New Jersey Rear-End Collision Attorney
If you’ve been injured in a rear-end accident, you need a law firm with the skillset and know-how to get you the full compensation you need to cover your injuries, lost wages, and other losses. Brach Eichler Trial Lawyers is that law firm, and our New Jersey car accident attorneys want to help.
Chances are good that if you are involved in a car crash, it is going to be a rear-end collision. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 2.9 million crashes annually are rear-end accidents. That means 40 percent of all crashes are rear-ended accidents. Many people tend to associate rear-end crashes with minor fender benders. However, rear-end collisions can be extremely dangerous and cause serious injuries, even in what may at first appear to be a minor accident.
At Brach Eichler Trial Lawyers, we take rear-end accident claims seriously. These accidents can cause serious injuries to the head, neck, face, and spine, leaving a victim in pain and struggling to find relief. If you or a loved one has been on the receiving end of a rear-end accident, you may be able to recover compensation for your medical bills and time away from work.
Before you let an insurance company dictate to you what your claim is worth, contact the legal team at Brach Eichler Trial Lawyers for help. We can review the facts surrounding your case and help you negotiate with the insurance adjusters. Contact our office today at (973) 364-8300 to review your legal options and get the compensation you are entitled to.
Do You Need a Rear-End Accident Attorney Following an Accident?
The answer is absolutely, yes. Insurance companies are large businesses driven to earn a profit. This means that, as friendly as the insurance adjuster may seem on the phone, their focus is on minimizing your payout as much as they can, or even denying it altogether. Your attorneys know how to investigate your case to prove and substantiate the extent of your losses. Our attorneys are also skilled, assertive negotiators. We know how much your case is worth, and we won’t settle for a lowball offer.
New Jersey is a no-fault state, which means that you must first turn to your own personal injury protection (PIP) insurance to cover your medical expenses, lost wages, and other out-of-pocket costs. However, there are certain circumstances, depending on your insurance and the extent of your injuries, where you can file an injury claim or lawsuit against the at-fault driver to pursue additional compensation, such as pain and suffering.
We’ll pursue all avenues for compensation for you and build a solid case on your behalf to prove that the other driver is liable for your injuries and losses. An insurance adjuster may try to manipulate you into admitting partial fault for the accident, so they can pay you less for your claim, but we’ll prevent that from happening.
The legal team at Brach Eichler Trial Lawyers has experience in negotiating with big businesses. We work aggressively on your behalf to represent your best interests. That means getting you the maximum amount of compensation that you are owed. We will thoroughly review the facts and circumstances of your case and go head-to-head with an insurance adjuster to make sure you are getting what you deserve and aren’t being taken advantage of. Victims with attorneys end up recovering more money than victims trying to negotiate on their own.
Definition of a Rear-End Accident
A rear-end accident is a type of collision where one car strikes another from the rear. At lower speeds, these collisions may cause whiplash and other less severe injuries because the site of the impact is typically furthest away from the driver and other passengers. In higher-speed collisions, the injuries associated with rear-end collisions can be devastating.
Many rear-end crashes tend to occur at intersections such as traffic lights and stop signs. These types of accidents can also occur on congested highways and interstates. The stop-and-go nature of congested highways is of particular concern, but frustrated drivers who resort to aggressive driving tactics, such as tailgating, unsafe lane changes, and speeding, are also to blame for rear-end collisions.
Common Causes of Rear-End Accidents
It is unsettling to think about the fact that nearly all rear-end collisions could be avoided. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration finds that nearly 87 percent of all rear-end collisions could have been prevented if the rear driver has been paying attention. Think about that statistic for a moment: A significant portion of serious car accidents could be avoided completely if drivers would simply pay attention to the road.
