Being struck from the rear in a car accident represents one of the most common car accident scenarios. The likely injuries a victim may sustain in a rear-end collision include traumatic brain injuries (TBI), back injuries, whiplash, fractures and others. These often require lengthy and costly medical treatment and lost time from work. Losses in rear-end collisions also include the repair or replacement of the damaged vehicle.
At Strickland Agner Pittman, we represent victims of rear-end collisions in Goldsboro and surrounding areas of North Carolina. Our experienced car accident attorneys are dedicated to recovering maximum financial compensation for those we represent.
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Common Causes of Rear End Car Accidents in Goldsboro
The most common causes of rear end collisions include:
- Driver distraction.
- Following too closely.
- Improper lane changes.
- Driving too fast for conditions.
- Abrupt stopping.
- Dangerous avoidance maneuvers.
- Response time and braking patterns of drivers.
- Improper intersection braking.
According to studies by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), when the driver of a decelerating lead vehicle applied the brakes, the driver of the following vehicle reacts by applying the brakes as well. However, when the driver of the lead vehicle abruptly applies the brakes, this leaves little time for the driver of the following vehicle to brake in time to avoid a rear-end collision if the driver is following too closely.
Distracted driving often plays a major role in rear-end collisions. There often isn’t enough time to come to a full stop when drivers take their attention off of traffic in front of them.
Following too closely and driver distraction seem to go hand in hand when these types of collisions occur. Thirty one percent of distraction-related rear-end collisions involve the use of cell phones or some other wireless device. A few of the most common types of driver distractions include reaching for a cigarette, daydreaming, rubbernecking or looking at another previous accident on the side of the road, applying makeup, shaving and tending to children in the car.
Injuries Suffered by Victims of Rear End Crashes
Whiplash, a common injury sustained by victims of rear-end collisions, refers to a range of neck injuries. If you have been struck in a rear-end crash, and you are experiencing neck or back pain, pins and needles in your arms or legs, or headaches, you may have suffered a whiplash injury.
These injuries are caused by a stretching of the spine when the head snaps forward and backward in a whip-like motion. This is known as a cervical acceleration-deceleration injury. Many times, soft tissue injuries such as whiplash may take days or even weeks to become noticeable.
Brain injuries are also a commonly suffered by victims of rear-end collisions. These may be suffered when the head hits the windshield, side window, steering wheel, dashboard or other hard surface. Herniated discs, back sprains and back strains may also result from a rear-end crash. These can require extensive medical treatment, lost time at work and the need for extensive rehabilitation.
Liability for Rear End Crashes in NC
It is almost always the driver of the vehicle that strikes another vehicle from behind who is found liable for a rear-end crash. The law requires drivers to maintain a safe following distance that allows them enough time and space to stop without striking the vehicle ahead of them.
The likelihood that the driver of the lead vehicle in a rear-end collision will be held liable are small. However, some circumstance, such as abruptly applying the brakes in an intentional effort to be struck from behind, are among the few instances in which the driver of the lead vehicle may be held liable.
At Strickland Agner Pittman, we are prepared to conduct a full investigation of the accident scene, interview witnesses and recreate a simulation of the accident to determine the exact cause and determine who is truly at fault.
Hurt in a Rear End Accident? Our Goldsboro Lawyers Can Help
If you or a loved one has been injured in a rear-end collision in the Goldsboro area, it is crucial that you seek legal advice from an experienced law firm like Strickland Agner Pittman. Find out how we can help you get the compensation you deserve after a rear-end accident.
It is critical to talk with our firm before discussing the accident with an insurance company representative or making a statement about what occurred. At Strickland, Agner & Associates, we level the playing field for injured victims of rear-end accidents.
There is no up-front charge for our services. We are paid only when we recover compensation for you. Strickland Agner Pittman provides free consultations to car accident victims in Goldsboro and surrounding areas. Let us give you peace of mind and the compassionate, professional legal advice that you need.
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