Rear-End Collisions

Crown Point Rear-End Collision Lawyer

Representing Those Injured in Rear-End Collisions in Crown Point, IN

Being hit from behind by another vehicle can be a shocking and terrifying experience. Unfortunately, rear-end collisions are all too common in Indiana. When a driver fails to yield the right of way, is following too closely, or is otherwise negligent, they can cause a rear-end accident and put other people on the roadway at risk.

At Alvarez Law Offices, we understand just how devastating rear-end crashes can be for victims. You may be left with a range of serious injuries and may be unable to work for an extended period. Our Crown Point rear-end collision attorney is here to help you seek the maximum compensation you are owed for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. We have extensive experience handling these types of claims and are prepared to fight for you.

If you’ve been injured in a rear-end collision in Crown Point, IN, call (219) 300-5204 or contact us online for a free consultation with our Crown Point rear-end collision attorney.

What is a Rear-End Collision?

A rear-end collision is a type of automobile accident where one vehicle crashes into the vehicle in front of it. This usually happens when the following vehicle fails to stop in time to avoid hitting the leading vehicle. Rear-end collisions are one of the most common types of accidents on the road and can result in various degrees of damage and injury.

Common causes of rear-end collisions include:

  • Tailgating: Driving too closely behind another vehicle leaves little room for reaction time if the leading vehicle slows down or stops suddenly.
  • Distracted driving: Activities such as texting, talking on the phone, adjusting the radio, or even eating can divert a driver's attention from the road, increasing the likelihood of a rear-end collision.
  • Speeding: Driving at excessive speeds reduces the ability to stop quickly, increasing the risk of rear-ending the vehicle in front.
  • Poor weather conditions: Rain, fog, snow, and ice can reduce visibility and traction, making it harder to stop in time to avoid a collision.
  • Sudden stops: If the leading vehicle stops abruptly, the following vehicle may not have sufficient time to react and stop in time.
  • Mechanical failure: Brake failure or other mechanical issues can prevent a driver from stopping in time to avoid a collision.
  • Inadequate road conditions: Potholes, uneven pavement, or debris on the road can contribute to rear-end collisions by causing sudden stops or loss of control.
  • Fatigue: Drowsy driving can impair a driver's reaction time and judgment, increasing the risk of rear-end collisions.
  • Inexperience: Inexperienced drivers may have difficulty judging distances and reacting quickly to changing traffic conditions, making them more prone to rear-end collisions.
  • Aggressive driving: Aggressive behaviors such as tailgating, weaving in and out of traffic, and road rage increase the likelihood of rear-end collisions.

Types of Injuries in Rear-End Collisions

Rear-end collisions can cause a range of injuries, some of which may not be immediately apparent. For example, you may not feel seriously injured at the scene of the collision, only to discover hours or even days later that you have a serious neck or back injury. It is always best to seek immediate medical attention after any accident so that you can receive a diagnosis and begin treatment.

Some of the most common injuries caused by rear-end collisions include:

  • Whiplash (neck strain)
  • Concussions and other traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Back injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
  • Broken bones
  • Lacerations
  • Bruises and contusions
  • Burns
  • Internal injuries

Who is Liable for Causing a Rear-End Collision?

Indiana follows a legal doctrine known as the "rear-end collision presumption," which means that in most cases, the driver of the rear vehicle is presumed to be at fault for the accident. This presumption can be rebutted if the driver of the rear vehicle can provide evidence showing that the leading vehicle was at fault or that there were other extenuating circumstances.

There are certain situations where the driver of the leading vehicle may be held liable for a rear-end collision. For example, if the leading vehicle's brake lights were not functioning properly, making it difficult for the driver of the rear vehicle to see that the vehicle was slowing down or stopping, the leading driver may share some liability.

Indiana also follows a comparative fault system, which means that each party's degree of fault for the accident is considered when determining liability. Even if the driver of the leading vehicle contributed to the accident in some way (e.g., by making a sudden and unexpected stop), the driver of the rear vehicle may still be held partially liable if they were found to have been driving negligently or recklessly.

How a Crown Point Rear-End Collision Lawyer Can Help

When you hire our rear-end collision attorney in Crown Point, you can rely on us to handle all aspects of your claim. We have extensive experience negotiating with insurance companies and will work tirelessly to help you secure a fair settlement. If the insurance company is not willing to offer a fair settlement, we are fully prepared to take your case to court.

When you choose our firm, you can expect:

  • Compassionate guidance. We understand just how difficult this time is for you and your family. Our Crown Point rear-end collision lawyer will be here to provide the compassionate and personalized legal guidance you need and deserve.
  • Open and honest communication. We believe in keeping our clients informed at all times. When you work with our firm, you can expect to receive regular updates about your case and to have your phone calls and emails returned promptly.
  • Aggressive advocacy. Our Crown Point rear-end collision attorney is a skilled and strategic negotiator. We will fight for you at the negotiating table and in the courtroom.

Don’t wait to get the help you need. Contact us today at (219) 300-5204 to schedule a free consultation with our rear-end collision lawyer in Crown Point.

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  • Distracted Driving

    Whether it's due to texting, eating, or getting into an argument with a passenger, drivers who are not fully focused on the road greatly increase their risk of causing an accident.

  • Drunk Driving

    Despite rigorous laws and penalties, drunk driving remains a critical problem in Indiana. Alcohol impairs a driver's ability to operate the vehicle safely, often leading to serious, even fatal accidents.

  • Excessive Speeding

    Speeding reduces a driver's control over the vehicle and increases the chances of a collision.

  • Failing to Follow Traffic Laws

    Running red lights or stop signs, turning without signaling, and attempting to pass in no-pass zones are all traffic violations that can cause collisions.

  • Reckless Driving

    This includes a wide range of dangerous behaviors including tailgating, changing lanes without signaling, and aggressive driving. Such irresponsible behavior is often due to impatience, road rage, or lack of regard for traffic laws and safety.

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Common Car Accident Injuries

Car accidents can result in a wide range of injuries, some of which may be catastrophic and life-changing. Not all injuries may be obvious at first, which is why it is essential to see a medical professional after any auto accident. Our Crown Point car accident attorneys are ready to represent you if you suffered any of the following injuries because of another driver’s negligence:

  • Whiplash
    This soft tissue injury often occurs during rear-end collisions when the sudden motion causes the neck to jerk back and forth forcefully. Symptoms include neck pain, stiffness, headaches, and dizziness.
  • Head and Brain Injuries

    These can range from mild concussions to severe traumatic brain injuries. Symptoms may include headaches, confusion, memory loss, and in serious cases, long-term cognitive problems.

  • Broken Bones
    The impact of a collision can easily break bones, especially ribs, arms, legs, and collarbones. These injuries can be extremely painful and may require surgery to repair.
  • Spinal Cord Injuries

    These can lead to partial or complete paralysis, depending on the severity and location of the injury. Symptoms may include pain, numbness, and loss of function in certain parts of the body.

  • Burn Injuries
    A collision can cause a vehicle’s fuel tank to rupture and ignite, leading to fire and subsequently, burn injuries. Overheated engines or exhaust systems can also lead to burns if they come in direct contact with the skin during the accident. Electric vehicles pose a unique risk, as their lithium-ion batteries can catch fire upon impact in a collision, again potentially leading to burn injuries.
  • Internal Injuries

    These can be especially dangerous, as they are not always immediately apparent. Damage to organs, blood vessels, or the abdomen can lead to serious complications and requires immediate medical attention.

  • Psychological Injuries
    Car accidents can also lead to psychological injuries such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and depression. These types of injuries are often overlooked but can have a significant impact on a victim's life.



 

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