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Getting into a car accident can be a confusing experience for those involved. This is particularly true when someone sustains an injury. Rear-end collisions may seem cut and dry at first, but the reality is that these incidents can lead to significant complications when it comes to securing compensation for damages. Often, it is simply assumed that the rear driver is going to be at fault in a rear-end collision. That may be the case much of the time, but it is not always true. Here, we want to discuss some things that you can do if you have been in a rear-end collision in Orange County. These steps can help ensure that you are treated fairly, that liability is proven, and that you are adequately compensated if another driver was at fault for the collision.
Rear-end collisions are typically caused by the error of one or more drivers involved. It is true that liability for these claims often falls onto the rear driver. Every driver on the roadway has a responsibility to operate safely, and part of this responsibility is not to follow others too closely. When drivers follow other vehicles too closely (tailgating), they will likely be unable to stop in time or maneuver out of the way should the front driver have to slow down or stop suddenly.
Aside from tailgating, there are other common causes of rear-end collisions in California. This includes:
If you are involved in a rear-end collision, your first step is to stop the vehicle and check on your passengers. Then, you need to do the following:
Contrary to what many people believe, rear-end accidents can cause severe injuries for both drivers and passengers inside the vehicle. One of the most common injuries we rear-end collision victims sustain is whiplash. This is an injury caused by the rapid back and forth motion of the body, with the head in neck jerking back and forth. This can lead to significant strains of the neck and upper back muscles.
Whiplash is not the only type of injury that can occur in a rear-end collision. It is also not uncommon for victims in rear-end accidents to sustain the following:
Rear-end collisions are not uncommon. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), we know that rear-end collisions represent approximately 29% of all vehicle accidents in the US each year. While we do not have exact statistics regarding rear-end collisions in California, the state Office of Traffic Safety says that there were approximately 272,000 vehicle accident injuries reported across the state during the latest year of data available.