Rear-end collisions are common on El Paso’s roads and highways. While some of these accidents can result in little more than scratched paint or dented fenders, many rear-end collisions have devastating consequences. From whiplash to brain injuries, rear-end collisions can change the course of your life forever.
These injuries can cost you more than your health. They can also upend your financial stability. The cost of treating your injuries can be steep, especially if you are physically unable to return to work after the accident.
The good news is that an El Paso rear-end collisions lawyer can help. Ben Crump Law, PLLC, can help you pursue legal action against the at-fault driver. If successful, you could recover a financial award that can aid you in your recovery. Call (800) 598-7557 to schedule a free consultation today.
Common Injuries in Rear-End Collisions
A broad range of injuries can come with this type of crash. This is due in part to how common rear-end collisions are. According to the Washington Post, there are more than 1.7 million rear-end accidents in the United States each year. Of these collisions, more than 500,000 people suffer injuries.
The injury most associated with rear-end accidents is whiplash. This soft-tissue neck injury occurs when an external force causes the head to snap forward and then whip back quickly. This is common when a driver is struck from behind, causing their head to snap back against the headrest and then whip forward as the impact causes their vehicle to accelerate.
Whiplash is not the only serious injury that can come with a rear-end crash. Other examples can include back injuries, broken bones, lacerations, and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).
Any serious injury stemming from a rear-end crash could result in a viable personal injury claim. If you believe you are entitled to compensation from a negligent driver, you might benefit from the guidance of an El Paso rear-end collisions lawyer.
Contact Ben Crump Law, PLLC, today to speak with a member of our legal team and schedule a free consultation.
For a free legal consultation with a rear-end collisions lawyer serving El Paso, call (800) 598-7557
Which Driver Is at Fault?
Most of the time, the driver in the back vehicle is responsible for a rear-end collision. This is due to the rear driver’s duty to leave enough space between vehicles to avoid a collision. This rule, established by Texas Transportation Code §545.062, is important, as accidents are common when the rear driver does not have enough time to react to the vehicle in front of them, stopping or slowing suddenly.
If you were struck from behind while driving, there is a strong possibility that you will succeed in proving the driver’s negligence. The officer who responds to your accident can note in their report that the other driver caused the crash. A police report would also reflect if the police gave the rear driver a ticket. While this does not have a direct impact on your case, you could use evidence of a conviction for following too closely to prove negligence.
The rear driver is not automatically found to be at fault, though. There are circumstances where the driver of the front car could be entirely responsible for the crash. One obvious example involves a driver who carelessly backs into the driver behind them. Other examples include motorists who drive aggressively, cutting off another driver, and then stopping short in front of them.
In some cases, neither driver is at fault. Mechanical defects can cause these crashes under the wrong circumstances. For example, if the front vehicle’s brake lights are defective, the rear driver might not be aware that the front driver is slowing or stopping. In these cases, it is possible to pursue legal action against the manufacturer of the defective part or vehicle.
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How an Attorney Can Help
Ben Crump Law, PLLC, can handle your rear-end collision case from beginning to end. We begin with a thorough review of the evidence. Then, we build a theory of liability that explains why the driver who rear-ended you is at fault for the accident. Additionally, we can review your medical records to establish the compensation you are entitled to recover. In addition to your medical bills, we can also estimate your right to recover damages for the cost of repairing or replacing your motor vehicle.
In many cases, we can negotiate a fair settlement without the need to file a lawsuit. While settlements are common in personal injury cases, we approach every case with the possibility that it could result in a jury trial.
If the other driver blames you for the crash, we can assist in demonstrating that you are entitled to recover compensation. Even if you are partially to blame, that will not bar you entirely from obtaining a monetary award. From investigating your accident to obtaining the damages you deserve, we guide you in every aspect of a rear-end collision claim.
If you are interested in pursuing legal action, keep in mind that Texas allows only two years to file a personal injury lawsuit, per the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 16.003.
You Could Recover a Monetary Award After a Rear-End Crash
Dealing with the repercussions of an accident can go well beyond your physical injuries. While the pain and stress of the crash can linger, the emotional and financial burdens are only beginning. In many cases, a rear-end collision could require medical care or other forms of assistance for the rest of your life.
An El Paso rear-end collisions lawyer can work to ensure you do not have to bear the financial burden of your accident. If you are ready to hold the at-fault driver responsible for your rear-end accident, call (800) 598-7557 to schedule a free consultation with Ben Crump Law, PLLC, today.