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Rear-End Accidents in New York

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.

In order to recover damages after a rear-end accident, it must be shown that the offending driver was negligent. Negligence occurs when a driver causes a rear-end collision because he or she failed to drive using reasonable care. Reasonable care is defined as what a reasonably prudent driver would have used in the same or similar circumstances. For example, a driver who causes a rear-end accident because he or she was following too closely would be considered negligent because a reasonably prudent driver would understand the risk of accidents associated with such behavior.

Injuries associated with rear-end accidents may vary in severity, ranging from whiplash to broken bones to paralysis. These injuries can be extremely costly to treat. Fortunately, New York law allows accident victims to recover a variety of damages for their harm, such as medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and many other costs associated with the accident. Calculating a person’s damages is not always easy, but you can rest assured that we understand how to accurately assess these costs for your case.

If you or someone close to you has been injured in a rear-end accident caused by someone else’s negligence, it is important to reach out to a Syracuse car accident attorney who can assess the merits of your case. At DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Lawyers, we are committed to helping our clients pursue the compensation they need to move on with their lives. For many years, we have helped New York clients resolve their personal injury claims, and we can help you as well. Please be aware that we have offices in New Hartford, Rochester, Oneida, Watertown, Cortland, and Oswego. For a free case evaluation, call us at 315-479-9000 or contact us online.

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