Rear End Collisions
Rear end collisions are the most common type of crash, reportedly accounting for over one-quarter of all motor vehicle collisions. And while many of these wrecks are minor, others may result in serious injuries or even a tragic death. If you have been hurt in a rear end collision in Bexar County or the surrounding areas, you should consult San Antonio car accident lawyer Jeramie Gertz for guidance. He can advise you on whether you may be able to pursue compensation from anyone who may have caused the crash and represent you aggressively in any claim.Seek Compensation for Injuries Suffered in Rear End Collisions
While airbags, improved head rests, crumple zones, and mandatory seat-belt laws have reduced the number of fatalities caused by rear end collisions, injuries are still quite common. These crashes may cause broken bones, as well as back, head, and neck injuries. One of the most common injuries is whiplash, which occurs when the victim’s body is suddenly propelled forward, causing the head to fall back.
Rear end collisions are usually the fault of the driver of the rear vehicle, although there are some exceptions. For example, the driver in front may be at fault if his or her brake lights do not function, giving the rear driver no warning to stop. By law, drivers are required to pay attention to the presence of other vehicles, to maintain their brakes, and to keep a safe distance between themselves and vehicles in front. Taking weather and road conditions into account, they must leave enough space to allow themselves to apply the brakes and come to a full stop without colliding with the vehicle in front. Common causes of rear end collisions include tailgating, speeding, intoxication, and distracted driving.
If a driver strikes a vehicle in front of them due to any of these reasons or others, that driver may be liable to all of the parties injured in the crash under the legal theory of negligence. A lawsuit for negligence may be brought when the injured person (the plaintiff) can show that:
- The defendant owed them a duty of care;
- The defendant breached the duty, such as by following too closely or being too distracted to brake in time;
- The breach was the cause of the crash; and
- The victim’s injuries resulted in quantifiable damages.
Everyone is expected to use reasonable care when driving, and any behavior in which a reasonable driver would not engage would be considered a breach of the duty of care. The wreck must have been a reasonably foreseeable result of the defendant’s careless actions. A defendant who is found negligent may be liable to any victims for all of the harms caused by the negligence. In many car accident cases, victims can seek compensation for the costs of medical care, lost income, vehicle repairs, and future treatment, as well as the pain and suffering that they experienced or any long-term reduction in their quality of life. Other forms of damages also may be available, depending on the situation.Discuss Your Car Accident Case with a San Antonio Lawyer
If you or someone close to you has been hurt in a rear end crash, San Antonio attorney Jeramie Gertz is ready to help you explore your possible legal options. Call 210-807-4444 or use our contact form to set up a free appointment. We proudly serve people who need an injury attorney in Bexar, Maverick, Medina, Guadalupe, Comal, Kendall, Bandera, and Atascosa Counties.