A rear end accident refers to an accident where a driver strikes another vehicle from behind. Often, the following driver is presumed to be at fault however, there are instances where a driver can be found negligent for coming to a sudden and abrupt stop. While rear end accidents can happen at any rate of speed, they typically result in an injury commonly referred to as whiplash.
Whiplash – also known to the medical community as the hyperextension of the cervical spine – is an injury to the neck where a force causes it to move in a forwards and backwards motion, much like the movement of a whip. At Montlick and Associates, our personal injury attorneys recognize that whiplash can be a serious injury warranting monetary compensation for its victims. If you were diagnosed with whiplash following a rear end accident, you should have legal rights. Contact our firm today to learn more about your legal options.
What Causes Rear End Accidents Resulting in Whiplash?
Rear end accidents are a very common type of accident that are typically caused by the following:
• Following another driver too closely, also called tailgating
• Driver inattentiveness
• Distracted driving due to the use of a cell phone, eating, or playing with the radio
• Accelerating from a stopped position more quickly than the driver in front of you
• Following driver accidentally takes his or her foot off the brake pedal
• Trying to drive through a yellow light when the driver in front of you stops
• Poor visibility due to adverse weather conditions such as heavy snow and rain
• Icy road conditions leading to a following driver sliding into the driver in front of him or her
How do Rear End Collisions Cause Whiplash?
When a driver is hit from behind, it naturally causes the car to push forward and the person’s head to snap backwards, leading to the ripping, tearing or overstretching of the muscles in the neck. Because whiplash is considered to be a “soft tissue” injury, it is often difficult for victims to be adequately compensated, despite the fact that whiplash can be serious and painful. That is why it is critical to contact a knowledgable Atlanta personal injury attorney to help you fight for your legal rights. An attorney can examine the facts and circumstances of your case and take the necessary steps to protect your rights. Contact Montlick and Associates to learn more about how our professional team of Georgia Personal Injury Attorneys can make a difference for you.
Contact Montlick and Associates for Compassionate Personal Injury Legal Representation
If you were injured in a rear end accident, it is important that you contact a personal injury lawyer at Montlick and Associates to help you learn more about your legal rights and options. The attorneys at Montlick and Associates are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia and in the Southeast, including but not limited to all smaller cities and rural areas in the state.
No matter where you are located, our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.