Did you know rear-end collisions are the most common type of auto accident in the United States? According to the NSC, over 2 million rear-end accidents occur each year. And while it is a common belief that the rear driver is automatically at fault for such an accident, the truth is that Georgia is what is known as a comparative negligence state. That means you could be allocated a percentage of fault, so it is important you contact one of our rear-end accident attorneys now at 404-975-1775.
What Exactly Is a Rear-End Accident?
Rear-end wrecks occur when the driver behind you collides with your rear bumper. It is important to understand your insurance policy and how it handles rear-end wrecks. The impact of a rear-end wreck often causes back, neck, and other injuries, regardless of whether the vehicle behind you was going slow.
Causes of Rear-End Accidents
Cell phone usage while driving has increased to almost 24% according many studies. Phone distraction is responsible for many of the rear-end accidents that occur in Georgia. Typical scenarios:
What should I do after a rear-end accident?
A: The first thing you should do is seek medical treatment. Document all of the information from the driver’s license including the license number and get the license plate information as well. If the driver does not own the vehicle, you also need to get the owner’s contact information.
If possible, take photos of the vehicles and the accident scene. And if there are any witnesses on the scene, collect their information for future reference.
Should I call the police?
Always call the police regardless of the severity of the accident. You may also want to takedown the contact information of the officer, as well as the incident report number.
Should I talk to the defendant’s insurance company?
Never provide a statement to the other person’s insurance company without an attorney present. The reason it isn’t wise to speak with the insurance company is because they will use statements you make against you when negotiating the claim in the future.
Who can I turn to for help?
If you’ve been in a rear-end collision, no matter which driver you were, it is critical that you know your rights. Contact The Law Office of Merritt & Merritt today to receive a free consultation. We will explain your legal rights and deal with the insurance company on your behalf to insure you get the best possible outcome.
It’s an unfortunate reality that many people are seriously hurt every day because of another motorist’s negligence, whether deliberately or unintentionally. When these violations cause another to experience significant injuries, it’s likely that the injured party will be entitled to receive compensation for damages.
Common Injuries from a Rear-End Accidents
Rear-end accidents are frequent occurrences. According to the NHTSA, more than 25% of all crashes are rear-end wrecks. Frequently, these accidents cause serious injuries, including:
Liability for a Rear-End Collision
After a rear-end collision, it is important to know your rights. Usually, the liability for a rear-end collision is on the driver that hit the other driver in the back; however, that is not always the case. Georgia law requires drivers to maintain a safe distance from other drivers in front of them. Exceptions to this law is the front driver suddenly stops without warning; or if the front driver’s brake lights do not work; or the front driver suddenly changes lanes.
It is important to obtain hospital and police records as well as gathering witness statements after your accident for legal evidence. A lawyer experienced in automobile accidents can be helpful in navigating the courts and pursuing a successful case.
Contact Our Georgia Rear-End Accident Attorneys for Help!
Contact Merritt & Merritt Law Firm today at 1-800-738-WE-WIN to discuss your accident case. The sooner you contact our accident attorneys, the sooner we can get the details of your case and begin working toward resolving your case. We will do everything we can to protect your rights and deal with the insurance adjuster on your behalf.
The Merritt & Merritt Law Firm works on a contingency fee basis. This means that you pay nothing unless we win. Our focus for more than 40 years is customer satisfaction.
We accept cases in Atlanta, Decatur, Riverdale, Savannah, Statesboro, Macon, Columbus, and all of Georgia. Our Atlanta accident attorneys will walk you step-by-step through what to expect. If you can’t come to us, we can come to you. Call us today at 1-800-738-WE-WIN.