A car accident can change one’s life instantly. While some rear-end accidents result in minor damage and injuries, in other cases, rear-end accidents can be deadly. If you or a loved one has been injured in a rear-end accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your harm. At DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Lawyers, we are dedicated to protecting our clients’ rights in New York car accident cases at every step of the way.
A rear-end collision takes place when one vehicle crashes into the vehicle in front of it. These accidents typically happen when a driver is stopped for some reason (i.e., at a red light or in heavy traffic). Rear-end collisions are one of the most common types of automobile accidents in the United States. In fact, there are approximately 2.5 million rear-end collisions each year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 28 percent of all crashes are rear-end collisions. Rear-end accidents can be caused by a variety of negligent acts. Some common causes include but are not limited to:
- Aggressive driving;
- Distracted driving;
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol;
- Excessive speeding;
- Faulty brakes or automotive defects;
- Tailgating or following too closely;
- Poor weather conditions;
- Sudden or unexpected stops; or
- Improper lane changes.