If you are fortunate, you will emerge from a rear-end accident with only minor injuries and minimal vehicle damage. But for many people, that is not what happens. Even when the auto accident occurs at a relatively low rate of speed, the collision can total a person’s vehicle and result in severe, costly injuries that involve a long recovery. If you find yourself in this situation, you should not wait to seek legal help and protect your right to recover just compensation from the driver who caused your crash.
At Adamson & Cleveland, LLC, we can bring more than 40 years of combined legal experience to your case and a record that includes more than $150 million in verdicts and settlements that we have secured on behalf of clients in Norcross and throughout Georgia. We can review your rear-end accident case in a free consultation. Contact us now to discuss how we can help you.
Do You Need a Lawyer After a Rear-End Crash?
In most cases, you will better off consulting with a lawyer after a rear-end crash of any kind. At Adamson & Cleveland, LLC, we will thoroughly review your case and provide open, honest advice about how to proceed, including reviewing any settlement offer you may have already received from an insurance company. If we agree to work together, you can focus on your health while we:
- Handle all communication with the insurance company
- Conduct a comprehensive investigation of your case
- Consult with experts in fields such as accident reconstruction and life care planning in order to determine how your accident happened and its effect on your life
- Carefully calculate your damages by reviewing your medical records and other evidence
- Demand a full and fair settlement from the insurance company
- Go to trial, if necessary, to pursue the compensation that you are due.
We will represent you on a contingency fee basis. In other words, you will pay no costs or fees unless we obtain compensation for you. Our primary goal will be to ensure that you are treated as fairly as possible.
Who Is At Fault in a Rear-End Collision?
Your ability to recover compensation after a rear-end accident will depend on whether the other driver was at fault. As we have seen over the years at Adamson & Cleveland, LLC, the driver in the rear is most often the one whose negligence causes the crash. For instance, the rear driver may have:
- Followed too closely, or “tailgated,” leaving little to no time and distance to avoid a collision
- Broken the speed limit or driven too fast for road and weather conditions
- Failed to pay attention (typically due to being distracted by a phone call or text message)
- Fallen asleep at the wheel due to driving while excessively fatigued
- Lacked motor control and judgment due to being impaired by alcohol or drugs.
However, the driver in the front could also be wholly or partially at fault for a rear-end crash. The driver may have:
- Made a turn or lane change without checking mirrors.
- Failed to signal a turn or lane change.
- Suddenly stopped or slowed down.
Even if you share fault in a rear-end accident in Georgia, you may still be eligible to recover damages. Under our state’s modified comparative negligence law, you can recover damages as long as you were 49 percent or less at fault. However, your damages will be reduced according to the percentage of fault assigned to you.
How Do You Prove Liability for a Rear-End Accident?
To prove liability in a rear-end accident in Norcross, GA, you must conduct a timely and thorough investigation. Our team at Adamson & Cleveland, LLC, will immediately go to work on determining liability in your case buy collecting and reviewing evidence such as:
- Accident scene photos and camera footage (including dash-cam video if available)
- Statements from witnesses, including drivers, passengers and bystanders
- Event data recorder data (these devices are also called “black boxes”)
- Cell phone records
- Chemical test results.
Our attorneys also frequently consult with experts from a variety of fields in order to prove liability in a crash. For example, we may work with an accident reconstruction specialist who can help us to determine why a rear-end accident occurred and who was at fault for it.
What Are Common Injuries in Rear-End Collisions?
Whiplash is one of the most common injuries that people suffer in rear-end accidents. We know at Adamson & Cleveland, LLC, that these injuries are rarely “minor” ones. They can cause chronic pain and loss of mobility, and they often lead to expensive medical treatment and an inability to work. In addition to whiplash, victims of these crashes may also suffer:
- Back injuries (including ruptured or herniated discs)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Chest and abdominal injuries
- Traumatic brain injury
- Cuts and bruises
- Broken bones
- Internal bleeding and organ damage.
What Damages Can You Recover for a Rear-End Crash?
A knowledgeable Norcross car accident lawyer from Adamson & Cleveland, LLC, will know how to gather evidence and assess the damages you may be entitled to recover after a rear-end accident. Those damages could include:
- Property damage
- Past medical expenses
- Future health care costs
- Lost income
- Diminished earning capacity
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering
- Wrongful death damages (if you lost a loved one).
If an insurance company adjuster contacts you after an accident, you should consult with a lawyer from Adamson & Cleveland, LLC, before you accept any settlement offer. We can help you to review the offer and assess whether it meets your needs and goals. Our top priority will always be to ensure that you are treated fairly and with dignity.
Get Help from a Norcross Rear-End Accident Lawyer Today
Do you feel lost after you have been hurt in a serious rear-end accident? Are your medical bills piling up? Is the insurance company giving you the runaround? Don’t wait to get the experienced and compassionate legal help that you deserve. Contact us today and receive a free, no-risk consultation.