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Rear-End Collisions

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the most common car accidents are rear end collisions. A rear-end crash can occur on freeways, at intersections, traffic signals, in a construction zone or slow zones, and other areas.

California traffic laws state that all drivers must follow a reasonable duty of care. This standard of care also incorporates being able to make a safe stop if the vehicle ahead changes speeds. Negligence and reckless driving can cause a person to strike another car’s rear-end. Normally, the striking driver is at fault in a fender-bender.

If you have been injured in a rear-end accident, it is vital that you contact a car accident attorney. You may be entitled to compensation.

Los Angeles Lawyers for Rear-End Crashes, CA

A rear-end collision can result in injury or costly car damages. Have you been injured in a rear-end crash recently? Are you unsure on what your next step will be with these mounting costs? Get in contact with Yarian & Associates, APC to have an attorney evaluate your case. You may be entitled to compensation.

A back-end crash can cause great distress for victims and their families. The attorneys at Yarian & Associates, APC are passionate about advocating for our clients. We understand car accidents can create injuries, high property damages, medical costs, and constant worry. Let Yarian & Associates, APC car accident attorneys help you navigate this legal process. Yarian & Associates, APC represents clients throughout the greater Los Angeles County and Tulare County area and nearby communities including Long Beach, Irvine, Visalia, Los Angeles, Riverside, and Glendale.

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Overview of Rear-End Collisions in California


Rear-End Accident Statistics

The following are data and statistics for rear-end collisions from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the California Highway Patrol (CHP).

  • Rear-end collisions are the most common type of automobile accidents
  • 5 Million rear-end car accidents are reported every year
  • 20 percent of people involved in rear-end crashes retain symptoms of whiplash
  • Between 2012 and 2014 almost half of all two-vehicle crashes were rear-end collisions
  • Rear-end crashes between two vehicles killed more than 1,700 annually
  • 87 percent of rear-end accidents involved a driver failing to attend to the traffic ahead

Common Rear-End Collision Causes

Rear-end collisions are considered the most common type of car accident. Typically, a rear-end car accident occurs because a car is following too closely, or tailgating, the driver in front of them. However, there are other causes that induce rear-end crashes.

A few common causes for rear-end collisions include:

  • Faulty Brake Lights – Vehicles who do not have proper brake lights can result in rear-end car accidents. The behind driver may not know that the driver ahead is braking or not.
  • Visibility Issues – Inclement weather, fog, bent signs, foliage, or even signage can obstruct a driver’s vision. Visibility problems can raise the risk of a rear-end collision.
  • Sudden Stops – If a driver continues to make constant stops, they are raising the risk of a rear-end collision. This can also happen if an animal, obstruction, or person crosses the road. Additionally, if another car veers in front of the ahead driver, they may make a sudden stop and create a rear-end crash.
  • Distracted Driving – A driver distracted by a number of things can induce a rear-end car accident. Drivers using their cell phone, radio, talking to passengers and other distractions can make a person more prone to striking a car.
  • Driving Under the Influence – A driver impaired by drugs or alcohol is a danger to the road due to their slower reflexes. Any driver operating a vehicle under the influence makes a rear-end collision much more likely.

Common Injuries for Rear-End Crashes

The most common injury in a rear-end collision is a whiplash. This is where a high impact has unnaturally stretched the victim’s neck to the point of injury. In addition to whiplash, there are other injuries a person can experience in a rear-end car accident.

Some common injuries a person can sustain in a rear-end car accident include:

  • Whiplash
  • Herniated or slipped neck disc
  • Broken Bones
  • Abrasions and Lacerations
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Broken bones
  • Burn injuries
  • Brain injuries
  • Disfigurement
  • Death

Who is Liable in a Rear-End Collision?

California is considered a “fault” car insurance state. This means that the person at fault can have a claim filed against them for medical expenses and other applicable costs. This means there are not many restrictions when filing a claim against the responsible party of a car accident.

California law requires all drivers to maintain a sufficient distance from other vehicles in case of a sudden stop. Failing to preserve this distance can boost the risk of a rear-end collision. Drivers who are negligent by tailgating, being distracted, being under the influence or other reasons can be held liable.

Every rear-end collision is different. It is important that in the event of a rear-end car accident you keep documentation to help your case. Most rear-end crash cases never make it to trial and are settled outside of court. Normally, the injured party receives compensation for their damages. This especially applies if the responsible party did not have insurance.

A person who has successfully filed a claim for a rear-end collision may receive compensation for certain damages including:

  • Damages done to the plaintiff’s automobile
  • Compensation for lost wages, past and projected
  • Past, present, and future medical costs
  • Cost of therapy or psychological counseling
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of quality of life
  • Cost of rehabilitation

Even if you are partially at fault or was involved in a multi vehicle rear-end collision, you may still be entitled to compensation. The legalities of civil court can be just as complicated as the situation itself. This is why it is important that you seek help from a qualified car accident attorney.


Additional Resources

NTSB Addressing Deadly Rear-End Crashes – See a report made by the National Transportation Safety Board. See statistics and data about rear end collisions, information regarding how to avoid a rear end collision, and what the NTSB recommends to do.

Fact and Statistics in Highway Safety – Visit the Insurance Information Institute and see data regarding car accidents. See fatality rates, injury rates, and more by state. Read more on traffic fatality spikes, times of year and day that result in more accidents, and how the holidays affect traffic in the United States.


Find an Attorney for Rear-End Collisions, CA

Rear-end collisions are statistically the most common type of auto accident in the United States. Victims of rear-end collisions are bogged down with medical costs, property costs, and injuries. If you’ve been injured in a rear-end collision, it is imperative that you contact an attorney at Yarian & Associates, APC.

Our attorneys at Yarian & Associates, APC have a collective two decades of experience litigating and handling car accidents. We have compassion for our clients and are knowledgeable in personal injury law. Attorney Levik Yarian has even procured settlements in the millions. Let us guide you through this legal process and give you peace of mind today. We accept clients throughout the greater California Central District Court area including nearby communities such as Glendale, Los Angeles, Visalia, Long Beach, Irvine, Riverside, and Pasadena.

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This article was last updated on June 20th, 2018.

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