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What Kinds of Negligence can Cause Rear-End Accidents?

Rear-end accidents are among the most commonly occurring types of motor vehicle collisions in the United States. They generally occur with little to no warning to the occupants of the vehicle in front, often resulting in serious injuries. In many cases, these accidents occur through no fault of the vehicle that is struck and can happen when vehicles are slowing down or coming to a stop under completely normal conditions.

The types of injuries that can be sustained in a rear-end accident include broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, soft tissue injuries, and whiplash. In some cases, rear-end collisions may leave victims with medical expenses in the tens of thousands of dollars and the inability to work for an extended period of time, as well as significant damage to their vehicle. Fortunately, in many cases, people who are hurt in an Atlanta rear-end accident area able to recover for these and other losses associated with car wrecks by filing a personal injury claim against the person or party responsible for their injuries.

While liability may be uncontested in many rear-end collisions, it is important for victims to retain an experienced Atlanta personal injury attorney in order to ensure that they recover as much compensation as possible. Insurance companies are in the business of making money and train their adjusters to minimize their legal liability.

By retaining an attorney who is familiar with litigating car accident claims, you can rest assured that your legal rights will be protected and you will receive the full value of your car accident claim. To schedule a free consultation with one of our car accident attorneys, call Goldstein & Hayes today at (404) 869-8600.

Examples of driver negligence that can cause rear-end accidents

As is the case in all personal injury matters, a plaintiff must be able to establish that his or her accident was the result of some sort of negligence on the part of the defendant. Generally speaking, the driver in the rear vehicle is at fault for the accident, although there some situations in which the driver of the vehicle in front or a vehicle manufacturer could be at fault as well. Some of the more common examples of the kinds of driver negligence that can lead to rear-end accidents include:

  • Distracted driving;
  • Following too closely;
  • Failure to properly maintain a vehicle;
  • Ignoring poor weather conditions;
  • Text messaging while driving;
  • Eating while driving; and
  • Impaired driving.

It may be necessary to gather evidence indicating that a driver was negligent after a rear-end accident. The types of evidence that could potentially be used to establish fault include cell phone records, video footage, eyewitness accounts, or vehicle maintenance records. An experienced lawyer will be able to review your case and determine whether any evidence of negligence exists and obtain it if necessary.

Contact an Atlanta car accident attorney today to schedule a free consultation

People who are injured in car accidents are often legally entitled to significant financial compensation for their injuries and other losses. To schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, call Goldstein & Hayes today at (404) 869-8600.