Rear-end collisions are the most common vehicle accidents in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). While common, these accidents have developed a reputation as being relatively minor. The unfortunate truth is that rear-end collisions frequently result in traffic fatalities.
Even when these accidents do not have fatal consequences, the injuries that come with a rear-end crash are often severe. Broken bones, whiplash, and traumatic brain injuries are common.
If you are living with the consequences of a rear-end crash, you have the right to pursue a legal claim against the driver responsible for the accident. The attorneys of Ben Crump Law, PLLC can assist you throughout the course of your claim. To get started, call (800) 598-7557 to schedule a free consultation with a Fresno rear-end collisions lawyer today.
How Rear-End Collisions Happen
A rear-end collision typically occurs when a negligent motorist strikes the car in front of them. While it is true that the rear car is usually at fault, that will not always be true. A successful legal claim requires that you establish the other driver was negligent, regardless of what position your vehicle was in.
One reason that the rear driver is typically at fault boils down to the rules of the road. Motorists are responsible for monitoring the road in front of them. The law requires them to maintain enough space between their car and the vehicle in front of them to avoid a collision if the front car stops suddenly. Most of the time, a rear-end crash happens when the back driver fails in this duty.
There are countless ways negligence can cause a rear-end accident. The back driver could be distracted by their phone or a conversation with a passenger. A motorist could fall asleep at the wheel due to fatigue or intoxication. Other drivers might simply be driving too fast to stop in time to avoid a crash. Any of these circumstances could form the basis for a viable claim for compensation.
Some rear-end collisions occur through no fault of the back driver. For example, an accident could happen if the front driver mistakenly reverses into the car behind them. Additionally, these accidents frequently occur due to mechanical defects or errors.
No matter how your accident occurs, an experienced attorney can evaluate your case and advise you on your right to recover damages. During a free consultation with Ben Crump Law, PLLC, our team can advise you on the strength of your claim and what type of compensation you might be entitled to recover. To get started, contact Ben Crump Law, PLLC to see how a Fresno rear-end collisions lawyer can help you right away.
For a free legal consultation with a rear-end collisions lawyer serving Fresno, call (800) 598-7557
Common Rear-End Accident Injuries
The injuries that are common in rear-end crashes impact every part of the body. However, the injury that is commonly associated with a rear-end collision is known as whiplash. This injury occurs when a sudden impact causes a person’s head to whip forward and then back again in quick succession. This whipping motion stretches and tears the neck muscles, resulting in pain and stiffness.
In addition to whiplash, other injuries common in these accidents include:
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Neck injuries
- Internal bleeding
- Sprained and strained ligaments
- Lacerations, cuts, and bruises
Fresno Rear-End Collisions Lawyer Near Me (800) 598-7557
How Our Team Can Help
You do not have to pursue an accident lawsuit on your own. In most cases, the other driver will have the guidance of an attorney to rely on. By working with the team at Ben Crump Law, PLLC, you can even the playing field. Our team can assist you in a number of ways.
Your attorney is your advocate. Instead of dealing directly with insurance companies, our firm can handle all communication. This includes negotiating a fair settlement on your behalf. While most accident claims result in a settlement, a legal team will actively pursue the best offer possible—even if that means going to trial.
Our attorneys can also investigate your accident. This investigation starts with a review of the evidence, including police reports, photographs, and witness statements. This approach will help us identify the parties responsible for your injuries and develop a strategy for proving liability.
The benefits of legal counsel are extensive if your case ultimately goes to trial. The trial process is complex, and complying with the myriad of rules requires extensive experience. From picking a jury to questioning witnesses, our firm can help you in every step of recovering a monetary award for your injuries.
Deadline for Legal Action
One of the most important ways our team can protect your legal rights is to ensure you comply with the statute of limitations. The statute of limitations is the legal deadline that applies to every lawsuit in Fresno. If you file your lawsuit after the expiration of the statute of limitations, the court has the power to dismiss your case forever.
In California, the statute of limitations for rear-end collision lawsuits is governed by California Code of Civil Procedure (CCP) § 335.1. According to the statute, the statute of limitations expires two years from the date the accident happened. This statute applies both to personal injury and wrongful death claims.
Complete a Free Case Evaluation form now
You Could Recover a Monetary Award Following a Rear-End Collision
The right attorney could help you build a case and negotiate a reasonable settlement with the other side. When settlement is not a possibility, your attorney can take your case to trial. The attorneys with Ben Crump Law, PLLC handle rear-end collision accidents. To discuss your claim, schedule a free consultation with a Fresno rear-end collisions lawyer by calling (800) 598-7557 right away.