There are an estimated 2.5 million rear-end collisions each year. In a typical rear-end crash, the driver who hits the vehicle in front is usually assigned fault and liability. This type of accident most often occurs when the lead car slows down or stops, and the following vehicle fails to stop before rear-ending the car in front. The most common causes of Georgia rear-end accidents are following too closely (tailgating) and inattention on the part of the driver who rear-ends the lead car.
The Atlanta personal injury attorneys at Millar & Mixon have obtained millions of dollars in verdicts, settlements and judgments for clients who have been injured in traffic crashes, including rear-end accidents. If you have been hurt in a rear-ender in Georgia, our firm has the experience necessary to protect your rights and maximize the compensation you receive.
Contact us today to find out how we can help. Call 770-477-6360 or fill out our online contact form. Millar & Mixon does not charge for meeting with you and evaluating your claim. If we accept your case, we usually represent clients on a contingent fee basis, meaning you don’t pay us any attorney fees unless we recover money for you.
With offices in Atlanta and Jonesboro, our rear-end collision lawyers represent injured people all over Georgia, including Savannah, Rome, Augusta, Marietta, Decatur, Roswell, Peachtree City, Sandy Springs and Riverdale.
Common Factors In Georgia Rear-End Collisions
Distracted driving is one of the common causes of rear-end accidents. Some types of distractions behind the wheel include:
- Text messaging
- Talking on a cell phone
- Eating or drinking;
- Adjusting the radio, CD player or MP3 player
- Using a GPS navigation system or other equipment
- Talking to passengers or tending to children in the car
Besides distracted driving habits, there are other factors that can contribute to a rear-ender. These include:
- Speed – If a person is driving too fast, it can be very difficult to stop in time.
- Tailgating - When a driver fails to keep a safe distance between his or her car and the vehicle in front, a rear-end collision is more likely to occur due to the decreased reaction time.
- Driving under the influence – Driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol can result in rear-end car accidents by reducing the impaired driver’s reactions and perception.
- Unsafe lane changes – Abrupt lane changes and cutting off other vehicles on the road are aggressive driving behaviors that may cause a rear-end collision.
- Weather conditions – Roads can become extremely slippery due to rain, snow, ice, fog and dust, which may also limit visibility. Inclement conditions require longer following distances to avoid rear-end accidents.
It is rare that a rear-end crash happens due to mechanical failure, though it can occur if brakes are defective or tires have very little tread.
Injuries From Rear-End Car Accidents
Even low-speed rear-end collisions can cause severe injuries such as:
- Soft tissue injury of the cervical spine, also known as whiplash
- Soft tissue injury of the lumbar spine
- Spinal cord injury
- Carpal tunnel injury due to the driver bracing for the impact he or she sees coming in the rearview mirror;
- Ankle and knee injuries, which can happen when the legs are flexed in anticipation of impact
- Facial and head injury caused by airbag deployment
If you have been struck from behind by another driver, you could suffer one or more of these injuries. The symptoms tend to worsen several days after the accident. That’s why it is so important that you not sign anything or give a verbal statement to the insurance company following an accident. Instead, we recommend that you seek medical treatment and call our office to ensure that your legal rights are adequately protected.
Rear-End Collisions Where The Trailing Driver Is Not At Fault
Although the driver of the trailing car is usually at fault in a rear-end collision, there are certain instances where this might not be the case. These scenarios could include:
- When a driver makes an unsafe lane change in front of your vehicle, suddenly slams on the brakes and causes you to rear-end that vehicle.
- When a motorist abruptly stops in the middle of an open road for no reason and without warning.
- When your vehicle is completely stopped for a traffic signal, a stop sign or a traffic jam, and you are rear-ended by another vehicle, causing your car to hit the automobile in front of you.
Contact an Atlanta Rear-End Accident Attorney Today
Atlanta rear-end collision attorneys Bruce R. Millar and J. Stephen Mixon have helped clients throughout Georgia recover what they are owed for accidents and injuries after being offered minimal, or no, compensation from insurance companies. We encourage everyone looking for a lawyer to view our case results and client testimonials.
Find out how our attorneys can help you. Call Millar & Mixon today at 770-477-6360 fill out our online contact form for a free case evaluation.