way the accident happened. However, there are some types of injuries that we see frequently. These include:
- The force of being hit from behind will push your body forward in the seat. Seat belts are designed to restrain you and prevent you from being thrown from the car, but they do not protect your head and neck from being thrust forward and whipped back in the impact. This sudden motion can tear your neck muscles and soft tissues. This painful and very common rear-end collision injury is known as whiplash.
- Head injuries. A rear-end accident can cause you to hit your head on the dashboard, windshield, steering wheel or seat in front of you. This may cause anything from a minor concussion to a traumatic brain injury. Even a simple concussion can lead to swelling and a lasting injury.
- Bone fractures. It’s common to hit your hands, arms or heads on the interior of the car during a rear-end crash. This can lead to broken fingers, wrists or noses.
Always see a doctor as soon as you can after any car accident. Injuries like whiplash and concussions may not be immediately visible, yet there can be serious complications if you delay in seeking treatment.
What makes rear end accidents different than other accidents?
In one sense, rear end collisions are the same as any other car accidents. The person who caused the accident is legally liable and responsible for paying for your injures and all other damage that occurs. This means that in any accident case, it is important to find out who is at fault.
Proving fault is complicated in many types of accidents, but it’s usually easy to tell who caused a rear end accident. Most of the time, the accident is the fault of the driver in back. Usually, the accident would never have happened if the driver in back hadn’t been tailgating or had been paying more attention.
Sometimes, however, the driver in front causes the accident by making a sudden and unexpected maneuver such as changing lanes on the highway without using a signal.
What costs can I recover in a rear end collision claim in Roswell?
When you’re the victim of an accident, Georgia law allows you a complete financial recovery for all the injuries and other harm you suffer because of the accident. This usually means you are entitled to:
- Medical expenses
- Prescription drug expenses
- The cost of physical therapy or other rehabilitation services
- The cost of the damage to your vehicle
- Lost wages—money to make up for the time you lost from work because of the accident
If your accident caused more severe injuries, the local courts may award you substantial additional amounts of money as damages for pain, disability or other serious losses. Of course, money can’t begin to make up for the terrible effects of a major accident. But money can help you avoid financial stress, making it easier for you to get treatment and continue along the road to recovery.
Is there a time limit for a rear end accident claim in Roswell?
There are strict deadlines for filing accident claims. These deadlines, established by both state and federal laws, are important because if you miss them, you will not be able to get any financial recovery for your accident. In some cases you may only have a matter of months to file your claim, while in other cases you have up to two years.
We don’t want you to go without the money you are legally entitled to. At John Foy & Associates, we won’t charge you a dime up front to handle your case. We know you are already under financial stress, and we don’t think it’s fair to ask you to pay us out of pocket. If we win money from you, we’ll take our fees out at the end. Otherwise, you don’t pay anything.
Talk to a Roswell Rear End Collision Accident Lawyer for Free
At John Foy & Associates, we have over 20 years helping accident victims get the money they need to put their lives back together. We’d like to explain what we can do for you. We’ll give you a free consultation to talk about your case, explain your rights, and help you decide what to do. Call us at 404-400-4000 or fill out the form to your right and get your FREE consultation today.