Rear-End Automobile Accidents
When potential clients contact our legal team regarding automobile accidents, it is important for us to discern between different types of accidents. One of the most common vehicle accidents is the rear-end collision. Although these types of accidents can appear to be relatively minor, they can cause substantial property damage and even severe physical injury. You should be aware of your ability to gain representation in order to receive fair compensation after such an accident.
What Causes Rear-End Collisions
Louisiana rear-end accidents have become relatively commonplace in the twenty-first century. Drivers have become distracted by eating or drinking in the car, changing the radio, or looking at their phone. These distractions have caused drivers to divert their attention away from the road just long enough to crash into the vehicle ahead. Even subtle diversions, such as passengers using their cellular devices or talking through a bluetooth audio headset can lead to accidents. In addition, aggressive driving tactics such as speeding and tailgating other vehicles are causes of rear-end collisions. If these factors are involved in a rear-end collision where you suffer physical injury or property damage, you are entitled to adequate compensation.
Injuries Sustained from Rear-End Collisions
Rear-end collisions have a reputation for being less dangerous than other types of vehicle accidents, but this is only because they are so common. Despite their reputation, they still can have serious consequences for all parties involved. Some of the most common injuries are whiplash, broken bones, and traumatic brain injuries. However, fatalities are even possible if the driver or the passenger are not wearing safety restraints and seated in their seats properly. These injuries or even fatalities could have easily been prevented if the at-fault party was focused on the road instead of diverting their attention elsewhere.
Contributory negligence involves the unintentional involvement of more than one party in a tort related accident. The defendant will likely try to argue that both parties were contributorily negligent for the accident. Their defense will likely be validated if they can prove that the other party was driving negligently when the accident occurred. Attorneys from Rozas Injury Law will review the facts of the case to ensure that the defendant cannot use contributory negligence to help the lawsuit get dismissed.
What Should You Do?
If you are involved in a rear-end collision, you should contact local law enforcement immediately. In addition, you should acquire the insurance information of the at-fault party. It is important that the at-fault party does not leave the scene until you have all of the pertinent information regarding the accident. You should avoid settling a claim with the insurance company until you receive legal consultation. Automobile insurance companies such as Geico and State Farm are not concerned with your best interests, and will attempt to settle the claim for much less than they should. Finally, you should discuss the accident with our legal team. We will assess all the facts of your lawsuit, and construct a plan in order for you to receive adequate compensation for both physical injuries and property damages. Louisiana automobile accidents take an emotional toll as well as a physical toll on the affected parties, and we are committed to helping less that burden by placing you in a position to receive compensation for the accident.