Orange County Rear-End Accident Attorney
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were approximately 6.7 million motor vehicle crashes in 2018. One-third of these crashes were rear-end collisions. A rear-end collision occurs when a vehicle crashes into the one front of it. When occupants in a vehicle are struck from behind, they can suffer serious injuries that significantly impact all aspects of their lives.
Drivers and passengers of vehicles that are struck from behind in rear-end collisions often suffer injuries that change the course of their lives forever. If you or someone you care for has been injured in a rear-end collision, the Irvine attorneys at the Law Offices of Samer Habbas & Associates may be able to help. With multiple offices located in Irvine, Los Angeles, El Segundo, San Diego and Riverside, our lawyers represent victims of rear-end accidents across Southern California. For more information or to schedule a free consultation, please call 949-727-9300.
Common Factors Contributing to Rear-End Accidents
Typical scenarios for rear-end accidents are a sudden deceleration by the first car so that the driver behind it does not have time to brake and collides with it. Alternatively, the following car may accelerate more rapidly than common factors contributing to rear-end collisions include:
- Inattention or distraction.
- Panic stops.
- Reduced traction due to wet weather or worn pavement.
Common Rear-End Collision Causes
Increasingly, rear-end collisions are caused by drivers distracted by texting and/or talking on their cell phones. Other causes of rear-end collisions include the following:
- Burned out brake and tail lights on the impacted vehicle.
- Eating while driving.
- Changing the radio station.
- Front vehicle slamming on breaks.
- Front vehicle accidentally in reverse-gear.
- Distractions from kids.
- Arguing with other occupants of the vehicle.
- Malfunctioning brakes, accelerator or other mechanical problem.
- Weather conditions.
- Worn or slick pavement.
- Road rage.
- Front vehicle making a false-start.
- Drowsy driving.
- Other situations where a driver becomes distracted and fails to stop in time.
Common Types of Injuries Caused By Rear-End Accident
Rear-end collisions can result in severe injuries to the victim who is rear-ended. Depending on the severity of the impact, the victims may suffer injuries that seriously impact all aspects of their lives. One of the common injuries associated with rear-end accidents is whiplash. More than 20 percent of rear-end accident victims suffer from various degrees of whiplash injuries. Other types of injuries suffered in this type of accident include:
- Broken or fractured bones.
- Head trauma, such as traumatic brain injury.
- Neck injuries.
- Back injuries.
Recovering from any of these injuries can involve extensive medical treatment. Paying your treatment bills can also get very expensive. The legal team at the Law Offices of Samer Habbas & Associates is dedicated to fighting to obtain the full extent of compensation our clients deserve.
Finding Fault in a Rear-End Collision
A driver at fault is generally the individual who violated a traffic law due to speeding, distracted driving, running a stop sign, etc. Finding fault in rear-end accidents is typically simpler than other types of accidents. But fault is not automatically placed on the motorist behind the car that was hit. Insurance companies will take any steps and measures possible to deny liability and avoid having to pay out on a claim – even when their insured rear-ended another car. As such, if you were seriously injured in a rear-end collision, it is best to immediately hire an experienced accident attorney to make sure that you get full compensation from the party at-fault for the crash.
Since fault in a rear-end collision is not automatic, your car accident attorney may need to depend on specific types of evidence to clear liability. Your lawyer may need to refer to the following to prove the negligence of the driver who rear-ended you:
- Rules of the broad that were broken or violated.
- The speed the vehicles were traveling at the time of the crash.
- Damage to the vehicles involved in the crash.
- Statements from witnesses to the rear-end collision.
- Police report.
- Accident reconstruction expert – especially if liability is hotly disputed or the accident into a multi-vehicle crash.
Frequently Asked Rear-End Accident Questions
- What do I say when an insurance adjuster calls? — Soon after an accident claim is filed, you should be expecting a call from the other party’s insurance adjuster in an attempt to try and get a statement that they can hold against you in the case. The best thing to do would be to refer all calls to your retained Orange County accident attorney. If you haven’t already hired an auto accident attorney, here are some helpful tips for your first conversation.
- How long do I have after my accident to file a claim? — In the state of California, anyone who has suffered a personal injury due to an automobile accident will have only two years to file a lawsuit for damages in accordance with California Code of Civil Procedure Section 335.1. Once that statutory period has passed, that individual will lose his or her right to sue for damages or any other type of relief.
- What are my rights if I was a passenger in the accident? — Most people don’t realize that passengers in an accident also may be entitled to compensation for their injuries and other accident related expenses. The process for a “third-party car insurance claim” is just like any other type of car accident claim. The only difference is that the passenger might have the option of filing the claim against both drivers if it was a two-car accident. (Read more.)
Contact an Experienced Orange County Rear-End Collision Lawyer
The injuries caused by rear-end collisions, even at very low speeds, can cause medical problems that last a lifetime. Whiplash syndrome, disc herniation and other conditions often result in the accident victims unable to work at their former jobs or enjoy their favorite leisure activities. Victims frequently experience negative impacts on their quality of life.
If you or someone you know for is struggling with medical bills, lost wages and other collision-related expenses resulting from a rear-end accident caused by another party, contact an Orange County lawyer to help you recover the compensation you are entitled to under the law.
For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our experienced Irvine attorneys, please call 949-727-9300. The Law Offices of Samer Habbas & Associates is dedicated to helping victims receive the best compensation for their injustice. With multiple offices located in Irvine, Los Angeles, El Segundo, San Diego and Riverside, our lawyers represent victims of rear-end collisions across Southern California.