Rear-End Collision Lawyers in Dallas
Among all the types of car accidents that commonly occur, rear-end collisions are one of the most dangerous. This kind of accident happens when one car directly smashes into the back of the vehicle they are following behind. This could happen for a number of different reasons. One reason for these accidents is that the following driver is speeding. Both speeding and excessive lane changes frequently result in rear-end accidents, because these cars are following so closely behind other vehicles that it makes it difficult to brake in enough time to avoid hitting the vehicle in front. Another common cause of rear-end collisions is that drivers will get distracted and take their eyes off of the road.
When a driver looks away to look at their phone, the radio or to pick something up off of the floor, they run the risk of failing to see brake lights. Those who don't notice the brake lights of the car in front of them will likely hit them. This brings up another occurrence, and that is when drivers fail to replace or repair their tail lights. A majority of the time, a rear-end accident is 100 percent the fault of the person traveling behind. Liability may be partially shifted if the driver who was hit from behind failed to replace their tail lights to working condition.
Tailgating is the cause of one third of all rear-end collisions. While this is not illegal in all states, you can actually be ticketed in some areas for participating in this unsafe driving practice. Tailgating is seen as a directly negligent action, because it does not take into consideration the very real risk of crash. This practice is actually seen as reckless driving and even can be used as a way to intimidate other drivers intentionally. Not only is tailgating dangerous for the driver in the front, but the driver who is doing the tailgating is at risk. When a car is tailgating a vehicle larger than them, especially a commercial vehicle, then a rear-end collision could potentially cause more damage to the vehicle tailgating rather than the vehicle being tailgated.
It is more common for the passengers in the car that was impacted to suffer from injuries. Whiplash is the most common type of injury resulting from these collisions. This occurs when the muscles of the neck are stretched beyond their normal range of motion. It will likely result in stiffness and pain that lasts about a week. It may not be felt immediately after the accident because it is common symptoms to delay until the next day. Catastrophic injuries can also be common, especially for those passengers traveling in the back seat of the vehicle that was impacted. This is especially true of minivans because they have less buffer room between the trunk and the back seat.
Who is liable in a rear-end accident?
Rear-end collisions are almost always the fault of the person who was following behind, but there are a few exceptions. For one, these accidents can take place in parking lots when one driver is backing out of a space. The cars traveling down the parking lot aisles have the right of way, and if a car backs into the front of a vehicle, even though they were hit from behind, the driver backing out of the space would be held liable for the damages. Those involved in car accidents should file claims to get the full amount of compensation for injuries and damage to their vehicle. Call our firm today and speak with a Dallas personal injury attorney to learn more about how we can help you maximize your recovery.