Rear-End Accidents in San Bernardino, CA
Helpful Insight Regarding Rear-End Collisions and Your Rights
Rear-end accidents are one of the most frequently occurring types of traffic collisions. Though many of these accidents are relatively minor and cause inconsequential injuries, some are quite severe and can cause lasting physical trauma or permanent disabilities. Some rear-end accidents, particularly high-speed collisions, are fatal. Understanding more about these accidents and what you can do if you were injured can help you make the right choices if you are injured in such a collision.
At Pacific Attorney Group, we represent clients in and around San Bernardino in all types of car accident claims and lawsuits, including those stemming from rear-end collisions. Whether you were rear-ended or rear-ended another vehicle, you may benefit from involving an attorney who can protect your legal rights and inform you of your options in seeking financial
compensation for your injuries. With more than three-and-a-half decades of legal experience and a strong commitment to personalized service, we provide the level of counsel that is needed to pursue maximum monetary damages.
What causes rear-end accidents?
Distracted driving and following too closely are two of the most common causes of rear-end accidents. When a driver is distracted, he or she may not notice that traffic has slowed or stopped ahead. Texting, cellphone use, eating, drinking and smoking are examples of distractions that may affect a driver's ability to safely operate a vehicle and avoid a rear-end collision. Distracted driving is widely recognized as one of the biggest dangers on American roadways, and according to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) was a contributing factor in about one-tenth of traffic fatalities in 2012.
If a driver is following too closely, he or she may have insufficient time to stop even if he or she notices that the vehicle in front has slowed or stopped. Speeding increases the danger of following too closely (also referred to as tailgating). Maintaining a safe following distance and obeying the posted speed limit will give a driver enough time to respond to changes in traffic or emergency situations that require a sudden stop.
While it is true that fault in many rear-end collisions lies with the driver of the second vehicle, the vehicle that collides with the rear end of the first vehicle, this is not always the case. A competent driver who is paying full attention to the road may rear-end another vehicle if the other driver cuts him or her off and brakes suddenly or does not have working brake lights. This is why it is important to remember that you may not actually be at fault even if you rear-ended the other vehicle.
Call a San Bernardino Car Accident Attorney
Fault is not always clearly defined in a rear-end collision, and having a San Bernardino car accident attorney to handle your claim may help you avoid the blame for an accident you did not cause. An attorney can also help you pursue a fair settlement or award for your claim, which is crucial if you are to rebuild your life, pay your medical bills and repair your vehicle. Legal counsel may be unnecessary in a case where you were uninjured and your vehicle only sustained minor damage, but in a serious accident the expenses associated with medical care and property damage may be considerable. Having a legal professional fight for your interests may make all the difference.
Your initial case review with a car accident lawyer at our San Bernardino firm is free and confidential, and you pay no legal fees for our services unless we win your case.
Contact Pacific Attorney Group today.