When one vehicle hits another vehicle from behind it is referred to as a rear end collisions. In the United States, these type of accidents happen at a shockingly rapid rate. Labeled “fender benders” by many, rear end collisions are typically taken too lightly. Sure, not paying attention and tapping someone’s bumper while slowing down for a red light or stop sign is often not a serious crash. However, when traveling on I-95 or the Florida Turnpike at high speeds, a rear end collision is incredibly serious, and dangerous.
The National Safety Council claims that more than 2.5 million rear end auto accidents occur each year throughout nation. From tailgating to weather conditions and from careless drivers to driving under the influence, the causes of rear end crashes range significantly. The injuries that result from these accidents are often:
- Traumatic brain injuries or head injuries caused from the head crashing into a windshield or caused by the blunt force of any flying objects inside of the vehicle
- Wrist fractures caused from the driver’s attempt to brace the steering wheel during the time of accident impact
- Knee injuries due to a passenger being forced into the vehicle’s dashboard
- Fatal injuries when a large truck is involved in the crash
- Back injuries
- Airbag injuries to the face
- Seatbelt injuries
Rear end collision, especially those that take place when the vehicles are traveling at fast speeds, can be extremely dangerous for all parties involved. Determining who is at fault in these situations is often very difficult. While many believe that the driver who strikes the other vehicle from behind is automatically at fault, this is not always the case. Meeting a burden of proof is imperative to prove that the other driver was in fact to blame. Speaking with an experienced rear end collision lawyer is critical during these situations. Be sure to contact a knowledge legal team to ensure that your case is being handled fairly.