Rear-end car accidents occur when one vehicle runs into the back of the one traveling in front of it. These types of car accidents can occur from tailgating, speeding, reckless driving, or sudden deceleration of the lead car. Collisions, where a car is rear-ended, may result in serious damage. Victims of these car accidents can endure whiplash, lumbar issues, spinal and neck injuries, and head injuries from airbag deployment, or lacerations from seat belts and windshields.
It is almost always the fault of the driver who rear-ended you. They were following too closely and were not able to stop in a timely manner. These accidents can cause serious damage to your vehicle and although most modern cars are equipped with “crumple zones” or areas of a car that can undertake the majority of impact from an accident, you still may be facing expensive damages to your car. If the two cars that were involved in the accident were of a similar size, the damage to each will be relatively similar; however, if one car was significantly larger, the smaller car may become wedged underneath the larger car, causing very serious problems.
A knowledgeable lawyer can investigate your accident and prepare the documents that will be needed for your claim, including medical evidence that will show the extent of your injuries their impact on the quality of your life. A common cause of these collisions is tailgating and other aggressive and reckless driving practices. These constitute negligence, not only a moving violation. Our firm has helped many clients successfully settle claims involving rear-end accidents.
We know the difficulties a person can encounter when they are injured in an accident, and will take whatever actions are necessary to help ensure the best possible outcome to your case. Lawyers at our office are also adept in cases involving wrongful death. If a loved one was fatally injured in a rear-end collision, we will vigorously fight for benefits to cover funeral costs, loss of companionship and more.
New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law Section 1129(a) outlines the regulations and penalties for “following too close,” or as many people commonly refer to it, tailgating. Tailgating is a moving traffic violation that is punishable by fines, traffic school, and points against your driving record. Following too closely is a huge reason why people get into car accidents in New York. Tailgating is the result of at least one-third of all rear-end driving collision in the United States.
There are a few reasons why people tailgate. Intimidation may be a factor; people will follow incredibly close to drivers who they think are going to slow, in an effort to get them to pull into the other lane. Sometimes, drivers just simply do not understand the risk of driving so closely and do not realize that if they rear-end the driver in front of them, it is always their fault. Other reckless drivers will “slip-stream,” or follow close to larger vehicles or trucks in an effort to catch their draft in order to improve their fuel economy.
New York’s Department of Motor Vehicles specifically addresses concerns related to tailgating on the state’s highways and city streets. In the state’s DMV Driver’s Manual, it is recommended that drivers allow for as much space between their car and the next as would be accommodated for by providing a distance of at least two seconds between each of the vehicles cars. To do so, the DMV advises drivers to identify an object and then count the seconds between the time at which the vehicle ahead of them passes the chosen object and the time at which the driver passes that same object. As defined in the DMV’s driving manual, allowing for any time less than this two-second period can be considered tailgating, which is illegal according to the New York Vehicle and Transportation Law (N.Y. VLTS).
The most common cause of rear-end collisions is tailgating. Speeding and other types of reckless driving may also be to blame.
Usually the person who is in the rear of the crash is the person responsible. However, there may be exceptions. If you were involved in a rear-end collision, it’s important to conduct an investigation to find out who is at fault.
Common injuries in rear-end collisions include whiplash, neck and back injuries, and spinal injuries. Lacerations and other soft tissue damage is also common from seat belts and airbags in the collision.
If you have been involved in a rear-end accident and are now facing traumatic and serious physical, vehicular or emotional trauma it is important that you contact our firm as soon as possible. You deserve compensation for your injuries or damages that you have received and we can help you.
We are Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek, P.C., and we have a combined 75 years of experience in aiding injured individuals throughout the New York area. We have helped retain millions of dollars for our clients and are proud to serve the NYC area. If you have been injured, call us immediately to receive a free case evaluation and to begin the claim process to receive the money you deserve. Contact us today at (212) 490-5700.
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