Rear-end collisions result in varying degrees of damages, depending upon the circumstances. If the vehicle is traveling at a high rate of speed when it collides with the forward vehicle, or if large vehicles are involved, the results can be devastating. The person responsible for the damages caused by the rear-end accident should be held accountable for a victim’s pain and suffering, medical bills, lost income, and other losses. Little Rock car accident lawyer Paul Pfeifer at the Pfeifer Law Firm helps victims of rear-end collisions fight to hold the proper parties accountable for the harm that they caused. We understand the pain and stress that you may be facing in this situation. While you are recovering physically and emotionally from your injuries, we are working hard to preserve the appropriate evidence, investigate the case, and handle all of the legal complexities for you.Rear-End Collisions May Cause Serious Injuries
The National Safety Council lists rear-end collisions as the most common type of motor vehicle accident nationwide, with over 2.5 million rear-end crashes occurring yearly. Rear-end collisions occur when one vehicle hits another vehicle from behind. Depending on the types of vehicles involved, as well as elements like speed or sudden stops, a rear-end collision may range in severity from causing minor or no injuries to costing a victim their life. Some common injuries sustained in serious rear-end collisions include:
- Whiplash and other soft tissue injuries
- Spinal cord damage, including partial or complete paralysis
- Brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Lacerations or burns, especially when airbags are deployed
It is important to receive immediate medical attention following a car accident to ensure that any injuries are diagnosed and treated. In some cases, a victim’s injuries may require a series of follow-up appointments or a more extensive course of therapy. We can help you seek compensation for the full scope of your present and future medical expenses.Establishing the Fault of a Negligent Driver
Many different causes may result in a rear-end collision, such as a distracted driver who is not paying attention to traffic patterns. Other possible contributing factors include intoxicated drivers, tailgating or other aggressive maneuvers, and speeding. Fortunately, people injured by a negligent driver have legal recourse.
Many times the fault for a rear-end collision belongs to the following driver who has struck the lead vehicle from behind, since that driver may be following too closely or otherwise failing to exercise due care. However, sometimes a sudden stop by the lead vehicle may also be an underlying cause of an accident. A detailed reconstruction of the crash scene or other expert testimony may be necessary to explain exactly what happened to cause a victim’s injuries. In order to establish a defendant’s negligence, the victim must prove that they were owed a duty of care, that duty was breached by the defendant’s actions, and the breach caused the plaintiff’s injuries and resulted in damages.
In Arkansas, all motorists owe others the duty to drive as a reasonable and prudent driver would drive under the same circumstances. This duty extends to making sure that they are not speeding excessively or following another vehicle too closely. When a driver breaches this duty by acting recklessly, they may be held accountable for damages like medical costs, lost income, loss of earning capacity, and pain and suffering.
When multiple parties are at fault for an accident, damages may be awarded proportionately to each negligent party’s degree of liability. However, following a theory of modified comparative fault, Arkansas only allows people who were less than 50 percent responsible for their injuries to receive compensation from other parties.Contact a Knowledgeable Car Accident Lawyer in the Little Rock Area
A rear-end collision may lead to significant injuries for everyone involved. Hiring a lawyer to help you take the proper steps following such an accident is important to preserve your legal rights. Little Rock attorney Paul Pfeifer can help you make sure that vital evidence is gathered and that the appropriate claims are pursued. Mr. Pfeifer has represented injured people and their families throughout Saline, Pulaski, Miller, Crittenden, Craighead, Faulkner, Garland, Hot Spring, Independence, Jefferson, Sebastian, Washington, Ashley, and Baxter Counties, including in Jonesboro, West Memphis, Conway, Hot Springs, Malvern, Batesville, Pine Bluff, Texarkana, Benton, Bryant, Fort Smith, Forrest City, Fayetteville, and Hamburg. If you have been injured in a rear-end accident, you should contact us online or call 501-374-4440 to set up a free appointment with a motor vehicle collision lawyer at which you can learn more about our legal services. There is no charge for the appointment, and if we don’t recover money for you, you don’t owe us anything. After-hours and weekend appointments are available upon request.