Rear End Collision Lawyers in Dothan
A rear-end collision is one of the most common types of motor vehicle accidents. Rear-end accidents happen when the lead vehicle collides into the vehicle directly in front of them. Most of the time, these types of accidents involve only two vehicles. However, some rear-end crashes set off a chain reaction and turn into multi-vehicle accidents.
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NTHSA), rear-end crashes account for approximately one-third of all auto accidents in the U.S. Rear-end wrecks happen more frequently in heavier traffic, and there are several reasons why they occur. The accident is very often the fault of the driver who struck the rear end of the car in front of them, but that is not necessarily true in all cases.
If you or someone close to you has been involved in a rear-end collision, it is best to have your case thoroughly evaluated by an experience personal injury attorney. At M. Adam Jones and Associates, we have more than thirty years of experience representing clients injured in rear-end wrecks and other types of auto accidents in Alabama, Southwest Georgia, and the Florida Panhandle. Our lawyers have extensive knowledge of personal injury law and a strong track record of success with even the most complex cases.
We are skilled litigators and strong negotiators. From the outset of the case, we prepare thoroughly for litigation. Whenever possible, we look to negotiate a settlement for full and fair compensation on behalf of our clients. However, if the other side is not willing to be reasonable, we are ready and able to aggressively pursue your rights and interests at trial and upon appeal.
Common Causes of Rear-End Collisions
There are numerous reasons rear-end wrecks occur, but here are some of the most common causes:
- Tailgating/Aggressive Driving: Tailgating and other forms of aggressive or reckless driving are among the leading causes of rear-end accidents. Motorists who drive too closely to the vehicle in front of them may not have adequate time stop when there is an adverse condition on the road, such as inclement weather or a sudden traffic slowdown.
- Distracted Driving: These days, more and more people are on their smartphones while driving. Texting and other smart phone activity is especially dangerous for motorists because it distracts them in three ways: manually, visually, and cognitively. When someone is looking down at their phone, it is very easy not to notice the car in front of them slowing down. This results in many unnecessary rear-end collisions.
- Faulty Brakes: Some rear-end wrecks happen because of worn or faulty brakes. When this is the reason, it is possible that one of the responsible parties could be the designer, manufacturer, supplier, or distributor of the faulty vehicle parts that contributed to the accident.
- Drunk Driving: Those who drive while impaired by alcohol or drugs have slower reaction times than other motorists on the road. This delayed reaction time is often the cause of a rear-end collision.
- Pulling Out in Front of a Driver: While a rear-end accident is often presumed to be the fault of the driver who struck the back end of the vehicle in front of them, this is not always true. For example, if someone pulls out in front of a rapidly moving vehicle without giving that vehicle enough time to slow down, the lead driver could be at fault for the accident.
- Failure to Yield: Rear end collisions can happen because of confusion at certain intersections and/or failure of one of the vehicles to yield to the other. This type of accident is particularly common at roundabouts.
- Stalled Vehicles: Vehicles that are stalled on the road are sometimes involved in rear-end wrecks. This could happen partially because the driver of the stalled vehicle did not put on their hazard lights. Another possible cause is distracted driving on the part of the motorist who collided into the stalled vehicle.
- Driver Fatigue: Drivers who are tired, fatigued, and drowsy are at higher risk of a rear-end collision. Drowsy driving is especially common among commercial truck drivers and others who drive vehicles for a living. Oftentimes, these drivers have to work long hours to meet unrealistic deadlines imposed by their employers.
Rear-end collisions rarely result in fatalities. However, those involved can sustain significant injuries. The most common type of injury from a rear-end accident is known as whiplash. Whiplash typically happens to the driver in the lead vehicle because of the sudden and unexpected jolt that throws the head and body back and forth and causes the muscles and ligaments to become strained. This can result in moderate to severe injuries: and in some cases, whiplash injuries can be permanent and debilitating.
If the rear-end collision occurs at a higher speed, the impact can cause even more serious injuries. Examples may include fractures/broken bones, traumatic brain injuries (TBI), and amputations.
The Importance of Proving Fault in a Rear-End Accident in Alabama
Those who are injured in a rear-end crash may be eligible for compensation. This may include economic damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, property damage, and non-economic damages such as physical pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment.
In order to recover compensation in an Alabama personal injury case, the plaintiff must prove that they did not contribute in any way to the underlying accident that caused the injury. Under Alabama’s “contributory negligence” legal standard, if a plaintiff is found to be even 1% at fault for an accident, they can be barred from recovering damages. This is one of the reasons it is essential to work with an attorney who understands the laws and what it takes to overcome this high standard of proof.
Speak with a Seasoned Alabama Personal Injury Lawyer
The injuries resulting from rear-end wrecks can be more severe than many people believe. If you were involved in a rear-end collision and another party was responsible, you deserve to be compensated. At M. Adam Jones and Associates, we know that even a seemingly minor personal injury can cause a major disruption in your life. We can fully assess your case and advise you of your legal rights and options, so you can make the most informed decision and how you wish to proceed.
For a free consultation with one of our attorneys, call our office today at 334-581-9238. You may also send us a message through our online contact form.
We take all personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, so you only pay attorney fees if we win your case.