Chicago Rear-End Car Accident Lawyers
Rear-end collisions can cause extreme damage both to the vehicle and the occupants. Being hit from behind is among the most common types of car accidents and contribute to an average of 2.5 million vehicle accidents each year.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, a rear-end collision happens every eight seconds in the U.S. It is the third-largest cause of vehicle accidents involving serious injury.
An Chicago Rear-End Car Accident Attorney can Help You Recover Compensation for Your Injuries
The car accident attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have years of experience with Chicago rear-end car accidents. We can assist you in obtaining the compensation you deserve for your injuries, property damage, or wrongful death.
As with all our auto accident cases, our services are completely free if we cannot recover compensation for you. Complete our online case intake form to discuss your rear-end accident case with an experienced auto accident lawyer during a free case evaluation.
Our auto accident attorneys currently represent accident victims throughout Illinois and the Chicago area, including Cook County, DuPage County, Kane County, Lake County, Will County, Aurora, Chicago, Elgin, Naperville, and Schaumburg.
Rear-End Car Accident FAQs
What Kind of Injuries can You get From a Rear-End Collision?
Statistics show that the most common types of injuries occurring in a rear-end collision involved whiplash, where the head and neck are thrown forward and backward in a whiplike motion. Other injuries include back problems, traumatic brain injuries (TBI's), head trauma, spinal cord damage, paralysis, and shoulder and wrist injuries.
High impact rear-ends collisions can also cause seat belt injuries that severely injure the shoulder, torso, and hip under the seat belt strap.
What Happens to Your Body in a Rear-End Collision?
Many rear-end collisions victims suffer the formation of scar tissue that could lead to a loss of range of motion. After a rear-end collision, the crash impact on the body can create long-term problems, including post-traumatic osteoarthritis, progressive wear and tear on the spinal column, vertebrate disc degeneration, bone spurs, and joint problems.
Are You Always at Fault if You Rear-End Someone?
Law enforcement and investigators often cite the motorists driving behind for causing a rear-end collision. However, liability for these accidents is not always automatic.
An investigation might conclude that the driver ahead swerved into the traffic lane, slammed on their brakes, and caused the rear-end collision. Other factors that might determine fault would be adverse weather and hazardous road conditions.
What Should You Look for after Being Rear-Ended?
If your rear end collision appears to be minor, you might believe that there is no damage to your car or truck. However, rear-end crashes can cause hidden damage to the trunk, bumper, or frame.
Additionally, nearly every rear-end collision causes wheel alignment problems, where the frame is bent, or the wheels are no longer correctly aligned.
Can a Rear-End Collision Cause Lower Back Pain?
Even a minor rear-end collision can produce intense lower back pain due to the crash impact. Many rear-end crash victims develop intense pain in the hours, days, or weeks after the accident that requires medical attention, physical therapy, or rehabilitation to resolve.
Seek out immediate medical attention to ensure that the doctor can use the most advanced diagnostic tools to evaluate your health.
Should I go to the Hospital After Being Rear-Ended?
Many rear-end collisions victims believe they narrowly escaped serious injuries will leave the accident scene without seeking medical care. However, it is imperative to go to the hospital or urgent care center immediately because only a competent medical professional with diagnostic tools can accurately diagnose a victim’s health issues.
Additionally, the insurance that would pay your claim might argue that your injury is not severe because you failed to see the doctor right away. Going to the hospital immediately is the best way to prove your claim when negotiating a compensation settlement or taking your case to trial.
Illinois Law on Tailgating
Following too closely or “tailgating” is a common cause for rear-end collisions. When motorists do not allow enough space between them and the vehicle in front of them, there is not adequate time to stop to avoid hitting the leading vehicle.
For this reason, most rear-end collisions will find the driver that hits the vehicle in front of them is at fault for the crash, the vehicle's damage, and injuries to the driver and his passenger.
Illinois state law states:
(625 ILCS 5/11-710) (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 11-710)
"Sec. 11-710. Following too closely.
(a) The driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the speed of such vehicles and the traffic upon and the condition of the highway.
