In the U.S., there are nearly six million automobile accidents each year. Of these six million accidents, forty percent are a rear-end accident, according to the National Safety Commission. As a driver, it is your responsibility to keep your vehicle in control at all times. This is why most rear-end collisions, barring special conditions, are the fault of the person who hit the front vehicle. However, when dealing with a multi-vehicle rear-end collision, it can be difficult determining who is at fault for the accident. If you or a loved one is involved in a rear-end accident in Texas it is important that you retain the services of a Texas rear-end accident attorney, as they will have the legal experience and knowledge to help you avoid the common pitfalls of those who do not hire an attorney.
Rear End Collisions
A rear-end accident is one of the most common types of accidents. These accidents can cause significant damage to a vehicle. They are also the cause of injuries, especially whiplash, for those in the front vehicle of the accident. These accidents are often referred to as “whiplash accidents” due to the fact that 20% of those involved in these types of accidents suffer from whiplash symptoms. These damages and injuries are quite costly and are often a major financial burden on those who suffer them. This is why it is important to determine who is at-fault for the accident so that they can be held responsible for these costs. A Texas rear-end accident attorney will be able to assist you in looking at the evidence to help determine who was at fault and also they can assist you in dealing with difficult insurance companies looking to reduce or deny your claim.
Multi-car Scenario with One at Fault
Car A stops at the intersection. Car B, who is traveling a little too close, stops quickly and barely misses Car A’s bumper. Car C is unable to stop as quickly due to their driving too close to Car B. Car C hits Car B in the rear bumper. The force of this hit causes Car B to hit the rear bumper of Car A. In this situation, Car C would be responsible for any damages and injuries to Car B and to Car A. Since it was their inability to keep their vehicle in control, they were unable to stop in time to prevent hitting Car B. This action forced Car B to hit Car A, making the driver of Car C, or their insurance company, the party responsible for all damages from this accident.
Reading this you can see that these types of rear-end accidents can be very complex and involve multiple parties. This also means that there are multiple insurance companies that are involved. Trying to handle this all on your own is not advisable, it is best to leave this to the experts who handle these types of accidents on a daily basis.
Multi-car Scenario with More than One at Fault
In this scenario, Car A stops at the intersection. Car B, who is traveling too close, stops quickly but is unable to prevent hitting Car A’s bumper. Car C, who was also traveling a little too close, then hit Car B’s bumper. In this scenario, you would have multiple vehicles at fault for the accident. Car C would be responsible for any damage to the rear-end of Car B’s vehicle. However, the damage to the rear-end of Car A would be the responsibility of Car B, as well as the front damage of Car B. Any injuries caused to Car A, however, could be the fault of both Car B and Car C. This is due to the impact Car A felt from both vehicles. This scenario would require further investigation to determine the percentage of fault for each Car B and Car C.
Again, you can see how complex these rear-end accidents can be and the importance of an experienced Texas rear-end accident attorney.
Getting Payment for Damages
In general, the payment for costs of damages and injuries will be provided by the insurance company of the at-fault driver. Unfortunately, the insurance company will do everything they can to reduce or deny their payout. Often, this includes trying to transfer liability to those who were not at fault for the accident. This makes it important to get help with the interactions with the insurance company. A Texas rear-end accident attorney is experienced and trained in these types of situations. They will assist in investigating the accident and determining who is at fault. They will also help protect your rights to get the compensation you need to recover from such an accident.
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