Rear-End Car Accident Lawyers in Atlanta, Georgia
Rear-impact collisions are among the most common types of car crashes. Rear-end accidents, whether they occur at a high or low speed, have the potential to cause devastating injuries, or even death. Many of these rear-end car accidents occur due to acts of negligence such as driver distraction or inattention.
The Atlanta car accident attorneys at Mulholland & Sutlive, LLC consistently provides quality legal representation to our clients. In such cases, injured victims may be able to seek compensation for the injuries, damages, and losses they have sustained. Call us to find out how we can help you.
We can be reached at (770) 350-2691.
Why Rear-End Crashes Occur
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that nearly 40 percent of all car accidents in the United States are rear-end collisions. These numbers show that if you’re ever involved in a car accident, there is a high likelihood that it is a rear-end crash.
Here are some of the most common causes of rear-end accidents:
- Driver distractions: A distracted driver is at a heightened risk of causing a rear-end collision. Texting, eating, talking on the cell phone, fiddling with a GPS or temperature controls, grooming – are all examples of actions distract a driver. Even taking your eyes off the road for a few seconds can cause a devastating rear-end crash. A distracted driver may fail to see slowing traffic ahead and crash into the vehicle in front of them.
- Fatigued drivers: Motorists who are too exhausted or are dozing off while driving are extremely dangerous and are at high risk of causing a rear-end collision.
- Tailgating: It is against the law to tailgate or follow another car too close. If the vehicle in front of you needs to come to a sudden stop, you may not have enough time to react.
- Weather conditions: Snow, icy roadways, or heavy rain can hamper visibility and cause major injury rear-end collisions.
- Excessive speed: Drivers who go over the speed limit or drive at an unsafe speed also often end up causing rear-end collisions.
- Drunk driving: Motorists who are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs lack proper judgment when they are driving and could cause read-end collisions.
Rear-End Collision Injuries and Damages in Georgia
Whiplash is one of the most common injuries sustained in rear-end accidents. The nature and extent of injuries in rear-impact collisions depend on the speed of the striking vehicle and the impact of the collision. Some of the common injuries sustained in rear-impact crashes include soft tissue injuries, ankle and knee injuries, head injuries, spinal cord damage that could cause paralysis, broken bones, internal organ damage, and burn injuries.
Like any personal injury claim, the burden of proof in a car accident case rests on the plaintiff. This means the person who got hit must prove negligence on the part of the other driver. This can often be challenging and require a careful compilation and preservation of evidence. Injured victims of rear-end collisions could pursue compensation to help cover medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injuries, scarring and disfigurement, and pain and suffering.
Watch Examples of What It’s Like to Be in a Rear-End Accident
The Connecticut State Police posted a video to YouTube that showed students at the University of Hartford what it’s like to be in a car accident. Watch this video to get a better idea of how much safety a seat belt provides:
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