New York Rear-End Car Accident Attorneys

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.

Rear-end accidents 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.

There are many causes of rear end crashes, including drunk or distracted driving, speeding, reckless driving, and ignoring rules of the road.

If you've been hurt because of a rear-end accident, learn your legal rights today from a top-rated personal injury lawyer. Our lawyers have obtained substantial verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients, including a $9.2 million verdict for a rear-end accident victim in a case that was tried before a Brooklyn jury.

In 2016, Block O'Toole & Murphy achieved 6 of the Top 10 Motor Vehicle Settlements in New York State, as published by the New York Law Journal.

At Block O'Toole & Murphy, our attorneys handle claims from individuals who were injured in rear-end accidents. We continue to fight for those who were needlessly injured in auto accidents. Call our office today at 212-736-5300 or fill out our online contact form to learn how we can help you.

Injuries from Rear-End Collisions

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 very serious injuries to drivers and passengers including:

  • Death
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Back and neck injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Scarring
  • Head trauma

Determining Fault in Rear-End Crashes

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.

Free Consultation Available

Our 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, Suffolk County, Nassau County, and all New York State.

Case Results in Rear-End Crashes

Our experienced injury lawyers work hard to achieve maximum compensation on behalf of our clients. Notable verdicts and settlements in rear-end accident cases include:

  • $9,263,326 verdict for taxi passenger who was hurt when his cab was rear-ended by another taxi, causing it to hit the car in front of it
  • $4,250,000 for a man who suffered severe back and leg pain after he was rear-ended by another vehicle in Westchester County
  • $4,000,000 for a car passenger who was injured when the car was struck in the rear by another vehicle
  • $3,500,000 settlement for a bus operator injured when the bus he was driving was rear-ended by an NYC sanitation truck
  • $3,369,066.75 jury verdict for a front seat passenger of a vehicle struck in the rear by another vehicle while it was stopped at a red traffic light
  • $3,000,000 settlement for man hurt when an NYC sanitation snow plow struck the rear of his vehicle
  • $2,840,000 for woman traveling in the middle lane when another vehicle struck the rear side of her vehicle
  • $2,750,000 settlement for front seat passenger of a vehicle that was struck in the rear by a van
  • $2,650,000 recovery for a man driving a van that was rear-ended by another vehicle
  • $2,625,000 in a wrongful death case for children of a couple that tragically passed away after their car was violently struck in the rear by a tractor trailer
  • $2,500,000 settlement for a 26-year-old woman whose vehicle was struck in the rear by a distracted truck driver in Rotterdam, New York
  • $2,400,000 awarded to man who sustained a serious neck injury after his vehicle was involved in a rear-end accident
  • $2,270,000 for a bus passenger hurt when the bus was rear-ended by a tanker truck
  • $2,000,000 recovery for a 19-year-old who had to undergo a lumbar interbody fusion after her vehicle was struck in the rear by another vehicle
  • $2,000,000 settlement for driver who suffered neck and shoulder injuries after his vehicle was struck in the rear by a box truck attempting to switch lanes

To speak with a qualified rear-end accident lawyer, please call 212-736-5300.

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