Owings Mills Rear End Collision Lawyer
Car accidents happen every day. The most common types of crashes are rear-end collisions. These accidents occur when a driver hits the rear of a vehicle in front of them. They tend to happen at a red light, a stop sign, or in heavy traffic. While they mostly occur at low speeds, they can happen at high speeds as well, resulting in serious injuries.
Rear-end accidents are often downplayed and called “fender benders.” However, many rear-end crashes are catastrophic or deadly and therefore need to be taken more seriously. If you have been affected, get the help you need from the Owings Mills rear end collision lawyers at Furman | Honick Law.
Causes of Rear-End Accidents
Most rear-end crashes happen because drivers aren’t paying attention. They’re distracted by their phones, radio, passengers, and pets. They may be eating, drinking, reading, or grooming as well. Some other causes of rear-end crashes include:
- Drunk driving. Being under the influence of alcohol can affect judgment and coordination and make it harder for a person to drive safely.
- Aggressive driving. Tailgating, speeding, and sudden braking can all lead to a rear-end accident.
- Driver fatigue. When a driver is overly tired, they are not paying attention to the road, which could cause them to hit the vehicle in front.
- Hazardous weather conditions. Heavy rain, ice, snow, and fog can make it harder to see and stop in time to avoid an accident.
In most cases, liability for a rear-end accident falls on the driver in the rear, since they were tailgating and not leaving enough space to stop in time. However, there is one main exception: when the lead driver’s negligence causes the accident. This can happen in several ways:
- The lead driver engages in brake checking, or hits the brakes for no known reason.
- The lead driver suddenly goes into reverse.
- The brake lights on the lead driver’s vehicle are not working properly.
Types of Injuries
A rear-end accident can cause the following injuries:
- Whiplash and other neck injuries. The soft tissues in the neck can get strained, sprained, or torn.
- Broken bones. The arms, legs, and face can get broken in a rear-end crash.
- Back injuries. Muscles, joints, and soft tissue can get injured in a crash.
- Brain injuries. The impact of a crash can cause a person to hit their head on a steering wheel, dash, or window, causing serious head injuries.
- Spinal injuries. Discs can get compressed, resulting in pain, weakness, and even paralysis.
Contact Furman | Honick Law Today
Rear-end accidents are often seen as minor, but they can be very serious. A person can suffer whiplash, broken bones, head trauma, and other injuries.
The team at Furman | Honick Law can help you obtain compensation for your rear-end accident. We can assist you with liability and compensation issues. To schedule a free consultation, get in touch with our Owings Mills rear end collision lawyers today by filling out the online form or calling (410) 844-6000.