One of the fundamental rules of the road is that if the vehicle ahead of you slows down or stops, you are also required to slow down or stop. Failure to do so causes rear-end collisions. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, about 40 percent of all motor vehicle accidents involve rear-end collisions. That makes them the most common type of accident in the United States.
As per California’s general rule, when the front of one vehicle impacts with the rear of the vehicle ahead of it, fault for the collision will almost always be attributed to the following vehicle. There are few exceptions to this rule. Here are four of them:
- When the vehicle behind you is pushed into you by a vehicle that rear-ended it.
- Failure to activate your emergency warning flashers when you are broken down.
- When the driver who was rear-ended is under the influence of alcohol, drugs or both.
- When the vehicle ahead suddenly stops.
Skilled Folsom car accident attorneys have how seen some relatively light rear-end impacts cause serious injuries to the brain and neck. They know that these types of injuries are often difficult to prove, and insurance companies are apprehensive about paying out on them. If you have been injured in an accident, you should consult with a Folsom personal injury lawyer from our offices. Call 911 to report the accident and ask that paramedics come to the scene. After obtaining initial treatment, contact our offices right away to arrange for a free consultation and case review with an experienced and dedicated Folsom rear end accident lawyer from our offices.
Do not give a statement to the opposing insurance company. It will only try to use your own words against you in the future.
Contact us right away after being injured in any rear-end accident for that free consultation and case review.