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Atlanta, Georgia Rear End Car Accident Lawyer

According to the United Transportation Union, there is a rear-end collision every eight seconds in the United States. On average, 2.5 million rear-end collisions occur each year and account for between 29 and 30 percent of all car accidents. This makes rear-end accidents the third leading cause of all car wrecks.

Rear-end accidents, like any other car accidents, can cause serious injury or harm. Rear-end collisions can even result in lasting physical damage when the accidents occur at relatively slow speeds. For those who suffer serious or permanent injury as a result of a rear-end crash, the consequences of the accident can be devastating. The law allows you to obtain compensation from the person responsible for the collision but you will need an experienced Atlanta auto accident lawyer to help you get the money you deserve. At Sammons & Carpenter, P.C., our dedicated and experienced Atlanta Car Accident Lawyers are here to help you with your case.

The Dangers of Rear End Car Accidents
Rear end car accidents occur when a driver hits the rear bumper or back of the vehicle that is in front of him. These types of car accidents can occur for many different reasons including:
  • Distracted drivers. A driver focused on something in the vehicle, like sending a text or entering an address into a GPS, may not realize the vehicle he is following has slowed or stopped. The distracted driver could hit the rear of the lead vehicle;
  • Following too closely. Also called tailgating, this is a top cause of distracted driving accidents. When a driver tailgates, he often doesn’t have time to brake when the car in front needs to slow or stop. A three to four second minimum following distance is generally recommended to avoid rear end crashes caused by tailgating, but a longer following distance may be required in bad weather;
  • Rapidly accelerating drivers. When a driver is too eager to get going again after a red light, the driver may speed up before the car in front and hit that vehicle. Rapidly accelerating drivers also increase the risk of a crash when the speed limit changes;
  • Vehicles with a slow stopping distance. This is especially a problem for trucks. Trucks tend to have a much longer stopping distance than cars do because trucks have more momentum. Slamming on the brakes can also make it harder for trucks to stop since trucks typically have a different kind of brakes called air brakes. If a truck or other vehicle has a long stopping distance, then the vehicle is more likely to rear end another car; and,
  • Speeding. When a driver is speeding, he has more momentum and thus has a harder time stopping on time.
Rear and accidents are especially likely to occur at intersections, on highways and highway off-ramps and in heavy traffic areas.  

Rear End Crashes Put Everyone at Risk

Rear end accidents can cause injury both for the driver in front and for the driver in the rear vehicle. Some of the common injuries that occur as a result of a rear-end crash include:
  • Whiplash. This is one of the most common injuries after a rear end crash. It occurs when your neck is thrown forward too quickly and then backward too quickly, damaging the spinal discs, muscles, ligaments and soft tissues in the neck. Whiplash can be a persistent and ongoing problem but is unfortunately difficult to prove and many insurers are reluctant to pay claims arising from whiplash. An Atlanta, Georgia Rear End Car Accident Attorney at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. can help you to make a claim arising from an accident that causes whiplash;
  • Soft tissue injuries. Whiplash is the most well-known type of soft tissue damage, but other soft tissue injuries can also occur and are very common in rear end crashes. Soft tissue injuries can even occur when an accident occurs at slow speeds since the muscles, ligaments and joints in the body can absorb the impact of a crash; and,
  • Air bag injuries. Young children, especially, are at risk of being seriously injured or even killed by an air bag that deploys. Air bags commonly are triggered by rear end crashes, including those that occur at slow speeds.
Those who are victims of a rear-end crash can also suffer other common auto accident injuries including bone fractures, back injuries, lacerations and brain injuries. The more serious the injury, the more compensation should be available and the more important it is to consult with an Atlanta Car Accident Lawyer.

Getting Legal Help from an Atlanta Car Accident Lawyer For Your Rear End Collision

In almost every rear-end accident, it is the driver in the back vehicle who is considered at fault for the accident. This is because drivers are required to maintain a safe distance between their car and the lead vehicle. If a rear-end crash occurs, the rear driver by definition did not leave a safe following distance.  However, you should still have a legal professional represent you even if proving fault is easy, because your Atlanta Car Accident Lawyer can help you to understand your rights and maximize your compensation.

In other instances, however, the driver in the front plays a role in causing a rear-end crash. This can occur, for example, when the front driver cut you off or slammed on his brakes without reason. When the driver in front was fully or partially responsible for a crash, it is absolutely essential to be represented by an Atlanta, Georgia Rear End Car Accident Attorney so you can prove fault and obtain the compensation you deserve.

Regardless of whether you were the driver in the front or in the rear, an Atlanta Car Accident Attorney from Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. can represent you and help you to obtain the maximum compensation available given the circumstances of your case.

To learn more about how we can help, give us a call at (404) 991-5950 or contact us online today to set up a free consultation.

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