Goldsboro Rear-End Accident Lawyers
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, rear-end collisions occur more frequently than any other type of traffic accident. They account for almost 29 percent of all traffic collisions and commonly result in injuries and fatalities every year. They include crashes in which a vehicle is stopped or in very slow motion when hit from behind. These types of accidents were found to commonly be caused by distraction on the part of the rear driver. The lead driver can be slowing or stopped at a traffic light, stop sign, or due to traffic congestion when the rear driver fails to brake in time to avoid a collision.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a rear-end crash in or around the greater Goldsboro area, you can turn to Strickland Agner Pittman for the help you need in making a personal injury claim with your insurance company, the colliding driver’s insurance company, or against the at-fault driver. Our team of capable and tenacious attorneys has the depth of experience, skills, and resources you need to fight for the compensation to which you are entitled under North Carolina law.
Rear-End Traffic Accident Cases in North Carolina
Distraction is a major cause of rear-end accidents. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), three types of distraction occur in driving:
- Visual: This means taking your eyes off of the road or highway
- Manual: This means taking your hands off the steering wheel
- Cognitive: This means thinking about something else other than the task of driving
Examples of distracted driving can include:
- Hands-on cell phone talking
- Sending or reading texts
- Using your GPS
- Fiddling with other devices in your car
- Eating or drinking
- Reading maps
- Dealing with children or pets
- Talking with passengers
The above type of behaviors can involve all three types of distractions leading to the inability to brake promptly when needed. Other types of driving behaviors can lead to rear-end collisions, such as tailgating, weaving in and out of lanes, and speeding.
Rear-End Collision Injuries
Even at slower speeds, rear-end collisions can cause serious injuries to drivers and their passengers. Severe whiplash and neck injuries are common, as are head injuries where vehicles do not have operational airbags. Even with airbags, occupants can suffer injuries from the airbag deployment, such as facial, chest, neck, and back injuries, internal injuries, and burns from the sudden impact of the airbag material. In many cases, injuries may not appear immediately but develop over the next few days or weeks which is why you should never settle a claim with an insurance company without understanding the full extent of your injuries.
Furthermore, drivers may endure emotional trauma when seeing another vehicle approaching too fast while they are stopped or slowed with no path to get out of the way. Even without this factor, sudden collisions from the rear can cause emotional distress as well as serious property damage to one’s vehicle.
It is important to remember that insurers are eager to settle your claim fast and for as little as possible. Their adjusters work for their employer, not you.
Car accident claims can be complicated which is why it is vital to have a firm on your side whose sole job is pursuing your best interests, not the insurance company’s.
At Strickland Agner Pittman, we have a successful track record in obtaining positive settlements and trial verdicts for our clients.