Common Causes of Rear-End Collisions
The most common cause of rear-end car accidents in Massachusetts and elsewhere is distracted driving. Distracted driving can include texting behind the wheel, eating and drinking, using a handheld navigation device, tuning the radio, and more. Motorists who engage in these behaviors increase the likelihood of an otherwise preventable rear-end collision, because their reaction time becomes substantially delayed when their eyes and attention are not on the road.
Additional common causes of rear-end car accidents include:
- Impaired driving
- Drowsy driving
Liability for these driving behaviors often belongs to the driver of the rear vehicle in a rear-end collision. However, it is possible for other parties to bear partial or total responsibility for such accidents.
Who Can be Held Liable for a Rear-End Car Accident?
Rear-end collisions virtually always involve negligence of some kind. While the driver of the rear vehicle is most often responsible for such accidents, liability may belong to others in certain circumstances. All licensed motorists in Massachusetts and elsewhere owe a duty of care to others on the road – a duty to act reasonably and avoid foreseeable accidents. This duty of care requires drivers to remain vigilant and follow all rules of the road. Any driver who breaches their duty of care and thereby causes or contributes to an otherwise avoidable rear-end car accident could bear partial or total liability for the resulting damages.
The driver of the front vehicle in a rear-end collision may be found liable if they:
- Brake suddenly without reason
- Have broken taillights that make it hard or impossible for drivers behind them to tell when they are braking
- Travel at unreasonably slow speeds that make the road more dangerous for others
Liability may also belong to government entities responsible for road maintenance if poor road conditions contribute to a rear-end accident. For example, if inclement weather leaves a road icy, and the local government entities fail to deploy salt trucks in a timely manner, the local government may bear civil liability for any damages that result from a subsequent rear-end auto accident.
It takes a diligent team of attorneys to investigate a rear-end car accident and find evidence of liability. Photos of the accident scene, footage from nearby surveillance cameras, and witness testimony can help paint a picture of liability for a rear-end accident and should be trusted in the hands of a seasoned attorney.
Common Rear-End Collision Injuries
Rear-end car accidents can cause catastrophic injuries, especially when one crash causes a chain of collisions – known as a pile up. The driver of the front vehicle is likely to suffer whiplash in a rear-end auto accident, which is a type of spinal cord injury caused by a sudden jerk of the neck and may have lasting physical consequences. They may suffer additional injuries if their car is pushed into the back of another vehicle in a pile up accident.
What Damages Can You Recover after a Rear-End Accident?
Anyone who suffers damages in a rear-end collision caused by someone else’s negligence is entitled to pursue compensation from at-fault parties. Damages are the compensable losses someone suffers in a preventable accident.
Damages which might be recoverable after a serious rear-end car accident in Massachusetts include:
- Past and future medical bills
- Past and future rehabilitative care
- Lost wages and diminished earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Property damage
The team of rear-end car accident lawyers at CarAccident.Law can work with medical and vocational experts in our network to get an accurate assessment of your losses after a collision caused by negligence. An attorney can present those losses in a comprehensive demand package to insurance companies to ensure you get a fair settlement offer. If a fair settlement cannot be reached, our lawyers will not hesitate to take your rear-end car accident case to civil court. In either case, CarAccident.Law can help maximize your chances of obtaining comprehensive compensation from liable parties and their insurers. Let a rear-end accident attorney advocate for your right to recovery after a collision borne of negligence.
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