It happens in an instant. You’re sitting at a traffic light and the next thing you know a tremendous force hits you from behind. Or perhaps you’re driving along the highway and a moment later your body lurches forward from the impact of a car that’s barreled into your rear bumper.
According the Insurance Information Institute, rear-end collisions make up one third of all car accidents in the United States. They are one of the most common types of car crashes. And they lead to the greatest percentage of injuries, compared to other collisions.
The U.S. Department of Transportation reports that there were an estimated more than 7 million car crashes in 2016. Of those, 0.5% resulted in fatalities. Thirty percent resulted in injuries.
But driver negligence is often a contributor to rear-end collisions. Distracted driving, aggressive driving and driving under the influence all play a role in these accidents that could have been avoided.
If you’ve been in a rear-end collision, the Law Offices of Randolph Rice will speak to you free of charge and determine whether or not you have a valid claim. Our attorneys are experienced in getting clients the just compensation they deserve after a car accident. Call 410.288.2900 to speak to counsel today.
Rear-end collisions are usually not deadly. They can, though, cause a myriad of injuries.
The steps you take after you’ve been struck by a negligent driver can make the difference between a successful or unsuccessful lawsuit. Here’s what to do: