BOUCHER LAW FIRM
REAR END COLLISIONS
Rear end collisions are the most common type of automobile collision today usually due to the inattentiveness of the offending driver, increased use of cell phones, and other distractions of everyday driving or various options on newer vehicles. Evidence of the offending driver's fault is clearer in a rear-end collision than in any other type of vehicle accident. In most cases, the car that was hit was stopped at a stop light, at a stop sign, or in traffic. In general, the law presumes the rear-ending motorist is at fault because they failed to maintain a safe distance, was following too closely or failed to maintain a reasonable lookout for other vehicles.
Although there is clear evidence of fault, a rear-end accident victim's injuries can be challenging. Experienced representation can be an advantage. Some claim representatives will argue that since the vehicle or vehicles sustained little or no visible damage, the occupants could not be injured. Today, some bumpers are designed to protect the car and not necessarily the occupants. Or, the insurance company of the at fault driver will claim the other driver negligently created the hazard that the rear-ending driver could not avoid.
Vehicle occupants who are hit in rear-end collisions may suffer serious injuries:
* Soft tissue injuries such as whiplash or disc damage.
* Carpal tunnel injury due to the driver bracing for the impact.
* Ankle and knee injuries due to flexing legs and bracing for impact.
* Serious injuries to the head and face from air bag deployment, among other things.
Some cars might be designed to handle low speed impacts, but the human body is not. Claim representatives strive to minimize the company's liability exposure. Serious injuries can result from the so-called "minor impact".
If you or someone you care about has been injured in a rear-end collision call 888.825.6555 or 402.475.3865 for a free case evaluation. We handle injury cases only on a contingent fee basis - we get paid for our services only if we recover money for you.