Rear-End Crashes Often Leave Victims Suffering from Serious Injuries and Facing Significant Financial Losses
When you are driving, you can maneuver your vehicle to avoid certain types of crashes, but one type of crash you can almost never avoid is a rear-end collision. If another driver is approaching your vehicle from the rear and is not paying attention or is traveling too fast to stop, in most cases you will be helpless to avoid being hit.
The impact forces involved in rear-end collisions tend to be substantial. Even at relatively low speeds (around 20 to 30 miles per hour), a rear-end impact has the potential to cause significant trauma to the driver and any passengers of the vehicle that gets hit. Neck and head injuries are particularly common, as are chest injuries (caused by the restraining forces of the seatbelt), back injuries, and broken bones.
We Help Victims Recover After Serious Rear-End Collisions
We help victims of serious rear-end collisions recover just compensation. We handle serious accident cases nationwide, and our lawyers have recovered more than $6 billion in compensation for our clients’ losses. This includes compensation for serious traumatic injuries, emotional trauma, and loss of life—and it includes numerous six-figure and seven-figure awards.
What Do You Need to Know After a Serious Rear-End Crash?
While it may seem fairly obvious that the driver who hit you is liable, fully recovering your losses after a rear-end crash is far from a straightforward process. Driver negligence could be just one of several factors involved in the collision; and, regardless of the facts involved, the insurance companies will fight vigorously to deny you just compensation if at all possible.
At Oberheiden Law, we believe in giving accident victims the information they need in order to make smart decisions in the wake of serious, life-altering collisions. If you have been seriously injured in a rear-end crash, here is some of the key information you need to know:
1. Multiple Parties Could Be Liable for Your Injuries
Although driver negligence is a leading cause of rear-end collisions, it is far from the only possible causal factor. Just like other types of car accidents, multiple other factors could potentially be involved as well. Depending on the circumstances involved in your collision, the parties that could be liable for your injuries include:
- The driver who rear-ended you (or his or her insurance company)
- The passenger of the other vehicle (if he or she distracted the driver)
- A driver or passenger in another vehicle involved in a chain-reaction crash
- The negligent driver’s employer (if he or she was working at the time of the crash)
- The manufacturer of one of the vehicles involved in the crash
- A repair shop or dealership that performed a faulty brake job or other negligent service
- The government agency or contractor responsible for constructing and maintaining the road
2. Proving Liability Requires a Prompt and Extensive Investigation
In order to determine what parties are liable for your injuries, we will need to conduct an investigation as soon as possible. During our investigation, we will work to gather all necessary evidence to prove liability and establish your claim for damages.
3. The Insurance Companies Will Not Voluntarily Pay What They Owe
Although it would be nice if the insurance companies were truly on your side, in the real world this is not the case. Unless and until you prove your claim for damages, the insurance companies will not pay what you are owed.
4. The Long-Term Costs of the Accident Could Be Substantial
Due to the severity of the injuries and trauma resulting from rear-end crashes, victims’ losses are often substantial. If you have suffered a permanent debilitating injury or are suffering from post-traumatic stress, the long-term costs of the accident could far exceed your short-term out-of-pocket losses.
5. At Oberheiden Law, We Have Decades of Experience and Charge Less than Other Law Firms
In order to fully recover your losses after a serious rear-end collision, you need experienced legal representation. At Oberheiden Law, our lawyers have decades of experience helping accident victims recover, and we charge a reduced contingency fee that puts thousands of extra dollars in our clients’ pockets.
Schedule a Free Consultation about Your Rear-End Crash
Are you entitled to a significant financial recovery for the financial and non-financial costs of your rear-end crash? To speak with one of our highly-experienced personal injury lawyers about your legal rights, call 866-376-4871 or request a free consultation online today.