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 in a Brooklyn case for a 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 settlement for a driver who suffered back and leg injuries after he was rear-ended by another vehicle in Westchester County
  • $4,100,000 verdict for a 54-year-old man who sustained multiple herniated discs after he was involved in a rear-end collision on the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge
  • $3,500,000 settlement for a bus driver who was rear-ended by an NYC sanitation truck in East New York, Brooklyn
  • $3,375,000 settlement for a driver who was rear-ended while stopped at an intersection in Sunset Park, Brooklyn
  • $3,369,066 jury verdict for a front seat passenger of a car which was hit from behind by another vehicle while it was stopped at a red traffic light in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn
  • $3,000,000 settlement for 36-year-old driver with spinal injuries after a snow plow hit the rear of his vehicle
  • $2,840,000 recovery for a client who sustained herniated discs with radiculopathy after a rear-end collision in Manhattan, New York
  • $2,750,000 settlement for a front seat passenger who required knee surgery after she was rear-ended by a van in the Bronx
  • $2,650,000 recovery for a driver who was rear-ended by another vehicle on Belt Parkway in New York City
  • $2,625,000 settlement in a wrongful death case for children of an upstate New York couple who tragically passed away after their car was violently struck in the rear by a tractor trailer
  • $2,500,000 settlement in a Bronx case for a 26-year-old woman involved in a rear-end collision with a distracted driver
  • $2,400,000 settlement in a Queens case for a man who sustained a serious neck injury after he was rear-ended by a commercial truck
  • $2,270,000 verdict for a bus passenger who sustained knee injuries after the bus was rear-ended by a truck in Crown Heights, Brooklyn
  • $2,000,000 settlement in a Nassau County case for a 19-year-old who had to undergo a lumbar interbody fusion after her car was hit from behind by another vehicle
  • $2,000,000 settlement in a Bronx case for a driver who suffered neck and shoulder injuries after his vehicle was rear-ended by a box truck attempting to switch lanes
  • $1,750,000 settlement for a driver who was stopped in traffic when he was rear-ended by a company-owned car on the Cross Island Expressway in Queens
  • $1,715,496 settlement for a client who was rear-ended at a red light in Queens, New York
  • $1,350,000 settlement in a Long Island case for a driver involved in a 3-car rear-end chain collision
  • $1,350,000 settlement for an NYC yellow cab driver who was stopped at a red light when his car was hit from behind by another vehicle in Midtown East, Manhattan
  • $1,250,000 settlement in a Queens case for a 48-year-old man who was rear-ended by a commercial truck at an intersection

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

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