Rear-end accidents are the most common type of car accident in the United States – about 2.5 million every year.
A rear-end accident usually happens at low speeds. When a vehicle is hit from behind, it often results in whiplash to the occupants. Often times these collisions are the result of a driver’s negligence, such as:
- Talking on a cell phone
- Failure to use due care
- Failure to maintain a safe distance
- Not paying attention
Rear-end accidents that take place on the freeways are particularly considered the most dangerous – traffic will bottleneck and cause vehicles to abruptly stop. Commercial vehicles, such as semi tractor-trailers or 18-wheelers need to leave adequate space between themselves and the vehicles traveling in front of them – because if they are involved in an accident, it will result in a horrific injury or even death.
Generally speaking, most cases are caused by the driver of the rear car either following too closely and/or driving too fast to allow them to come to a safe stop if the driver in front stops suddenly. In the majority of these cases, the rear driver is 100% liable due to this or her failure to drive in such a way as to have time to stop safely.
If you have been rear-ended by another driver, it’s always best to discuss your case with an experienced attorney before anyone else. Contact the personal injury attorneys at Welebir | Tierney, the laws can become complicated and a car accident attorney will ensure your best interests are covered.
Instead of waiting to see what the effects could be from getting rear-ended, it’s important to speak with a Redlands and San Bernardino county rear end collision attorney as soon as you can. The sooner you are able to get the evidence in order that shows that you are not at fault for the accident the better.