You never thought you would be in an accident while driving in Atlanta. You were not only involved in a car accident, however, you were injured in that accident, too. If the car accident was caused by another driver, you can receive compensation. This compensation will cover your accident-related bills like:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
A rear-end collision occurs when one motorist drives into the back of another vehicle. A rear-end collision is a common accident. The causes of rear-end accidents typically vary depending on what the at-fault driver was doing at the time of the accident. For instance, the most common causes of a rear-end accident include, but are not limited to:
- Distracted driving
- Following too close to a vehicle
- Not obeying traffic rules
- Road conditions
- Weather conditions
- Cutting off another driver
- Trying to change lanes without paying attention to traffic
It is important to know and understand the cause of your rear-end accident. It will help later in proving the driver who caused your accident was negligent.The Injuries Caused by Georgia Rear-End Accidents
Fortunately, in comparison to other forms of collisions, drivers are much more likely to survive when involved in a rear-end collision. However, there are also unique injuries that occur in a rear end collision. Chief amongst them are whiplash and herniation.
Whiplash is an injury to the neck that results from unexpected extension. When a car is struck from behind, the momentum of the impact pushes the car forward, but the driver's head wants to stay in place putting extreme tension on the neck and spine. Symptoms can manifest themselves in the form of headaches, sensory damage to the extremities feeling like pins and needles in the arms and hands, and pain felt in the back and neck.
Herniation, often called a slipped disk, can be a more serious effect of a rear-end collision and is a more severe, often permanent injury contrasted with whiplash. The same circumstances that cause whiplash can be the culprit for herniation after a car accident.
Besides whiplash and herniation, victims of a rear-end collision are also subject to the types of injuries suffered by all victims of collisions. These can include bruising, burns, broken bones, psychological trauma, and even death.Proving Negligence in a Georgia Rear-End Accident
Negligence is the failure of a driver to act like a reasonable driver would in the same and/or similar circumstances. A “reasonable driver” is one who always does everything right. They obey traffic laws and drive without causing an accident. The failure to act like a reasonable driver may vary from doing something to cause an accident to failing to do something to prevent one.
To prove negligence in a rear-end accident, you must prove:
- The driver had a legal duty to protect you
- The driver breached that legal duty by causing a rear-end accident
- That rear-end accident caused you harm
- You require compensation to pay for your injuries
Rear-end collisions require experienced counsel as a guide and advocate. If you have been injured or your property damaged after a rear end collision, contact the Persons Firm by calling (770) 424-5125 immediately for a free consultation.