Victims of Rear-End Collisions Should Always Contact Experienced Personal Injury Attorneys
The most common accidents can cause the most serious injuries
Rear-end collisions are among the most common — and the most catastrophic — motor vehicle accidents. Even a mild rear-end accident can cause severe injuries to the head, back or neck that lead to long-term, possibly permanent injuries. If you or someone you love has been injured in a New York City rear-end collision, contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at Segan, Nemerov & Singer, PC to discuss your case.
Who is at fault?
Any personal injury case hinges on proving fault. In the vast majority of cases, the driver who strikes the other driver in a rear-end collision is at fault. While in some scenarios the driver in the lead car may be the negligent party, there are far more cases of rear-end collisions caused by the driver in the tailing car. Some common ways in which rear-end collisions occur include:
- Distracted, negligent drivers who may be talking on the cell phone, texting, changing a radio station or CD or simply daydreaming
- Tailgating, which occurs when the tailing driver fails to follow a recommended two-second following distance
- Weather conditions that make it difficult for a tailing driver to properly gauge distance or to stop in time when the lead car stops
- Speeding, which can also make it impossible for the tailing driver to maintain control of the car to prevent an accident
Common injuries suffered in rear-end collisions
While rear-end collisions can occur for many reasons, they often yield similar injuries, as they tend to apply certain types of force to the occupants of the cars involved:
- Head injuries
- Neck injuries such as whiplash, which occurs when the head snaps forward or backward violently following an accident
- Back strains
- Arm and hand injuries, usually suffered when a person instinctively tries to shield himself or herself in an accident
- Blunt-force trauma injuries, sometimes caused by a deployed air bag
- Nerve damage in the back or legs
- Scars, cuts, lacerations and disfigurements caused by broken glass
Note that many of these injuries do not present immediate symptoms. Days or weeks may pass before any signs of damage develop. Once you have taken care of everything in the immediate wake of an auto accident, you should see a doctor and speak with an experienced attorney.
Reach out to a reputable, experienced car accident attorney who is ready to help
If you or a loved one has been harmed in a rear-end collision in New York City, contact the personal injury attorneys at Segan, Nemerov & Singer, PC. We bring a focused, dedicated work ethic and over fifty years of experience to the table for every client we represent and we offer free initial consultations. You can reach us online or at (212) 696-9100. Contact us today.