Can I Recover After a Rear-End Accident in Atlanta?
Rear-end collisions are one of the most common types of auto accidents. A rear-end collision occurs when the front end of one vehicle hits the back end of another vehicle, and are particularly common in urban areas with high levels of traffic signals, intersections, and high-density traffic. Though rear-end accidents are often considered to be less serious than other kinds of collisions, many victims of rear-end accident suffer serious injuries and vehicle damage. If you have suffered injury in a rear-end collision, you could be entitled to compensation from the responsible party and should contact an Atlanta auto accident lawyer as soon as possible.
The most common injury suffered is whiplash, which refers to a variety of injuries to the ligaments and soft tissues of the neck. This type of injury occurs when the head is suddenly thrown forward and then snaps back, like the cracking of a whip, which is common for the motorists in both cars during a rear-end accidents. Whiplash can be very painful and may require extensive recovery time and physical therapy. Victims of whiplash and other collision-related injuries may face costly medical bills or lost income if they are unable to work while recovering.
Causes of Rear-end Collisions
Rear-end accidents most often occur because the rear driver was negligent in some way. However, this is not always the case and many times the rear driver may also recover for injuries sustained in a rear-end accident. The following are some common causes of rear-end collisions:
• Following too closely
• Not paying attention to the road or traffic in front of you
• Falling asleep behind the wheel
• Brake failure
• Burned out brake lights in the front car
• Sudden lane changes that cut off another driver
• Hazardous road conditions, such as potholes
• Inadequately marked construction or speed zones
As you can see, not all of these are the fault of the rear driver, so all victims of a rear-end accident should always contact an attorney to discuss the possibility of compensation. An attorney can help determine who or what was actually responsible for the accident.
The experienced auto accident attorneys at Boling Rice LLC are dedicated to helping victims receive the settlements they deserve, so do not hesitate to call our office at (770) 744-0890 for help today.