Injured in a Rear-End Accident?

Rear-End Accident Attorneys

Rear-end vehicle accidents can do massive amounts of damage to both your vehicle and the passengers inside.

Rear-end collisions are one of the most common type of automobile accidents today. While they usually do not result in fatal wounds, they often cause serious, lasting, and costly injuries.

At The Law Offices of Zappettini and Bradley, we help people throughout Northern California bring lawsuits against the negligent parties that caused their accident. We know how to obtain compensation for you so you can move on with your life.

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Common Causes of Rear-End Collisions

Most rear end collisions often occur at relatively low-speeds. However, the amount of damage, and severity of injuries resulting from theses types of accidents can be devastating, and even fatal. Often the driver of the lead vehicle will see the accident coming in their rear view mirror.

The sudden deceleration of a lead car and the decreased of reaction time of the driver in second vehicle combine to create a rear end collision.

The following driver behaviors are what commonly cause most rear-end accidents:

  • Tailgating
  • Negligence while driving 
  • Failure to follow the rules of the road
  • Operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol
  • Aggressive or reckless driving
  • Texting and driving
  • Speeding
  • Driver fatigue

Common Injuries from Rear-End Accidents

Regardless of the speeds of the two vehicles that collide, the direction and location of a type rear end crash contributes to the number and severity of injuries sustained by the accident victims.

The force of the accident can also significantly determine the level of physical injury which in turn, may potentially have an effect on the settlement that an injury victim could receive from a damages lawsuit.

If you need help with understanding if you have a claim, call our lawyers today for your complimentary phone consultation.

The following are the most common injuries sustained during rear-end collisions:

  • Ankle and knee damage caused by the legs bracing for an impact
  • Whiplash
  • Soft tissues injuries
  • Head and facial injuries due to the airbag deployment
  • wrist, hand or arm injuries caused by bracing for the accident

When two vehicles of comparable sizes are involved in a crash each car will typically sustain the same level of property damage. On the other hand, if one of the automobiles involved in the crash is significantly bigger than the other one, the smaller of the two will suffer from serious damages, as this car will experience the brunt of the crash effects.

More Severe Injuries Resulting from Rear-End Accidents

Some of the more severe injuries associated with these accidents are sustained by the passenger occupants of the smaller of the two cars involved. These are some of the serious injuries experienced:

  • Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
  • Musculoskeletal Injuries
  • Neck and back injuries
  • Nerve damage in the back or legs
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Blunt-force trauma cause by hitting the steering wheel or windshield

Some of the symptoms linked to these injuries may take days to make themselves known. As a result, it is absolutely vital for accident victims to seek medical care as soon as possible after an accident. If you or a loved one has been involved in a rear-end collision, you may be entitled to compensation for the losses in which you have suffered.

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Contact a Sacramento Car Accident Attorney

If you were a passenger in someone else’s car and were injured in a car accident, contact The Law Offices of Zappettini and Bradley by phone at 916-457-5022, or fill out our online contact form. We understand that monetary compensation can never return a person’s health or erase the lasting effects of a personal injury. However, it can alleviate many of the day-to-day problems confronted by the victim and their family.

What to do if you were involved in an accident

Because a car crash is completely unanticipated, its impact often takes us by surprise. In an instant, your life can be turned upside down and this could take a huge toll emotionally, physically, and financially. During the aftermath of an auto accident, there are specific actions that you can take that will help protect your legal rights while simultaneously positioning you to recover. The following tips will help you on the track to a quick recovery.

You should always check the physical states of everyone who was involved in the accident and call 911 if necessary. Make sure you tell emergency responders detailed information about the crash as well as any symptoms you are having. You should know that sometimes people underestimate how severe their injury is because of the adrenaline rush brought on by accident. Always request a complete examination and follow all of the doctor’s orders for treatment. This helps you heal faster and prevents another party from making the claim that you are partially to blame for your ailment since you didn’t listen to your doctor’s advice.

Call the police immediately and ask them to write up a report that details the car accident. Ask the officer for a copy of his report and keep this write-up for your own records. Your auto accident attorney will use this report to prepare your claim.

Figuring out how an accident happened is best done right after it happened. Make sure and write down the contact information ( including the name, address, driver’s license number, and insurance information ) for everyone involved. Also, make sure and get pictures of the scene of the accident. You can take pictures of the parts of the crash scene that you think contributed to the wreck and the parts of your car that are damaged. Make sure you get close-up shots that show detailed information as well as wide shots of the entire scene. Also, it is a good idea to keep parts of the vehicle that broke off in the accident. Your car accident lawyer will examine those parts and could learn crucial information on how the crash happened.

You should watch what you say to other parties involved in the accident, to bystanders, and to insurance agents. Any admission you made can limit your ability in bringing forth a claim later. Instead, let your lawyer handle these kinds of communications.

If anyone was injured in the accident, it’s best to consult an experienced attorney. An attorney can help you maximize your recovery if you’re injured or better defend yourself if you’re at fault. Many accident attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. That means that your lawyer only receives a fee if you’re awarded damages or receive a settlement.