Rear-end collisions can be caused by a variety of situations. Often, drivers are following another vehicle too closely, or one of them suddenly stops. In some cases, a driver is distracted by his or her phone, leading to an accident. Even rear-end collisions that seem minor can lead to injuries for many people involved, causing them to miss work or seek medical treatment. When a rear-end collision is due to another driver’s negligence, victims may be compensated for their losses. Queens car accident lawyer Marc S. Albert helps people injured in a rear-end crash pursue legal action to recover the compensation that they are owed from responsible parties.
For over 20 years, the Law Offices of Marc S. Albert has represented injured people in New York City and on Long Island in many types of personal injury and wrongful death cases. Marc S. Albert is dedicated to ensuring that justice is served on behalf of his clients. If you have sustained injuries, or a loved one has suffered a needless death, as a result of a rear-end collision, you can contact our office today to find out more about our legal services and how we can help.Rear-End Collisions in New York
The National Safety Council lists rear-end collisions as the most common kind of motor vehicle accident nationally. Each year, throughout the United States, over 2.5 million rear-end crashes occur. There are a variety of factors that can contribute to a rear-end collision, whereby one vehicle hits another vehicle from behind. Following another vehicle too closely, or tailgating another driver, is one of the most common causes of a rear-end accident. The New York Vehicle and Traffic Law prohibits drivers from traveling behind another vehicle in a manner that is closer than is reasonable and prudent. Speeding, distracted driving, intoxicated drivers, poor road conditions, and inclement weather can also contribute to a rear-end collision.
These crashes can lead to significant injuries. Although whiplash is the most common rear-end collision injury, victims also may experience broken bones, lacerations, paralysis, and traumatic brain injuries. Burns are also common in these types of accidents, since often airbags are deployed upon impact. If another driver’s negligence was the reason for a rear-end collision, an injury attorney can help you hold that driver accountable for the harm that he or she caused.Holding Negligent Drivers Responsible
When a driver strikes the vehicle in front of his or hers, the following driver is presumed to be at fault. However, victims pursuing personal injury cases must still show that the driver’s negligence actually caused the accident. Negligence exists when one driver breaches his or her duty to act as a reasonable and prudent person would act under the circumstances, causing another person’s injuries, which resulted in damages. For instance, a driver tailgating another car in violation of the law is an unreasonable, negligent act. Although in most cases fault lies with the following vehicle’s driver, the lead car’s driver can also be liable for a rear-end collision, such as when he or she stops suddenly, and the driver behind does not have enough time to stop.
Even if victims act negligently in contributing to their own injuries, they can still have legal recourse against another responsible party. New York adheres to a pure comparative fault model of awarding damages. This means that even victims who are partially, or mostly, at fault in causing their own injuries can receive compensation from another liable party. Damages are awarded proportionally based on each party’s degree of liability. Victims of auto accidents may be compensated for loss of property, lost wages, medical expenses, loss of earning capacity, and pain and suffering.Hire a Knowledgeable Car Accident Attorney in Queens or Beyond
Time spent away from work, doctor visits, and rehabilitative efforts can all have a financial impact on a car or truck accident victim. Many times, insurance benefits are inadequate to cover these costs, and legal action proves necessary. Queens attorney Marc S. Albert offers compassionate and zealous legal representation to victims injured by a negligent driver. The Law Offices of Marc S. Albert has offices in Astoria and Syosset, from which we serve people throughout New York City and Long Island. You can contact our office online or at 855-252-3788 today to learn more about your legal rights and options following a serious accident.