An unexpected hit from a vehicle from behind can cause serious injuries to you and the occupants of your vehicle. Rear-end car accidents are the most common type of crash accident on the roadways – the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates close to 40% of accidents are rear-end crashes. If you were injured in a rear-end car accident in Merced, you need to know who is at fault and your legal options.
Causes of a Rear-End Car Accident
In most cases, the cause of a rear-end car accident is negligent driving by the driver of the impacting vehicle. There are very few instances when the driver in the front vehicle is considered at-fault in rear-end crashes. Common causes of rear-end accidents include:
- Driver following too closely
- Using a cell phone
- Distracted driving
- Driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs
In almost all rear-end car accidents, the driver who hits the car in front of them is at fault. Unless the driver in front suddenly slams on the brakes for no reason, the driver from behind is at fault. Even when a vehicle stops suddenly, the driver behind should leave enough space to stop before rear-ending the car in front of them.
Were You Injured in a Merced Rear-End Care Accident?
If you were rear-ended in a Merced injury accident, you could have a claim against the other driver for damages. Injuries common in a rear-end car accident include whiplash, back and neck injuries, head/brain trauma, spinal cord injury and bone fractures. You could face extensive medical bills, time lost from your job and ongoing medical issues that impact your quality of life. It is important to have legal help to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve in your accident claim against the negligent driver to cover the damages.
You do not need to face serious injuries from a rear-end car accident alone. Let our legal team at Maison Law help you recover the compensation you need to pay medical bills and other costs associated with your injury accident. You can call our Merced office to schedule a free consultation – we never charge you a fee unless we recover compensation for your injuries.