Baton Rouge Rear-End Collision Lawyers
One of the most common types of car accidents is the rear-end collision. Thousands of drivers and passengers are involved in rear-end accidents each year that result in serious injuries and sometimes even death. In many cases, the cause of the rear-end accident is negligence. This means that one of the drivers involved in the accident failed to take proper care and precautions while driving, which resulted in the injury to another person and damage to their property.
If you’ve fallen victim to a rear-end accident we want to help you. The team at Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys in Baton Rouge, Ascension, Livingston, and Zachary has represented thousands of rear-end collision victims in Baton Rouge and throughout the state of Louisiana.
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What is a Rear-End Collision?
A rear-end collision or a rear-end car wreck occurs when a vehicle crashes into the back of the vehicle in front of it. This can happen at high or low speeds. An example of a rear-end collision could be a car stopped at a red light waiting patiently for the light to turn green when it is struck from behind by another vehicle.
Causes of Rear-End Collisions:
- Speeding- When a driver is traveling at a high rate of speed they are often unable to quickly brake and slow down when the car in front stops suddenly. In many cases it results in a dangerous rear-end collision features. There’s also a risk of danger when a driver is going the legal speed limit, but still too fast for the weather or road conditions.
- Tailgating- When a driver is not keeping a safe distance from the car ahead and is purposely tailgating the vehicle, this is a dangerous form of aggressive driving that can easily cause a rear-end collision.
- Distracted Driving- In the event that a driver is focusing on something other than the road, there can be disastrous consequences. If the driver is eating, texting, or talking on the phone, he or she would not be able to see or react to the sudden movements of the car in front of them with enough time to respond properly. Many times, this results in a rear-end collision.
- Drunk Driving- When a driver becomes intoxicated and gets behind the wheel his or her reaction time and driving skills become impaired. Additionally the driver may become drowsy and fall asleep due to intoxication. Either of these conditions can result in a rear-end accident when driving drunk.
- Drowsy Driving- Many people decide to get behind the wheel when they’re suffering from a lack of sleep and are tired. In the event that the fatigue is severe enough, the conditions can be the equivalent of the driver being intoxicated and result in a very dangerous rear-end collision.
- Weather Conditions- Drivers who fail to safely navigate the compromised roadways during unfavorable weather conditions like rain, ice, or fog can very easily lose control of their brakes and result in a rear-end accident.
Common Injuries Suffered in a Rear-End Collision:
- Whiplash and soft tissue damage
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Herniated disk, neck, and back injuries
- Face and head trauma from the dashboard or airbags
- Chest injuries from the steering wheel
- Carpal tunnel syndrome or broken arms from bracing for impact
- Fatal injuries
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What to do if You’ve Been Involved in a Rear-End Collision
Since fault is usually not a question in a rear-impact collision, insurance companies often resort to another tactic to minimize your case – THE LOW IMPACT DEFENSE.
In short, the insurance company will try to claim that the impact was not hard enough to cause the physical injuries you are suffering from. Since most of the time, the insurance company is aware that it was, in fact, their driver that caused your wreck, they use this tactic to avoid giving you the compensation that is rightfully yours.
Fortunately, we have encountered this situation plenty of times and we have yet to lose a case based on this defense tactic. We routinely use the best experts in biomechanics, accident reconstruction, and human factors to calculate and demonstrate the forces applied to your body during a rear-impact collision.