About half of all two-car accidents are rear end collisions, and they happen almost every day in Stockbridge. Many rear end collisions are more serious than they seem. A minor fender bender that doesn’t cause much damage can still lead to painful injuries that worsen over time. In the worst rear end collisions, drivers and passengers are left with serious injuries and tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills. If you’ve been injured in a rear end accident, you don’t have to shoulder these costs alone. A Stockbridge rear end collision accident attorney can help you.
At John Foy & Associates, we have spent the past two decades helping accident victims in Stockbridge recover the money they need to get their lives back on track. We have a strong history of success and one of the best reputations in the state. We’ve never wavered from our original mission—to help accident victims, and never side with the insurance company. We offer a free consultation to talk about your accident and evaluate your options. Contact us at 404-400-4000 and schedule your free consultation today.
How do you define a rear end collision in Stockbridge?
Rear end collisions are a broad category that includes any accident where the rear end of one vehicle is struck by the front end of another one, even if there were also other causes or circumstances. We have handled catastrophic rear end accidents at highway speeds, and we’ve also seen many rear end accidents that happened at extremely low speeds in parking lots and at stop signs. Though they sound minor, these low speed collisions can also cause serious injuries and expensive vehicle damage.
One or more of the following factors usually causes or contributes to rear end accidents in the City of Stockbridge:
- Exceeding the speed limit
- A distracted driver, including drivers who text
- A drunk driver
- Fog, heavy rain, or other conditions that reduce visibility
- A driver who changes lanes too aggressively
What are the most common injuries from rear end accidents?
There are almost as many types of injuries as there are types of accidents, and the injuries you might suffer will depend on the severity of your accident, how you were hit, and your overall physical condition. We often see these types of injuries:
- Whiplash. This is the most common rear end accident injury. Whiplash occurs when the impact of the collision sends your head forward, but the seat belt keeps your body in the car seat. Your head then snaps, or “whips” back, and the sudden motion can tear muscles and delicate soft tissues in your neck, leading to ongoing pain.
- Head injuries. The worst type of head injury is a traumatic brain injury that can alter the course of your life forever. Even a relatively minor concussion can cause swelling that may lead to long-term medical issues. Head injuries can occur whenever the collision causes you to hit your head on a hard object such as the steering wheel, dashboard or seat in front of you.
- Broken bones. Broken bones are another consequence of hitting your body on the hard surfaces inside your car. We often see patients who have broken wrists, arms and noses, and some of them will need surgery and physical therapy.
Some injuries can grow worse if they are not treated right away. To keep this from happening to you, always see a doctor as soon as possible if you are in an accident.
Is there any difference between a rear end collision and another type of car accident?
All accident victims have the same rights under state law, whether they were injured in a rear end collision or another sort of accident. Georgia’s laws say that the driver who is at fault is legally responsible for paying all the resulting costs and damages.
In some accidents, the parties disagree on who is at fault, making the case harder to resolve. But in a rear end accident, fault is usually crystal clear—it’s almost always the driver in the back. Usually this person’s aggressive driving or inattentiveness led to the accident.
There are, of course, situations where the accident is the front driver’s fault, usually because the front driver made some maneuver such as a sudden lane change, and the rear driver didn’t have enough time to react.
What financial recovery can I get in rear end accident claim in Stockbridge?
If you are injured in an accident that’s not legally your fault, you can recover all of the costs of that accident. This will often include:
- Medical costs
- Prescription drugs
- Rehabilitation and physical therapy
- Auto repairs or replacing a totaled car
- Lost wages if you had to take time off from your job because of the accident
If your injuries are especially serious, the local courts may award you additional money damages for pain, suffering, disabilities or other severe losses. We know that money alone can’t truly compensate you for what you’ve lost, but it can provide financial stability that will ease your stress and help you pay for the care you need.
You should know that it is highly unlikely that the other driver’s insurance company will offer to pay you what your claim is really worth. Insurance companies are more worried about making a profit than about making sure you get the care you need. We often talk to accident victims who took an insurance company’s offer, only to discover that their treatment would cost thousands of dollars more than they had received. Because of this, we highly recommend that you speak to a lawyer before you accept money or sign any paperwork from an insurance company.
Is there a time limit for filing a rear end accident claim in Stockbridge?
Any type of accident claim must be filed before the deadline established by state and federal law. This deadline, known as the “statute of limitations,” is usually two years, but in some cases you only have a few months to make a claim. If you miss the deadline, you are no longer allowed to recover money for your injuries. To avoid this serious consequence, speak to a lawyer as soon as you can.
Speak to a Stockbridge Rear End Collision Accident Lawyer for Free
At John Foy & Associates, our only goal is to assist accident victims in getting the help they need. We’d like to show you how we can help you. Come see us for a free consultation and we’ll talk about 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.