(b) The driver of any truck or motor vehicle drawing another vehicle when traveling upon a roadway outside of a business or residence district and which is following another truck or motor vehicle drawing another vehicle shall, whenever conditions permit, leave sufficient space so that an overtaking vehicle may enter and occupy such space without danger, except that this shall not prevent a truck or motor vehicle drawing another vehicle from overtaking and passing any vehicle or combination of vehicles."
"(c) Motor vehicles being driven upon any roadway outside of a business or residence district in a caravan or motorcade whether or not towing other vehicles shall be so operated as to allow sufficient space between each such vehicle or combination of vehicles so as to enable any other vehicle to enter and occupy such space without danger. This provision shall not apply to funeral processions. (Source: P.A. 79-1069.)"
Car Insurance Companies Attempting to Deny Responsibility Rear-End Collisions
Given the prevalence of rear-end crashes, many auto insurance companies attempt to avoid responsibility by delaying or denying that their insured is responsible for the crash.
However, with this type of collision, there are circumstances where the vehicle in front stops or decelerates for no reason, and the person behind them cannot stop in time, regardless of the space between them. Although more challenging to prove, there are cases when the leading driver might be found at fault for stopping too quickly or for no reason, causing the driver behind them to hit them.
There are many reasons you must not give a statement to any insurance company representative before fully understanding the law applicable to these cases.
Common Causes Rear-End Accidents
While following too close is often the cause of a rear-end collision, it can also be due to other factors. Once again, in most cases, it is due to the driver's negligent actions who hit another vehicle from behind being distracted or driving recklessly. Some common causes are:
- Distracted driving – Using a cell phone or other electronic devices, talking to passengers, adjusting the radio, or even eating can distract drivers from watching the road and stopping in time.
- Drunk driving – Alcohol and other drugs can slow response time and cause drivers to rear-end vehicles in front of them.
- Speeding – Reckless driving, such as speeding, can lead to rear-end crashes.
Our Chicago car accident attorneys have handled many cases where our clients suffered severe injuries, including broken bones, back injuries, TBI (traumatic brain injury), severed limbs (amputation), spinal cord damage, internal bleeding, cuts, and lacerations.
Whiplash Injuries When a Vehicle Strikes From Behind
Although many types of injuries can occur from a rear-end crash, including over 2,000 fatal injuries every year, whiplash is one of the most common. It is estimated that over three million people suffer a whiplash injury to their neck or back in car accidents in the U.S. each year, many involving rear-end crashes.
These soft tissue injuries can cause pain for the victim that might resolve in a few months or continue for a lifetime of agony, discomfort, and disability. As car crash attorneys, our responsibility is to evaluate the unique circumstances involved in your case and maximize the financial compensation results for you and your family.
Our Chicago car accident lawyers have experience representing clients who have sustained severe back and neck injuries in car accident cases involving rear-end impacts. Some severe injuries suffered by our legal team's previous clients include:
The extent of your injuries might require future medical treatment that might limit you from returning to work. Our car accident attorneys can build a solid compensation case on your behalf to hold every party responsible for your physical, emotional, and property damages legally accountable for your medical bills and damages.
Our Chicago personal injury lawyers will hire experts in the fields of vocational counseling and economics to accurately present these elements of personal injury damages to an insurance adjuster or jury.
Chicago Rear-End car Accident Attorneys, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC
Were you or a loved one a victim of a rear-end crash in Chicago, Illinois, that resulted in injury or wrongful death? If so, you deserve to receive fair compensation for your injuries and losses.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC has experience negotiating car accident settlements and can provide you with the legal expertise to resolve your case to secure the best possible financial outcome for your accident. Our law firm has successfully resolved hundreds of Chicago auto accident injury cases for clients who have been injured in rear-end cases through negotiations in arbitration or with an insurance company or winning a jury trial.
We encourage you to discuss your case with our injury attorneys before considering talking with a representative from an insurance company. Contact our law office today at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone call) or through the contact form to schedule a free consultation.
All necessary documentation concerning your motor vehicle accident must be filed in the appropriate county courthouse before the statute of limitations expires.
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