Rear-end accidents happen when one vehicle runs into the back of another. There are many different situations where this happens, including at stop lights and stop signs, in Dallas’s stop-and-go rush hour traffic, and when exiting parking lots.
If you’ve been involved in a rear-end accident, here are three things that you should know.
Rear-End Accidents Are The Most Common Type of Collision
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), rear-end accidents are the most common type of car accident. In the latest year in which the NHTSA reported accident data, rear-end accidents made up 27.8% of all traffic accidents.
So, if you’ve been involved in a rear-end accident, you are absolutely not alone. Thousands of other people have also gone through the same pain and worry this year.
What’s more, these other accidents have built a strong foundation for you that includes experienced legal representation, as well as insurance coverage, statutes, and case law designed to help you resolve matters and move forward with your life as quickly as possible.
The Driver Who Caused the Rear-End Accident Is At Fault (With Some Exceptions)
The law on responsibility for traffic accidents is different in every state. In Texas, the driver who is generally considered to be at fault is the driver who rear-ended the other. However, there may be exceptions in some cases, like when a driver enters the roadway from a private driveway where the law requires that driver to yield to other drivers.
Your Injuries May Be More Serious Than You Realize
In the heat of the heat of the moment when a car accident occurs, your adrenaline kicks in. The rush of adrenaline may prevent you from feeling how seriously you’ve been injured until much later. So, you must get checked out by a doctor as soon as possible after a rear-end accident.
That’s especially important because brain injuries like concussions can happen in rear-end accidents when a severe hit from behind can cause your head to snap forward.
Whiplash is another serious injury that commonly results from the head snapping forward. People also experience injuries when their airbags deploy or when their knees hit the dashboard of the car.
If you’ve been involved in a rear-end accident in Dallas or the surrounding area, the best thing you can do is talk with a lawyer. You’ll get real advice about your situation and guidance to help you protect your health and income. Contact our office to schedule a free initial consultation with an attorney. Reach us by phone at 800-TedLyon or send us a message.