Rear-end accidents are one of the most common types of collisions both in Tucker and across the United States. And with a dramatic recent increase in distracted driving, rear-end collisions are a huge concern for drivers. In many situations, there’s very little, if anything, you can do to avoid a rear-end collision if you’re the one that was hit. This realization can be very frustrating, especially when you have to deal with medical bills, lost wages, and more after the accident. In those situations, you need to talk to a Tucker rear-end accident lawyer to learn more about your legal options.
John Foy & Associates understands what you’re going through because we have seen it time and time again. We know that you may face severe financial hardships if you can’t work or have to pay high medical bills after a car accident. We want to help. In fact, we have been helping victims just like you for over 20 years. Put that experience and knowledge to work for you. Let us give you a free consultation. Call us at 404-400-4000 and get your free consultation today.
What kind of injuries are common in a rear-end accident?
Every case is different, but rear-end accidents happen so frequently in Tucker that some of the same types of injuries happen over and over again. Below are some of the most common injuries caused by rear-end crashes.
You may have heard some of the negative stigmas of asserting that you have whiplash after a car accident. But, whiplash really is a serious injury that can leave you sore, and it may even cause chronic pain in your neck and upper back for years to come.
Whiplash is by far the most common injury that occurs as a result of a rear-end collision. It’s caused by the over-stretching and then contracting of the muscles, ligaments, and tendons in the neck, shoulders, and upper back. In rear-end accidents, that action is often quick and violent, which may lead to long-term damage.
2. Back injuries.
Back injuries are very common after any type of car accident, but many people are surprised to learn that they can be caused by even slow-moving accidents. Rear-end crashes could result in chronic back problems even if the crash itself was relatively minor. The force of the impact often compresses the spine toward the lower part of your back. This pressure may simply cause some soreness, or it could bother you for years into the future.
3. Head and brain injuries.
Head injuries are common in rear-end accidents because the force of the crash pushes your entire body forward, which often means that your head hits whatever is in front of it—the steering wheel, the dashboard, or the back of the chair in front of you. Even airbags can cause head injuries.
When your head is propelled forward, it can cause cuts, scrapes, and it can also lead to more severe head trauma, including internal bleeding. You should keep in mind that not all head injuries are obvious. It’s always a good idea to get checked out by a doctor as soon as you can after a crash.
4. Other soft tissue injuries.
A soft tissue injury is any harm that doesn’t result in a visible problem to the bones or internal organs. Some of the most common soft tissue injuries after a rear-end accident are:
Any damage that affects the muscles, tendons, and ligaments, but doesn’t result in a tear or break is considered a soft tissue injury. Whiplash, for example, is actually a combination of several soft-tissue injuries.
Sudden trauma like blows to your body will often result in soft tissue injuries. Although this type of damage is hard to see, it’s certainly easy for you to feel.
What do I have to do to prove my rear-end accident case?
Proving fault isn’t automatic in a rear-end accident. But, in this type of case, it’s often easier to show how the accident happened and why. In many cases, for example, the rear-end collision occurred merely because the car behind you wasn’t paying attention or was following too close. Even if you suddenly brake to react to an emergency situation, the other car should be following far enough back to be able to respond to your sudden stop.
Even though proving rear-end accidents is often easier, you still have to go through the basics of showing fault and negligence in a car accident. This includes proving:
- The other party had a duty to act with care toward you
- The driver didn’t fulfill that responsibility
- Their failure caused your accident
- You suffered damages because of the crash
In car accident cases, every driver owes other drivers a duty of care. That means that they must drive in a way that will not endanger others and is appropriate for the conditions of the road. When drivers do things like text and drive, speed, or follow too closely, then they are violating their duty to everyone on the road to drive safely. When that carelessness causes an accident, you may have a legal claim.
How long do I have to start my rear-end accident case?
In most cases, you have two years from the date of the accident to bring your case into court. But, that deadline is to file a lawsuit – not see a lawyer. That means that you should talk to your attorney long before that deadline. In fact, getting a lawyer involved earlier can help with the investigation process, and it will often help you conclude your case faster, sometimes without ever having to file a lawsuit.
Talk to a Tucker Rear-End Collision Lawyer
John Foy & Associates is ready and waiting to talk to you about your case. There is no obligation to retain us after you meet with us. Learn more about your legal rights after a rear-end accident. Let us give you a FREE consultation. Call us at 404-400-4000 or fill out the form to your right and get your FREE consultation today.