Rear end car crashes can be among the most dangerous and even deadly car crashes out there. They typically happen unexpectedly and, quite often, the vehicle that crashes into the one in front of it actually plows into that vehicle without a chance to veer off and minimize the impact. There are characteristic injuries associated with these car crashes, particularly whiplash, which occurs when the drivers and passengers in the vehicle have their heads whipped back and forth by the force of the impact.

If you’re involved in one of these crashes, there are some things you should consider, which may determine whether or not filing a lawsuit would make sense in your case.

Did You Cause It?

This is the first thing you need to consider. If you slammed on your brakes or failed to turn on your turn signal and got hit from behind, you may well be the one at fault for having caused the accident. Conversely, if you did everything correctly and someone ran into you, anyway, you may well have a good lawsuit on your hands if you decide you want to go after that other driver.

Where Did it Happen?

Intersections are common places where rear end collisions occur. If you were obeying the lights or the stop sign and someone slammed into you, talking to a lawyer would be a very good idea. Some drivers try to speed through yellow lights or run red lights, even when there’s another vehicle right in front of them. There’s no reason that anyone should have to suffer property damage or actual physical damage because of this type of negligence.

Talk to an attorney if you believe that the other driver was negligent in a way that led to the accident. This is the key element in civil lawsuits. One party claims that the other was negligent in a way that caused someone to come to harm. People get away with dangerous, negligent behavior all the time, but there’s no reason this should be the case.

If you have been involved in a car accident and you need to talk to an attorney, you can talk to a rear end car crash attorney for free, in most cases. They’ll need to meet with you to determine whether or not they want your case, and this is usually a free service, so don’t delay in calling a lawyer.


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Paul d’Oliveira

Attorney Paul d’Oliveira has been practicing personal injury and disability law for over 30 years. He started his personal injury law practice in 1989 with two offices in Fall River, MA and East Providence, RI. Today his firm has 16 offices in RI and Southeastern, MA.

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