Rear-end accidents injure thousands of people each year, sometimes seriously. Here are some answers to questions we often hear from potential clients who have been rear-ended by other drivers. For more information or to discuss the specifics of your case, call our offices today.
Is the Rear Driver Always at Fault in a Rear-End Accident?
You may have heard that the rear driver is always at fault in rear-end accidents. While it is the case that they are often at fault, it is not the case that they are at fault in every accident. Drivers do have a duty to maintain a safe distance between themselves and the vehicle in front of them, so many rear-end accidents are caused by the rear drivers. That said, if drivers in the front are driving without brake lights, stop suddenly, or engage in other actions that make avoiding a collision inevitable, they may be at fault.
Can Rear-End Accidents Cause Serious Injuries?
Yes! Even relatively minor rear-end accidents are capable of causing extremely serious injuries. In fact, many drivers who are rear-ended end up with whiplash, as the force of a rear-end impact can cause the head to snap back and forth on the neck like the cracking of a whip. Some other examples of injuries that are common in rear-end accidents include:
- Broken bones
- Facial lacerations
- Bruises and contusions
- Concussions and traumatic brain injuries
- Herniated Disks (Read our blog post titled "Herniated Disks, Car Accidents, and Insurance: Whats a good settlement?" for more information on the value of a herniated disk in an car accident
- Torn shoulder ligaments i.e., a torn labrum, torn rotator cuff
- Torn Knee Ligaments i.e., torn ACL's, torn MCL's, torn meniscus
- Spinal cord injuries
Will I Have to Go to Court to Recover Compensation for My Rear-End Car Accident?
Many victims are concerned that they will need to go to court to recover compensation for their accident. While there is always that chance that your case will end up in litigation, the reality is that most cases settle out of court. This is particularly true when liability is clear, as is often the case in rear-end collisions.
That said, you should always retain a Texas Rear-end Car Accident Lawyer after a rear-end collision, even if you are sure that your case is going to settle. Insurance companies are out to make money and will do everything they can to settle your case for as little as possible - or even deny your claim outright. An attorney from Rose Sanders Injury Law can handle your claim and protect your rights throughout the entire settlement process.
Can I Afford a Lawyer?
At Rose Sanders Injury Law, we take all of our rear-end accident cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that our clients never have to pay up front for legal representation. In addition, we will only collect legal fees if we win your case, so at no point will you have to pay out-of-pocket for our help.
Call Rose Sanders Car Accident Law Today to Speak with a Texas Car Accident Attorney
If you have suffered injuries in a rear-end accident, it’s in your best interests to contact an experienced lawyer as soon as you can. At Rose Sanders Injury Law, we are committed to helping people like you take on insurance companies and get the compensation you deserve. Our relentless and "win at all costs" Texas rear-end car accident lawyers fight for injured car accident clients across Texas from our offices in Houston, Dallas and McAllen. Schedule a free case evaluation, call our office today at 713-231-9288 or contact us online.