Maryland Accident Lawyers Represent Victims Injured in Read-End Collisions
Understanding one of the nation’s most common road accidents
Rear end collisions make up almost 40 percent of accidents, making it the most common type of motor vehicle accident on the road. There are a number of reasons why a vehicle crashes into another vehicle in front of it, including driver distractions, excessive speed, tailgating and poor weather or road conditions.
Injuries from a rear-end crash can also run the gamut from minor to severe, including whiplash, causing neck, back and spinal cord injuries, as well as injuries from seatbelts or airbags. If you have been injured in a rear end collision and the accident was not your fault, call the Baltimore accident attorneys at Mallon & McCool, LLC. We help you recover the compensation you deserve for your injuries, property damage and medical bills.
Who is at fault in a rear-end collision?
99 times out of 100, liability will fall on the rearmost car in a rear-end accident. It is expected that, if a driver is maintaining a safe distance from the car ahead of them, they will have time to brake regardless of what the lead car may do. As a result, the rear car is almost always held responsible.
Even in cases with multiple cars, where one car collides into another, pushing that car into the car in front of it, the rearmost car is found liable. There are situations, however, where liability may be shared between the lead car and the following car.
Why rear-end collisions aren’t always cut-and-dry
If you rear-ended another car, you may not be found 100% liable for the damage. There are certain situations where the lead car can be found to share some responsibility for an accident. In extremely rare cases, the lead car may be found to be 100% at fault, but these are very uncommon.
For example, having their brake lights out, or failing to move a disabled vehicle out of the lanes of traffic may make the other driver partially responsible for your accident. Determining what level of responsibility both parties hold is a job for insurance companies and for your lawyer to figure out.
It is important to work with an experienced traffic law attorney, even in cases that seem simple. If you were rear-ended, you want to make sure you receive maximum compensation for your claim. If you rear-ended another driver, your attorney can help figure out if the lead car’s driver shares some of the fault for the accident.
Our Baltimore accident law firm will fight for your rights as a driver
If you’re suffering the effects of whiplash following a rear-end collision, or are being harassed by insurance companies, let the attorneys at Mallon & McCool, LLC, assist you. You can reach us toll free at (800) 918-8872 or contact us online. We serve various counties throughout Maryland including Baltimore, Baltimore County, Howard County, Carroll County, Anne Arundel, Prince George’s County and Harford County. Representing injured victims for more than 60 years. You pay no fees unless we win.