A rear-end collision happens every 8 seconds in the U.S. and is the third largest cause of vehicle accidents.
Being hit from behind by another vehicle can cause extreme damage both to the vehicle and the occupants. Rear-end crashes are one of the most common crashes and contribute to an average of 2.5 million vehicle accidents each year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, a rear-end collision happens every 8 seconds in the U.S. and is the third largest cause of vehicle accidents.
Jimmie Kang Law Firm is familiar with Orange County rear-end car accidents and can assist you with obtaining the compensation you are entitled to for your injuries. As with all of our auto accident cases, our services are completely free if we are unable to recover compensation for you. Contact us to discuss your case with a Orange County rear-end car crash lawyer without any cost or obligation.
California Law and the Danger of Tailgating
Following too closely or “tailgating” is a common cause for rear-end collisions. When drivers do not allow enough space between them and the vehicle in front of them, there is not adequate time to stop to avoid hitting the leading vehicle. For this reason, most rear-end collisions will find the driver that hits the vehicle in front of them is at fault for the crash, the vehicle’s damage and injuries to the driver and his passenger.
California Vehicle Code 21703 provides: “The driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the speed of such vehicle and the traffic upon, and the condition of, the roadway.” The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety considers tailgating a form of aggressive driving and notes that aggressive behaviors play a role in up to 56% of all deadly traffic crashes. The Foundation recommends drivers follow the “two second rule,” meaning that the gap between you and the car in front of you should be enough so that you pass a fixed point at least two seconds after the driver in front of you passes the same mark.
Stay Safe and Responding to Tailgaters
Wikihow provides an illustrated guide to responding to tailgaters, noting that avoidance is always preferable even if the other driver would likely be deemed at fault should a crash occur. While not a typical traffic safety site, the basic advice is generally sound and centers on two basic concepts: 1) Remain calm, avoiding the temptation to “teach them a lesson” or irritate the other driver in response and 2) If possible, pull over (or move to a slow, right-hand lane) in order to allow the driver to pass you.
Car Insurance Companies Attempting to Put Blame Elsewhere In Rear-End Collisions
There are circumstances where the vehicle in front stops or decelerates for no reason and the person behind them cannot stop in time, regardless of the space between them. Although more difficult to prove, there are cases when the leading driver may be found at fault for stopping too quickly or for no reason, causing the driver behind them to hit them. This is just one of the many reasons why it is imperative that you do not give a statement to any insurance company representative prior to fully understanding the law applicable to these cases.
Causes of Orange County Rear-End Car Collisions
While following too close is often the cause of a rear-end collision, it can also be due to other factors. Once again, in most cases, it is due to the negligent actions of the driver who hits another vehicle from behind being distracted or driving recklessly. Some common causes are:
- Distracted drivin: Using a cell phone or other electronic devices, talking to passengers, adjusting the radio or even eating can distract drivers from watching the road and being able to stop in time.
- Impaired driving: Alcohol and other drugs can slow response time and cause drivers to rear-end vehicles in front of them.
- Speeding: Reckless driving such as speeding can lead to rear-end crashes.
Whiplash Injuries When a Vehicle Strikes From Behind
Although many types of injuries can occur from a rear-end crash, including over 2,000 fatal injuries every year, whiplash is one of the most common. It is estimated that over 3 million people suffer a whiplash injury to their neck or back in car accidents in the U.S. each year, many involving rear-end crashes. These injuries can cause pain for the victim that may resolve in a few months or continue for a lifetime of agony, discomfort, and disability. As car crash attorneys, our responsibility is to evaluate the unique circumstances involved in your case and maximize the financial compensation results for you and your family.
Our attorneys have experience representing clients who have sustained serious back and neck injuries in motor vehicle accidents involving rear-end impacts. Some severe injuries suffered by our previous clients include:
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Herniated discs
- Back pain
- Compression fractures
In situations where you may not be able to return to work and/or require future medical attention, our attorneys build a solid case for compensation from every party responsible your physical, emotional, and property damages. This might include retaining experts in the fields of vocational counseling and economics to accurately present these elements of personal injury damages to an insurance adjuster or jury.