This type of negligent behavior leads to 1,700 fatalities and another 500,000 injuries across the United States each year. “Not paying attention” is a broad phrase that covers a number of reckless behaviors that contribute to rear-end collisions. The following is a break-down of the most common causes of rear-end accidents:
Distracted driving: Distracted driving is by far one of the most common causes of rear-end accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration finds that reading the average text takes five seconds. If you are traveling at 55 mph, in those five seconds your eyes are not on the road, you will have traveled the length of an entire football field. In seconds, a distracted driver can suddenly find themselves crashing into the back of another vehicle because they were not watching the road.
Intoxicated or drunk driving: Driving while intoxicated significantly impacts a person’s motor skills and reaction time. Drunk drivers are at risk of cause rear-end accidents because they are unable to react to their environment in time to avoid a collision.
Driver fatigue: Sleepy or drowsy driving may lead to rear-end collisions because the driver has their eyes closed at the time of impact. Fatigued driving also contributes to failures in judgment and slowed reaction times.
Aggressive driving: Aggressive driving may include behaviors such as speeding, tailgating, following too closely, and cutting off other vehicles. These actions are reckless and negligent and are major contributing factors to rear-end accidents.
Rubbernecking: If there is one thing that can cause an accident, it is another accident. While we are all curious to know what is happening, rubbernecking can lead to serious rear-end accidents.
Poor weather conditions: Poor weather conditions such as ice, snow, or heavy rain are contributing factors to rear-end accidents. However, accidents happen in poor weather conditions because many drivers don’t use due caution, such as slowing down and leaving extra space between vehicles.
Injuries Associated With Rear-End Accidents
Rear-end accidents are often associated with whiplash and neck injuries. While that is certainly one common injury that can happen, rear-end accidents often cause much more serious damage than people realize. Rear-end accidents can be serious, even life-threatening events that can leave victims with lasting injuries. Some of the most common injuries associated with rear-end accidents include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Facial injuries
- Head, neck, and spinal injuries
- Broken bones
- Crushed ribs
- Internal bleeding
- Organ damage
Not only can these injuries impact a victim for years to come, but the medical costs associated with treating these injuries can also be enormous and take a significant amount of money to cover. Many victims find themselves missing work to recover from their accident. Missing work means missing income, missing income means missing payments. A victim may feel forced to settle for whatever an insurance company will provide because they see no other way out of the financial hole they find themselves in.
At Brach Eichler Trial Lawyers, we want to assure you that there is another way you. Our legal team will work with you and the insurance company to make sure you are getting the money you deserve, not a quick check that won’t be enough to cover your next physical therapy session.
Compensation for Rear-End Accidents
An experienced attorney will never throw out a random number when it comes to compensation. A skilled and experienced attorney will take the time to get to know you and the circumstances of your case before carefully calculating all of your damages. Every case is different and should be treated with thoughtful and careful deliberation. That is what we offer our clients at Brach Eichler Trial Lawyers: personalized care and consideration for their unique case and circumstances.
When you turn to your own personal injury protection insurance, you aren’t able to recover non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering, but you might be eligible for these damages in a third-party injury claim or lawsuit, depending on your insurance and the nature of your injuries.
While compensation is dependent on the type of case you have, there are some general categories that you may be able to recover compensation for, including:
- Current medical bills
- Future medical bills related to the accident
- Lost wages
- Property damage
- Loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
Contact an Experienced Rear-End Accident Attorney Today
Rear-end accidents can be serious and even traumatic events. The last thing a victim in pain wants to deal with is the constant barrage of calls from insurance adjusters demanding a quick and easy resolution. Quick and easy may pay your bills today, but what about tomorrow?
Insurance companies want to get your claim off their plate as quickly and cheaply as possible. When you sign that paperwork, you are signing away all your legal rights and settling for compensation that may not come close to what you need.
At Brach Eichler Trial Lawyers, we will fight to get you the full compensation you deserve to pay for your medical expenses and pain and suffering. You don’t have to take on an insurance giant by yourself. Trust the legal team at Brach Eichler Trial Lawyers to give you the compassionate guidance you need during this difficult time. Contact our office today by calling (973) 364-8300 in order to schedule a free case review to discuss your claim.