What is a rear-end collision?

Rear-end collisions are one of the most common types of auto accidents. They usually occur when a motorist drives into the back of another vehicle. Although this type of collision usually occurs at a low speed, the health consequences can be severe; a rear-end collision that occurs at just five miles per hour can still cause significant injuries and pain. A person who has been in a rear-end collision should seek medical attention immediately after the accident.

How to determine who is at fault in rear-end accidents?

Although it is easy to automatically assume who is at fault in a rear-end collision, there may be some unique situations where the vehicle in the front carries some level of liability. For example, if the lead driver has slammed on the brakes without a valid reason, the driver in the back vehicle may not be the one responsible for the collision.

Still, most of the time the driver who rear-ends another vehicle is almost always going to be found negligent, and therefore at fault for the car accident. Furthermore, when determining the legal consequences, the degree to which the driver’s negligence contributed to the collision will be strongly considered.

What can a rear-end collision do to your body?

There are numerous serious medical consequences a rear-end collision can result in, ranging from whiplash to brain injury or permanent paralysis. Often, the injuries are not immediately apparent, so it is crucial to seek medical attention urgently after the accident occurs. Untreated injuries can lead to complex health issues including, but not limited to, a permanent loss of a full range of physical motion.

How to obtain compensation after a rear-end collision?

Getting compensation for injuries can be a complicated process. For that reason, the injured party should ensure that all of the medical documentation (including bills) has been collected and secured, as it will play a crucial role in determining the amount of monetary compensation that may be awarded as part of damages.

On the other hand, obtaining compensation for vehicle damage is usually quite straightforward and simple -- the liability is usually easily determined and the car damage is fairly objective. Consequently, car insurance companies pay a rear-end accident victim's vehicle damage claim soon after the accident.

To summarize, rear-end accidents take place when a driver collides with the beck of the vehicle in front of them. Although it is easy to assume that such collisions are not very serious due to the fact that they occur at relatively low speeds, they can lead to significant health problems and those involved should seek medical attention immediately. Furthermore, preserving and keeping track of all accident-related medical documentation is a crucial step in ensuring that the injured party can receive the compensation they deserve. When it comes to vehicle damages, most car insurance companies are able to pay a rear-end accident victim's vehicle damage claim quite quickly.

If you’ve been injured by a car, truck, 18 wheeler, or company vehicle, call DeSouza Law today at (210) 910-HURT or (361) 799-2222.