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Rear-End Accidents

There are numerous types of car accidents. One of the most common accidents is a rear end accident, which occurs when a car collides with the vehicle in front of it. In fact, over 25 percent of all accidents are these types of accidents. Indeed, more than one (1) million rear-end accidents occur in the United States each year. These accidents can be very traumatic, and result in injuries that dramatically change your quality of life. As such, rear-end accidents clearly result in substantial medical bills, lost wages, potential disability, and pain and suffering. The experienced attorneys at Slatter Law Firm will aggressively fight to recover the maximum compensation for your injuries.

Rear-end accidents are caused by various factors. Below is a description of the most common causes of these accidents.

  1. Defective brakes- Functioning brakes are necessary to avoid these accidents. Defective or faulty brakes result in loss of driving control, which causes a collision.
  2. Driving too fast- Excessive speed based on the traffic conditions is a primary cause for these accidents.
  3. Tailgating- Tailgating occurs when a car follows too closely behind a vehicle. Tailgating raises problems when the front car suddenly slows or stops. When this happens, tailgating makes it to avoid colliding with the front car.
  4. Distracted driving- Proper driving, including appropriate braking, requires drivers to be attentive and aware of their surroundings. However, drivers can become distracted by texting or using their phone; adjusting entertainment systems, or eating food. These distractions often result in drivers' failure to notice when the front vehicle slows or stops, resulting in these accidents.
  5. Tired driving- Fatigue causes slower reaction time and decreased focus on driving and the surroundings. Fatigue commonly results in rear-end accidents.
  6. Weather conditions- The weather conditions can cause poor visibility and slick or slippery roads. Poor visibility prevents drivers from noticing when the front car slows or stops. Slick roads cause vehicles to slide and lose control when suddenly braking.

Rear-end accidents are governed by the laws of negligence. The law requires motorists to drive with care, caution, and awareness of their surroundings. Generally, the rear vehicle is most often at-fault for these accidents based on their speeding, tailgating, or engaging in distracted driving. However, the front driver may be at-fault in particular scenarios. Below are examples when the front driver may be at-fault.

  1. Suddenly breaking- If the front vehicle suddenly stops and the rear vehicle cannot avoid collision, the front driver may be at-fault.
  2. Defective brake lights- Brake lights warn rear drivers of the need to stop. If the front vehicle's brake lights are faulty or not functioning, the front driver may be at-fault.
  3. Reversing into a vehicle: If the front vehicle suddenly reversed into a car, the front driver will likely be at-fault.
  4. Loss of control of car: If the driver of the front vehicle loses control of the vehicle, swerves into another lane, and collides with a rear vehicle, the front driver will likely be at-fault.

As shown above, many rear-end accidents are caused by the actions of the front driver and rear driver. If fault is shared between drivers, your compensation for your resulting injuries will be reduced by your percentage of fault. The insurance attorney will argue that you bear a greater share of fault than the other driver. As such, it is imperative that you hire an experienced accident attorney, who will thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding the accident, including obtaining witness statements, police reports, and expert accident reconstruction, to counter these arguments and obtain the maximum compensation for your injuries and damages.

Contact Us Today

Contact a Los Angeles personal injury attorney today if you or a loved one suffered an injury caused by a rear-end accident. Slatter Law Firm has been helping individuals injured due to car accidents throughout Los Angeles and Southern California for over four decades. To schedule a free consultation, call our office at (310) 444-3010 or contact us online.