Rear end collisions account for about 50 percent of all two-car accidents. And they’re extremely common in Sandy Springs. Rear end accidents can cause severe injuries and totaled cars—even when the vehicles are traveling at relatively low speeds. Many rear end accidents lead to painful neck injuries that may need months of costly therapy and treatment. But you don’t have to pay the cost of an accident that wasn’t your fault. Talk to a Sandy Springs rear end collisions accident attorney.
At John Foy & Associates we know how to help you. We have been getting results for accident victims in the Sandy Springs area for over 20 years, and our track record speaks for itself. Our mission is to get you the money you deserve and to never take the side of big insurance companies who like to find reasons to deny claims. We offer a free, no-obligation consultation to talk about your case and explain your rights. Call us at 404-400-4000 and get your free consultation today.
How do you define “rear end collision” in Sandy Springs?
There are many types of accidents that can be classified as rear end collisions. They have a variety of causes, but they share one thing in common: one vehicle hits another one from behind. Rear end accidents happen at high speeds where people follow too closely, and in parking lots where the cars are just creeping along. They are common at stop signs and stoplights where a driver doesn’t notice that the vehicles in front have stopped. Any rear end accident has the potential to cause serious injuries.
Most of the time, rear end accidents in the City of Sandy Springs involve at least one of these factors:
- Excessive speed
- Tailgating, or not maintaining a safe following distance
- Distracted driving such as cell phone use
- DUI involving drugs or alcohol
- Poor visibility, often caused by bad weather
- Changing lanes too aggressively
What are some typical rear end accident injuries?
In any car accident, the type of injuries will depend on many factors, including the vehicles, the way they collided, their rate of speed and your own age and health. But some types of injuries are more common than others in rear end accidents. These include:
- Whiplash is a painful neck condition resulting from tears in the muscles and soft tissues in your neck. Whiplash occurs because the force of the rear end collision propels your head and neck forward while the rest of your body is restrained by your seat belt. Whiplash can occur even at low speeds, and it is the most common rear end accident injury.
- Head injuries. A traumatic brain injury can change your life forever, while a concussion can lead to brain swelling and lasting injury. Head injuries occur when you strike your head on the windshield, dashboard, seat in front of you, or other hard surface inside the car.
- Bone fractures. A simple broken bone can put you out of work for weeks, and fractures in hands, wrists and elbows may require surgery. Broken bones are often the result of hitting your body against the interior of your car.
Some injuries, like whiplash and concussions, may not be apparent right away, and may develop complications if left untreated. That’s why it’s important to see a doctor as soon as possible after any accident.
What makes rear end accidents different than other auto accidents?
Georgia’s laws don’t treat rear end accidents any differently than other types of car accidents. The driver who caused the accident is legally responsible for paying for all the damage that results. But while it’s hard to tell who is at fault in some types of accidents, proving fault in a rear end collision is usually simple. This can make it easier for rear end accident victims to recover money.
Most of the time, the driver in back is at fault. If the driver in back had been paying attention or hadn’t been tailgating, there never would have been an accident.
This isn’t an iron-clad rule, however, and there are times when the front driver’s behavior caused the accident. A common example is a freeway accident where the driver in front is at fault for cutting sharply in front of another vehicle without using a signal.
How much money can I get in a rear end collision claim in Sandy Springs?
The amount of money you can recover will depend on the circumstances of your accident and the extent of your injuries. However, most accident victims can expect to recover these types of costs:
- Medical expenses
- The cost of any prescribed medications
- Expenses for physical therapy or other rehabilitation
- The cost of fixing your vehicle
- Money to make up for the pay you lost if you missed time from work because of the accident
Some people are entitled to even greater financial recovery. The local courts might award you additional money for pain and suffering, a long-term disability or another serious loss. We don’t believe that money can ever give you your life back or erase the effects of an injury. But we have seen the relief on our client’s faces when they realize they have enough money to pay for healthcare and their monthly bills, and we want to deliver that to every client we work with.
What is the deadline for filing a rear end accident claim in Sandy Springs?
The deadline will depend on the circumstances of your accident. Most of the time, you have two years to file your claim. But in some cases, the deadline is far shorter and you may only have a few months. If you file a claim after the deadline, the court will probably dismiss it and you will have lost your right to a financial recovery. You should talk to a lawyer as soon as possible after your accident.
Talk to a Sandy Springs Rear End Collision Accident Lawyer for Free
At John Foy & Associates, we don’t want you to pay for an accident that wasn’t your fault. We’ve spent the last 20 years helping accident victims like you get the money they need to put their lives back on track. We’d like to give you a free consultation to go over your case and explain how we can help. Call us at 404-400-4000 or fill out the form to your right and get your FREE consultation today.