Rear-End Car Accidents in Houston
Were you injured in a rear-impact collision?
Rear-impact crashes can be incredibly dangerous. These accidents are often caused by driver inattention or even reckless driving practices such as speeding or tailgating. They are one of the most common types of motor vehicle collisions. While they are not always fatal, they can be. A rear-end accident can cause more than just a bump in the fender, but can even result in the driver losing control of the vehicle and going into a spin. Whatever the type or degree of your rear-end collision, our firm may be able to assist. At Stern Law Group, our Houston car accident lawyers are well equipped to fight for victims so that they can seek the compensation they deserve. We have represented more than 40,000 clients in our years of practice.
Rear End Accident Injuries
One of the most common injuries that result from this type of collision is whiplash. Whiplash injuries occur when the neck is forced to move beyond its normal range of motion. Straining the muscles and ligaments of the neck in a whiplash injury can result in soreness or tenderness that lasts for up to a few weeks. Whiplash that results in injuries that do not heal within a few weeks may be a sign of further damage to the neck or spine.
Spine and back injuries are another possible injury that can result from rear-impact crashes. Serious cervical spine injuries can even result in complete or partial quadriplegia, necessitating prolonged medical treatment and physical therapy to restore some function of the limbs if possible.
Victims may also suffer from head injuries as a result of air bag deployment. While air bags are placed in vehicles to prevent even worse head injuries, they can place great pressure on the head and neck. The blunt force of an air bag may cause injuries. Whatever injuries you and your loved ones might be suffering from, it is important to know that you may be entitled to financial compensation. If your accident was caused as a result of another driver's negligence, then you may have a case.
Liability in Rear-End Auto Accidents
To find out whether or not you are entitled to this type of compensation, there must be reasonable evidence that you were not liable for the accident and that another party was. In the event of a rear-end collision, who is liable? Typically, liability falls with the driver who was traveling behind. There are some instances, however, that may present challenges in determining liability. For example, multiple car pileups and collisions. What happens when there is a "domino effect" of rear-impact collisions on a road or highway. Stern Law Group could assist in an investigation of your accident to accurately conclude who was liable for the damage.
Backing out of a parking lot and being involved in a collision this way can also present complex liability issues. Although the rear of the vehicle that was backing out was impacted, it was the backing out vehicle that did the impacting. Complications can also arise when it comes to automobiles with broken taillights. Driving when there is low visibility, such as at night or during bad weather, requires that vehicles have taillights that are in good working condition. If a driver's taillights were out and they were rear-ended, then the driver may be partially at fault for this accident, depending on other circumstances.
Calling a Houston Car Accident Lawyer
If you have been injured in a rear-impact collision, our firm may be able to assist you. Please contact Stern Law Group's Houston car accident attorneys to learn of your legal options after an accident. Consultations are free and absolutely confidential. We represent victims of car accidents in and around Houston, Texas and can offer insight to help victims seek justice and financial compensation so they can move on with their lives. Call today to discuss your claim.