Our attorneys have extensive experience handling a variety of motor vehicle accident claims, including those involving acceleration-deceleration injuries. Our firm represents injured individuals and families who lost loved ones in rear-end collisions, in San Antonio, the Rio Grande Valley and throughout South Texas. To learn more about us, call 210-444-4444. You can also contact us online.
Factors Contributing to Rear-End Collisions
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has reported that rear-end accidents make up nearly a third of all car accidents. A number of factors may contribute to a rear-end collision, including:
Tailgating – Tailgating is aggressive driving, where one vehicle follows the one in front if it too closely. Many negligent drivers who tailgate are under the mistaken assumption that they will be able to react in time if the driver in front of them brakes.
Road conditions – Weather and other hazards on the roadway can make highways and other roadways slippery or limit visibility
Excessive speed – Drivers who are speeding are often unable to slow down in time to avoid a collision.
Reckless driving – Drivers who cut off other drivers while changing lanes greatly increase the likelihood that they will be rear-ended or will rear-end the car in front of them.
Driver distraction – Distracted driving impairs a driver’s ability to respond more than alcohol. Anytime a driver is taking his or her attention away from the road, whether it be by texting, talking on a cellphone, eating, adjusting the radio or something else, they are increasing the chances of rear-ending the vehicle in front of them.
Driving while intoxicated – Drivers who are drunk or high on drugs have diminished reaction times, limiting their ability to appropriately react to a vehicle braking in front of them.
Car defects and poor maintenance – There may be mechanical defects with the car that contribute to the accident. Brake failure may be attributed to product defects or the driver’s failure to have worn out brakes repaired. Similarly, bald tires may also prevent a vehicle from being able to stop in time to avoid an accident.
Our skilled lawyers will thoroughly investigate your claim, gathering necessary evidence to prove how an accident happened and identify all negligent parties. We are familiar with the tactics insurance companies will use to try and deny or minimize your claim, and we know how to fight them.
Role of Trucks in Rear-End Accidents
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association, nearly a fifth of all truck accidents involve rear-end collisions. Because trucks are so much larger and heavier than other passenger vehicles on the road, truck crashes often result in serious and potentially fatal injuries.
A number of factors contribute to trucks rear-ending the vehicle in front of them. Driving too fast for conditions and truck driver inattention are two common causes. Due to their weight, it takes longer for trucks to slow down than for ordinary passenger vehicles.
Cars sometimes rear-end trucks as well. These accidents are especially dangerous because the car often drives underneath the trailer in front of it, leading to fatal injuries. While most trucks have underguards place in the back of their trailer to prevent these sorts of a accidents, many underguards are not strong enough to adequately stop the car.
If You Have Been Rear-Ended, Hire a Strong Advocate
At Davis Law Firm, we want you to feel confident knowing that you have a strong advocate on your side so you can focus on your recovery. We have helped our clients recover millions in verdicts and settlements. You can count on our lawyers giving you our absolute best. If you would like to speak with one of our lawyers about your case, complete our online contact form or call us at 210-444-4444.
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