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Rear-end Collision Accident Lawyer

Rear-end Collision Accident Lawyer

Rear-end collision accidents happen when a car tailgates the one in front of it. Most times, rear-end collision accidents happen when the at-fault driver does not pay adequate attention to the road. 

While this is often the reason for rear-end collision accidents, other reasons also apply. 

The injuries sustained in this type of accident have the potential to be very severe. As a result, they cost the victim a lot in terms of injuries sustained, piles of medical bills to be taken care of, and potentially losing income.

If you or your loved one has suffered from injuries resulting from rear-end collision accidents, you should hire a personal injury lawyer. 

If the accident was caused by the negligence of the driver behind you, you want to be in a position where you can request compensation for your injuries. 

The lawyers at Oshan and Associates have served clients in the New York and Seattle areas for decades. 

We pursue justice for our clients with an aggressiveness born of compassion for their pain and suffering. We understand what it means to be indisposed because of your injuries and the feelings of helplessness and anger that comes with it. 

We understand how much these feelings will be exacerbated by the knowledge that you were injured as a result of someone else’s negligence. With this understanding, we will fight for you and ensure you get the compensation you deserve.

Common Causes of Rear-End Collision Accidents and Injuries Sustainable from Them

The major cause of rear-end collision is driver negligence - either the driver in the front or the one at the back. Instances in which driver negligence occurs include:

  • Stopping without reason
  • Driving while intoxicated/impaired from alcohol or drugs
  • Pulling out in front of another vehicle
  • Reversing without looking behind
  • Failing to see a car stopped in front
  • Tailgating and not leaving enough space
  • Tailgating
  • Driving while distracted 
  • Excessive speed or reckless driving
  • Driving while fatigued or drowsy
  • Driving a defective vehicle
  • Driving in inclement weather

The injuries that are sustainable in a rear-end collision accident include:

  • Whiplash
  • Neck injury
  • Back and spinal cord injuries resulting in paraplegia or quadriplegia
  • Broken bones
  • Head trauma including concussions
  • Death 

What you should do when you get involved in a rear-end collision accident

After suffering through a rear-end collision accident, you should do the following: 

  • Call 911 and wait for the arrival of the police and medical personnel.
  • Document the accident scene. This includes pictures of your car and the damage to it, the position of your car in relation to the other vehicle, and any skid marks or debris from the collision.
  • Allow yourself to be examined for injuries even if you don't feel you have been injured. Sometimes, your injuries are not immediately obvious and you may not be aware you have them. An example of such injuries is Whiplash whose symptoms typically do not show up until about forty-eight hours after. Its effects, however, can last a while.
  • Give a statement to the police about the accident and ask if you can get a copy of the police report. 
  • Exchange contact information with the other party involved in the accident
  • Get the contact information of any witnesses. 
  • Ensure that you do not apologise or admit any guilt as this can be used against you later in court.
  • Get in touch with your insurance company.
  • Hire a personal injury lawyer as soon as you can. Ensure that you do not speak with any insurance rep or lawyer for the other party without the counsel of your lawyer.
  • Getting compensation for rear-collision accidents in New York

    New York is a No-Fault state. This means that no matter who is at fault in a road accident, you cannot hold the other party liable for the accident. Thus, your compensation will have to come from your insurance company up to a point. 

    If the cost of medical bills and repair of property damage exceeds an amount, you can sue the other driver and get their insurance company to compensate you. This is one of the areas in which we can help you.

    Be it your insurance company that will compensate you or that of the other party, we will file your claim for you. 

    At Oshan and Associates, we have a track record of getting our clients the compensation they deserve and doing so in the multi-million-dollar range. When we take on your case, we will pursue justice for you relentlessly. Reach out to us through our contact page to schedule a consultation.

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