- posted: Aug. 18, 2023
- Car,Truck,Bus & Motorcycle Accidents
Rear-end collisions are one of the most prevalent kinds of motor vehicle accidents in New York, and they can take place anywhere at any time. However certain locations produce a higher chance of an accident occurring than others. Rear-end collisions happen most commonly at intersections due to inattentive drivers failing to obey a clearly designated stop sign or red traffic light. A driver who is texting, intoxicated, or careless may not see the traffic postage and cause an accident.
Rear-end crashes are also common on highways and freeways, where cars may be traveling at high speeds and unexpected, sudden stops can occur. This is where many drivers cause rear-end accidents by either being distracted or tailgating. When a driver is following too closely behind the vehicle in front, they have less time to react if the leading vehicle brakes or comes to a stop abruptly.
During peak hours, parking lots are another hot spot for rear-end collisions. Drivers may be too focused on finding a parking spot or avoiding pedestrians to see a stopped or slow-moving vehicle ahead of them. Finally, construction zones are another hotspot for these kinds of accidents. These zones are often closed-off lanes with lower speed restrictions, bright lights, trucks, debris, road items like cones, and other dangers in construction zones that make it challenging for motorists to navigate safely through these areas.
Rear-end collisions can cause significant damage and harm to a driver, depending on the severity of the accident. When a driver is hit from behind, the jarring, sudden motion of the car causes the head to snap forward and then back violently, often resulting in damage to the soft tissues of the neck. Rear-end collisions can also cause injuries to the back, including herniated discs, fractured vertebrae, and sprains or strains. The back injuries can cause further pain, and discomfort, and limit the mobility of the victim. These injuries can be extremely painful and may require extensive medical treatment. Additionally, a victim may suffer from head injuries such a mild concussion or a traumatic brain injury (TBI), particularly if they hit their head on the steering wheel or dashboard. This type of accident can also result in broken bones, specifically causing damage to the arms, legs, and wrists. These injuries can be excruciatingly painful and need substantial medical intervention such as surgery. Victims wearing a seatbelt at the time of their crash may also suffer from injuries to their shoulder and chest such as contusions, strain, sprains, or fractures due to the force of the collision. If an airbag were to deploy during a rear-end collision the driver may experience facial injuries such as lacerations, contusions, and possibly fractures to the facial bones.
A rear-end accident can also cause significant psychological trauma to a victim. Mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and a sudden fear of driving may arise due to the accident. These injuries can have long-term consequences on a person's mental health and quality of life.
Rear-end collisions are one of the most common types of motor vehicle accidents in the United States, and they can cause a wide range of injuries. As a law firm that represents victims of rear-end collisions, we have seen firsthand the devastating effects these injuries can have on a person's life. At our law firm, we have extensive experience representing victims of rear-end collisions in New York. We understand the physical, emotional, and financial toll these injuries can take, and we are dedicated to helping our clients get the justice and compensation they deserve.
If you have been involved in a rear-end collision, we can help you navigate the legal process and maximize your compensation. Our experienced personal injury lawyers will investigate the accident, gather evidence, and negotiate with the other party's insurance company to reach a fair settlement. If a settlement cannot be reached, we will file a lawsuit on your behalf to seek the compensation you deserve.