Rear-End Accidents: Los Angeles & Nationwide
Rear-end collisions are extremely common. Someone stops suddenly due to traffic or to avoid an unexpected hazard and the car behind them, driving too closely or failing to pay close enough attention to the road, is unable to stop or swerve in time. Rear-end crashes happen on the freeway and on local roads, as well as in parking lots and garages. Even at low speeds, rear-end accidents can lead to painful, debilitating conditions requiring extensive medical care.
If you or someone you care about has been hurt in a rear-end accident in Los Angeles, the Southern California rear-end collision legal team at Morris Law Firm is ready to hear from you. We will investigate the circumstances of your accident, gather evidence and witnesses, represent you in court and across the negotiation table, and work to ensure that you get the maximum compensation possible for your injuries. You do not have to shoulder the burden of your medical bills, chronic pain, and other harm resulting from a rear-end accident. The auto injury attorneys at Morris Law Firm are ready to help.
What is a Rear-End Accident?
A rear-end accident occurs when the front of one vehicle collides with the rear of another vehicle, often at a stoplight, in a parking garage, or as a result of wet or icy roads. Rear-end collisions can be dangerous even at low speeds, leading to a variety of injuries.
Who is Liable for a Rear-End Accident?
As a default rule, the car in back is generally considered at fault for a rear-end collision. Drivers are expected to pay attention to vehicles and other objects on the road in front of them, and to give other vehicles enough space so they can stop or swerve should vehicles in front make a sudden stop. Rear-end collisions often occur because the driver in back was tailgating or was driving while distracted by their phone or something else.
Not every case is the same, however. If a driver in front makes a sudden stop for no reason, or because they were driving recklessly or negligently at the time, then they might be to blame for any resulting accident. Liability depends on the facts of each case, which is why it is important to have a seasoned car accident lawyer in your corner to present your strongest case for recovery.
The Dangers of Whiplash Injury
Whiplash is a neck injury that occurs when the neck bends forcibly forward and then backward, or vice versa, sending the head in a whip-like motion. The overextension of the neck damage the muscles, discs, nerves, and tendons in the neck, upper spine, and shoulders. Whiplash often occurs in rear-end collisions because the car seat pushes the victim’s torso forward while the head swings backward and then forward again. Whiplash injury can lead to neck stiffness, pain in the neck, shoulder, or back, dizziness, numbness in the extremities, pain in the arms or hand, blurred vision, and neurological conditions including concentration issues, irritability, and trouble sleeping.
The dangerous part about rear-end collisions is that they can lead to whiplash injury even at low speeds. A rear-end crash can cause a person’s torso to jut forward while their head swings backward; due to the physics involved in the whip-like motion, the victim’s head may travel at multiple times the speed of either of the vehicles involved. Even a “fender-bender” at 10-15 mph can send a victim’s head flying at much greater speeds, putting severe strain on their neck, shoulders, and spine. Whiplash injury is extremely common in all rear-end collisions, regardless of the speed at which the vehicles collided.
Call Morris Law Firm After a Rear-End Crash in Los Angeles or Southern California
If you or someone you love is among the thousands of motorists injured in rear-end collisions every year, the Southern California rear-end accident legal team at Morris Law is here to help. We provide individualized, tailored service for each of our clients to best serve their claims. We give each case our undivided attention to ensure that our clients have the best chance to secure the maximum compensation available. Call us today at 747-283-1144 for a fast response or fill out our online contact form to schedule your free consultation.