Rear-end accidents are some of the most common collisions. Over a two-year period, rear-end collisions accounted for almost 50% of all two-vehicle accidents in the U.S., and took more than 1,700 lives each year. Negligence causes most rear-end accidents. If you or a loved one has injuries from a rear-end collision, the New York City attorneys at Sullivan Papain Block McGrath and Cannavo, P.C., may be able to help you fight for compensation from the at-fault driver.
Dealing with an insurance company can be difficult after a rear-end collision. In New York, no-fault insurance laws mean you will seek initial damage recovery from your own auto insurer, even if you believe the other driver caused your accident. Unless your injuries meet a certain threshold, you will not have the right to file a claim against the at-fault driver outside the no-fault system.
Your insurance company may try to downplay your injuries and low-ball your settlement offer. It may even try to deny a valid claim. A lawyer can take over communications with your insurance company, helping you negotiate for a fair outcome. If that does not work, your attorney may be able to take your case to court in pursuit of full compensation. While you concentrate on recovering from your injuries, your lawyer can handle complicated legal processes in the pursuit of financial recovery.
Victims of rear-end collisions can face significant medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages from their injuries – even after seemingly minor crashes. Although every case is unique, the gravitational forces involved in a rear-end accident cause certain injuries more often than others:
No matter what type of personal injury you sustained in a rear-end accident, contact an attorney to discuss the possibility of a claim.
In most cases, the driver in the rear of the rear-end collision will be liable for damages. The rear driver has a responsibility to keep a safe following distance from the front vehicle, as well as to pay attention to the road and to adequately maintain and use the brakes. Yet the front vehicle driver could be at fault if he or she had broken brake lights, or if he/she cut the other driver off and then slammed on the brakes. Determining liability for your crash may take help from an attorney.
At Sullivan Papain Block McGrath and Cannavo, P.C., we dedicate ourselves to the well-being of our clients and the community. We do our part to better both whenever we can. If you or a loved one has been in a traumatic rear-end collision in New York City, contact us to discuss your case. You could be eligible for financial compensation.