Orange County Rear-End Collision Lawyers
Rear-end collisions are a common occurrence, especially in the heavily congested, bumper-to-bumper Orange County traffic. Injuries caused by rear-end accidents can range from minor to catastrophic, depending on the types of vehicles, the speed at which the vehicle in the rear is traveling, and the circumstances of the crash.
If you have been seriously injured in a rear-end collision, your best course of action is to speak with our experienced Orange County auto accident attorneys.
Almost half of all two-vehicle crashes in a recent period were rear-end collisions, as reported by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). One of the leading causes of rear-end collisions is tailgating. It is dangerous to follow too closely under any conditions, and particularly at freeway speeds. Other causes of rear-end accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Fatigued driving
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Road rage or aggressive driving
- Mechanical failure (particularly brake failure)
- Traffic congestion
Even low-impact rear-end collisions can cause injuries that have devastating, long-term effects. When vehicles are traveling at higher speeds, the physical trauma can be severe. Common injuries sustained in rear-end collisions include:
- Head injuries
- Whiplash and neck injuries
- Back and spinal cord injuries
- Fractured bones
- Knee injuries
- Internal organ damage and bleeding
If you were rear-ended, the driver who hit you who was likely at fault. Although there is no presumption under California law that the rear driver caused the accident, in practice, rear drivers are found to be at fault for most rear-end collisions. You should be able to recover compensation for your crash-related losses by bringing a personal injury claim against the at-fault driver. Damages you may be entitled to include medical expenses, property damage, lost wages or earnings, loss of future income, and pain and suffering.
After a rear-end accident, insurance carriers tend to focus on the amount of damage to the vehicle. If the damage is minor, they may deny injury claims or make a lowball settlement offer to be rid of your claim entirely. Previous injuries can make a person more vulnerable to injuries such as whiplash, which is frequently sustained in rear-end collisions. Under state law, a party who causes an accident is responsible for aggravation of a preexisting injury.
Our experienced team can thoroughly investigate your accident and fully document the losses you have suffered. We can negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf, and fight for your rights in court, when necessary.
- At Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie, we are planners who craft your case from the initial meeting onward, creating effective strategies to support your claim.
- We keep you informed on the status of your case in real-time and offer communication specific to your needs, not ours.
- Our Orange County personal injury lawyers have won hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for our clients.
If you have been seriously injured in a rear-end collision, it is in your best interests to meet with us as soon as possible. Call Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie at (949) 752-7474 to schedule a free consultation (no time limits or restrictions) with an Orange County auto accident lawyer.
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