Rear End Car Accident FAQ In Southern California
Rear end car accidents are the most common car accident type, accounting for 28 percent of all car accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). These accidents are frequently the result of distraction, carelessness, or negligence on the part of the driver of the rear car. Here’s are some common questions we hear about rear end accidents.
Whose fault is a rear end accident?
In most rear end accidents, the driver of the rear vehicle is considered partly or totally at fault. This has led to a myth that the rear driver is always at fault. However, this may not be the case. For example, if the front driver reverses suddenly, has non-working brake lights, or stops in the middle of the road without turning on hazard lights, the rear end accident may be determined not to be the rear driver’s fault.
Is it true that rear end accident injuries are more severe than other accident types?
Although 28 percent of all car accidents are rear end accidents, the NHTSA estimates that only 5 percent of car accident deaths occur in rear end crashes. So, these injuries are less likely to be fatal. However, certain types of injuries are more likely in a rear end crash and may be more severe. For instance, drivers in rear end accidents are more likely to suffer whiplash injuries.
What should I do if I was in a rear end car accident?
The first thing to do is to move your vehicle to a safe place and seek medical attention if you or anyone else may have been injured. Document the accident and the scene if you can, and talk to an experienced southern California car accident lawyer who can help you protect your rights.
The Law Firm of Joseph H. Low IV has helped many people suffering after a rear end car accident. You can reach us today at (888) 454-5569.