Manhattan Auto Accident Attorneys
When a vehicle crashes into the car in front of it, a rear-end accident results. A common type of auto accident, rear-end crashes often occur when an individual tailgates another vehicle or fails to brake in time to avoid hitting the preceding car.
Examples Of Rear End Accidents
Rear-end accidents in New York most often happen because:
1. The leading car suddenly decreases its speed to avoid hitting a pedestrian who suddenly crosses the road. Then, the following car hits the back of the first car, causing a rear-end accident.
2. The following car suddenly speeds up as it leaves an intersection, and hits the preceding car.
Contact Our New York Attorneys to Learn About Your Legal Options
At Block O'Toole & Murphy, our New York auto accident attorneys handle claims from individuals who were injured in rear-end accidents. We have obtained substantial verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients, including a $9.2 million verdict for a man injured in a rear-end accident. We continue to fight for those who were needlessly injured in auto accidents. Call our office today at 212-736-5300 or contact our lawyers online to learn how we can help you.
Injuries Caused by Rear-end Accidents
In general, hitting a preceding car in a rear-end accident is equivalent to crashing into a solid surface at half the speed. For instance, a car traveling at 30 mph hits the vehicle in front of it; this rear-end crash would be equivalent, in terms of force, to hitting a wall at 15 mph.
Although many rear-end accidents are only "fender benders," others can result in serious car crash injuries including the following:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Back and neck injuries
Fault in Rear-end Accidents
When a rear-end accident occurs, many assume that the following vehicle is always to blame. While this is true in many circumstances, the determination of fault will rely on a variety of factors. For instance, if a car recklessly changes lanes in front of another driver and brakes suddenly, the following car will probably not be held accountable. Likewise, if a vehicle stopped in traffic was hit from behind and, as a result, hits the car in front of them, they generally will not be held liable for the accident.
Regardless of fault, it is difficult to prove liability in rear-end accidents. Consequently, many insurance companies assume that the vehicle who hit the preceding car was at-fault for the accident. Although no official law exists, the driver of the second vehicle often has to pay for any resulting damages, unless they can prove the other driver was at fault.
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Our New York car accident attorneys work with accident reconstruction specialists who help us determine the sequence of events and establish fault for the crash. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a rear-end collision, our lawyers can find out if someone else was responsible for your injuries. To receive a FREE case review from our New York car crash lawyers, contact us today. Serving Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, The Bronx, Staten Island and all New York State.
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