Helping Charleston Rear-End Car Accident
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, rear-end accidents are the most common types of accidents to occur on the road. They account for about 29% of accidents that happen each year.
Rear-end accidents are accidents that occur when one car is behind another car and hits the car in front of them. They often happen when the driver in front slows down or stops suddenly and the driver in back is going too fast or hasn’t given themselves enough distance. Sometimes the driver in back just is not paying attention.
A rear-end accident can be serious causing injuries and a considerable amount of damage to the cars involved. If you were hurt in a rear-end accident, you deserve to be compensated for your damages.
The Hopkins Law Firm is a team of Charleston, South Carolina attorneys with years of experience dealing with car accident and personal injury law. Read on to find out how they will help you protect your rights.
Who is Responsible for a Rear-End Accident?
In a rear-end accident, the driver in back is almost always at fault. In most cases, the driver in the rear will be engaging in reckless or negligent behavior such as speeding, driving distracted, or tailgating.
But in some instances, the driver in front may be at least partially at fault. For instance, if the leading car’s brake lights were not working properly or if the driver stopped to turn without signaling and did not complete the turn, they could be held partially responsible for the accident.
South Carolina is a tort liability state which means the victim can pursue a claim against the at fault party. It is also a comparative negligence state. This means that even if the plaintiff is partly at fault, he or she can still recover damages if their negligence does not exceed the negligence of others.
For example, if an accident occurs and the rear driver is found to be at least 51% responsible, he or she will have to pay the damages, but the damages owed would only equal the amount they are responsible for. So, if the rear driver is found to be 70% responsible, they would have to come up with 70% of the damages. The other driver would not owe anything.
Common Rear-End Accident Injuries
A rear-end accident can cause injuries that are serious in nature. Here are some of the most common.
Whiplash occurs when the head snaps back and then forward suddenly. It is not uncommon for victims of a rear end accident to experience this type of injury considering how the impact occurs. Whiplash typically goes away in time, but it can cause ongoing symptoms in some instances.
Spinal injuries can be severe. They can cause nerve damage, paralysis, and other permanent conditions.
Traumatic brain injuries
Head injuries often occur in car accidents. TBI’s are a type of serious head injury that can lead to confusion, loss of consciousness, permanent brain damage, and more.
Burns can occur if a car catches fire during or after the accident. They may lead to disfigurement and may require surgery.
Broken bones are usually not serious but, in some cases, they may require surgery and may cause limited movement on a permanent basis.
What Kind of Compensation Can I Get in a Rear-End Accident?
The compensation you can expect in a rear-end accident will vary depending on how seriously you were injured. Here are some of the damages a victim may recoup.
This includes any care that is necessary immediately after the accident as well as ongoing care which may include rehab, physical therapy, prosthetics, etc.
Lost wages will cover a loss of pay for time taken off work. They will also account for financial losses due to the victim being unable to return to their job, or having to take a lower paying position because they can no longer perform the duties of their current position due to injury.
Emotional and Physical Pain and Suffering
This type of damage can be difficult to put a monetary value on, but your lawyer will use their expertise to come up with a number that is fair.
Hopkins Law Firm Can Represent You in Your Charleston, South Carolina Rear-End Accident
If you were involved in a rear-end accident, you need a good lawyer on your side. The right attorney will review the evidence and help you build a strong case increasing the chances that you will get a positive outcome.
The Hopkins Law Firm is known for getting winning results in rear-end accident cases. They will fight for you like family and see to it you get the compensation you deserve. They will provide you with the guidance you need every step of the way.
If you were involved in a rear-end accident, don’t let at-fault parties get away with it. Call the Hopkns Law Firm for a free consultation so you end up with a verdict you are happy with.Schedule Your Free Consultation
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