San Antonio Rear-End Collisions Attorney
Many people equate rear-end collisions with fender benders, not giving them much thought. Rear-end collisions, however, can present extreme danger and can lead to long-lasting, negative health consequences. When drivers get behind the wheel, they accept the significant responsibility of helping to keep the road safe for everyone. Driving is a complex endeavor that demands every driver’s undivided attention. Unfortunately, however, rear-end collisions happen a lot—they’re the most common accidents on the road; more and more of them are being attributed to distracted driving.
Distracted Driving and Rear-End Accidents
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) shares that about 29 percent of all car accidents are rear-end collisions and that distracted driving plays a highly contributive role in these accidents. The DOT finds that driver distraction is in evidence in nearly 87 percent of rear-end accidents. Distracted driving plays a major part in rear-end collisions, which are the most common accident on our highways and byways.
Rear-End Collisions and Tailgating
Many drivers become frustrated when they approach slow-moving vehicles, but tailgating is always a dangerous practice. In fact, the Texas Department of Insurance reports that when drivers tailgate, they significantly reduce the distance they allow themselves for stopping their vehicles. Furthermore, the heavier the vehicle, the longer the stopping distance. Tailgating also reduces drivers’ perception and reaction times—the time a driver needs to perceive a hazard and react to it. When you tailgate, you simply don’t allow yourself enough distance or reaction time to drive safely, and rear-end collisions can ensue.
Always take rear-end collisions seriously, and, if you’ve been injured, seek immediate medical attention first. Then, retain experienced legal counsel. The skilled car accident attorneys at The Law Offices of George Salinas in San Antonio have the experience, knowledge, and dedication to advocate for your just compensation.
Other Causative Factors
While distracted driving and tailgating are major contributors to rear-end collisions, they are by no means the only factors involved. The DOT lists several other elements of driving that can play a decisive role in rear-end accidents:
- Inclement weather and resulting roadway conditions
- Time of day and the environmental light (dawn, daylight, dusk, dark of night, etc.)
- Roadway’s alignment (curved, straight, sloped, etc.)
- The interchange (intersections, non-intersections, entrance/exit ramps, etc.)
- Traffic density and flow
- Contributing factors related to the vehicle (condition of tires, brakes, etc.)
- Maneuvering of the vehicle (driving in a straight lane, changing lanes, etc.)
- Driver impairment
Avoiding Rear-End Accidents
Rear-end accidents happen, and they happen a lot. When you get behind the wheel of your car, always put safety first by implementing precautionary techniques that can help you steer clear of a rear-end collision:
- Always pay careful attention to the vehicles in front of you.
- Don’t drive distracted—put down your smartphone and keep your eyes and your attention on the road.
- Check your driving mirrors regularly and remain aware of the traffic around you.
- Always check for an escape route as you prepare to stop (in case the vehicle behind you isn’t paying attention).
- Stop your vehicle smoothly and systematically.
- Regularly check your tires.
- Test your blinkers and brake lights regularly.
Rear-End Collisions and Common Injuries
Rear-end accidents are commonly associated with neck injuries, such as whiplash. Neck injuries can be extremely unpredictable, and they can morph into debilitating physical conditions that can become chronic conditions. Such injuries may require continuing medical treatment and physical therapy.
There are also several other injuries that rear-end crashes frequently elicit:
- Facial lacerations
- Head injuries
- Leg, ankle, and knee injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
Whiplash is so common in rear-end collisions, and its consequences so often significant, that it's worth taking a closer look. Whiplash is a serious medical condition that frequently necessitates medical care—not only to alleviate its painful symptoms, but also to help reduce the risk of suffering further health complications. Whiplash and other neck injuries are often associated with a series of attendant symptoms:
- Stiff neck
- Ringing in the ears
- Jaw, arm, shoulder, or back pain
- Psychological symptoms, such as depression or increased anxiety
If you were in a rear-end collision that leads to any of these physical symptoms, seek medical care as soon as possible. The faster you’re properly diagnosed, the better your chances.
Your Rear-End Collision Case
Another driver rear-ended you. What next? It’s always in your best interest to get checked out by a medical professional—even if you don’t think it was a huge deal. Rear-end accidents can be deceptive, and the physical injuries they elicit can blossom over time. There are, however, other important tasks that you—or a friend, family member, or bystander—can attend, in support of your claim:
- Gather photographic and video evidence at the scene (include shots of the vehicular damage and the location).
- Gather eyewitness accounts and contact information.
- Jot down your account of what happened while it’s fresh in your memory (sketching a layout of where the accident took place can also be useful).
- Compile a comprehensive set of documents that reflects all your expenses (medical and otherwise) related to the collision.
These are important steps that can help preserve the evidence related to your claim and help strengthen your case overall.
If You Were Injured in a Rear-End Collision, Contact an Experienced San Antonio Car Accident Lawyer Today
If another driver’s negligence injured you in a rear-end accident, the skilled car accident attorneys at The Law Offices of George Salinas have the experience and commitment to help guide your claim to its most just resolution. We’re here to help, so please contact or call us at (210) 225-0909 to schedule an appointment today.
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