Looking for a Rear-End Accident Lawyer in Austin?
When a vehicle crashes on to another vehicle in front of it, this is called a rear-end collision. Usually, such accidents involve two vehicles, although in some instances there could be three or more involved. More often than not, the liability in rear-end collisions lie on the driver of the vehicle at the back, as he or she needs to have the awareness to stop the vehicle in time, for whatever reason the front car stops abruptly. Furthermore, it is also every driver’s responsibility to maintain his or her vehicles, so a driver cannot use faulty brakes as an alibi – that did not work even if he or she reacted on time.
As such, the common reason that head-on collisions occur is the delay in the back driver’s reaction time when the vehicle in front of him suddenly stops. Most of the time, it is due to the driver being distracted that he or she fails to notice that the car in front is no longer moving. Furthermore, a rear-end collision is also likely to happen in intersections where the vehicles need to stop or slow down to allow crossing vehicles to pass, and then the back car accelerates immediately and collides to the car in front of him. Also, a growing number of rear-end collisions have been blamed on faulty brakes or poorly maintained vehicles, in which the liable drivers are hoping to pin the blame on the car instead. However, this is not an excuse as it is his or her responsibility to ensure that the vehicle is in its ideal shape when taken out to the roads.
While driving, it is the task of every driver to be aware that the car in front of him or her can stop at any time and abruptly, whatever the reason may be. The front car may immediately stop to allow pedestrians to pass through, or that the car in front of him also stopped immediately. Because of this, there always needs to be a window of space between the two cars to ensure that it will cushion the distance that a sudden stop involves.
There may also be instances when the liability may be transferred to the front driver. In some cases after a full stop, the front car may have selected reverse instead of driving forward, causing his or her rear to crash on the car behind him. Furthermore, a split liability claim can be raised by the back driver if he or she finds that the tail lights of the front car are defective and are not working. This leaves no immediate warning to the back car that the vehicle in front of him is stopping, or has stopped. Part of the blame can also be placed on the driver of the front car if he or she leaves his car in the middle of the road to make repairs or to change a flat tire. It should be his or her responsibility to pull over on the side and ensure that his or her vehicle does not pose any risk for distraction to other cars.
As a result, rear-end collisions may lead to whiplash and other neck injuries, as well as spinal cord damage in more severe cases. Furthermore, the risk of fatality is high if the front car has no trunk, as the case is with minivans, as the bumper of the front car could directly hit passengers riding in the back.
The McMinn Law Firm
Our legal experts in the McMinn Law Firm have been dealing with head-on collisions resulting from the negligence of others for many years. We understand your concerns and that is why we are here to fight for your rights and uphold your interests, because vehicular accidents rattle not only your physical wellbeing, but also your emotional, psychological and financial stability. We understand that such accidents should not have happened if only others paid attention, and that you should not be bearing the burden of medical and hospital bills on your own. We will help you claim the compensation you deserve, so you won’t have to worry about such expenses, and so you can get to focus on what’s most important – your life and your family.
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We here at The McMinn Law Firm would love to discuss your case regarding rear-end collisions. Contact us so we can plan your next steps.