Rear-end accidents account for 29 percent of all car accidents in the greater Chicago area. Although common, some can be very serious and cause significant injuries and damage, leading to expensive medical bills and repair costs.
If you or a loved one were rear-ended, you could be entitled to financial compensation for the damages you have suffered as a result of your accident. The Joliet rear-end accident attorneys of Briskman, Briskman & Greenberg have been on the side of accident victims since 1987 and are ready to help you too.
Finding Fault for a Rear-End Accident
It is a widely held belief that the driver in the car behind the one that is hit is automatically at fault for a rear-end accident. This is not always the case.
Illinois uses a rebuttable presumption of fault against the driver in the rear. Although it is presumed that the car in the second position did cause the crash, that person can provide evidence that shows otherwise if they feel they were not at fault.
An attorney with experience in rear-end accidents will determine what happened and whether negligence played a role in causing the collision. It is helpful to have an attorney on your side who can examine the evidence and find potential holes. The other driver’s attorney and insurance company certainly will be doing the same.
Rear-End Accident Statistics
Rear-end accidents are among the most common, comprising around 28 percent of all accidents that cause serious injuries. Chicago’s rear-end accident rate is very slightly higher than this national average at 29 percent.
Seven percent of all accident fatalities are from rear-end accidents. When two cars are involved in a fatal accident, there is a rear impact 20 percent of the time. Fatalities and serious injuries are often involved with these accidents because the vehicle in front is usually traveling at a slow speed or is stopped when hit by the other car, which is moving faster. Occupants in the front vehicle rarely have the time or ability to brace themselves for impact when this is the case.
Causes of Rear-End Accidents
Rear-end accidents are frequently caused by the negligence of the driver positioned behind the car that is struck, but not always. Some common reasons for rear-end crashes include, but are not limited to:
• Following too closely
• Distracted driving
• Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
• Failure to react to weather-related road conditions
Reasons for the car in the front position to be at fault for a rear-end accident are fewer, as cars following others are expected to allow ample space and time to react to other vehicles. However, rear-end accidents can happen when a vehicle makes a sudden stop or does something else that is unexpected. For example, city drivers may attempt to avoid getting a ticket for failure to stop at an intersection by slamming on their breaks suddenly after they notice an attached red-light camera, causing the car behind to hit them.
Rear-End Accident Injuries
Due to the force of one vehicle hitting another from the back, rear-end accidents tend to result in certain injuries. The most common is whiplash. This soft tissue injury is caused by the snapping motion the head and neck make upon impact. Half of those with whiplash report having pain that lasts more than a year after their accident.
Other rear-end accident injuries:
• Back injuries
• Spinal cord injuries
• Traumatic brain injuries
• Airbag injuries
• Facial lacerations
• Wrist and arm injuries
You can potentially receive compensation for medical bills related to these injuries and any others you sustain in an accident. You also might be able to recover damages related to future care costs, lost wages and benefits, pain and suffering, and more.
The Briskman Guarantee
At Briskman, Briskman & Greenberg, we know you have a choice when it comes to selecting a personal injury or workers’ compensation attorney. That is why we have created the Briskman guarantee, which is a six-part promise that we make to each of our clients:
1. You will receive a free consultation with an experienced attorney.
2. Because we do not use call screeners, you will speak with an attorney when you call our office.
3. You will never have to pay a fee unless we can help you obtain compensation for your injuries.
4. We will always treat you with courtesy and respect.
5. We will keep you advised of all significant developments in your case.
6. We will promptly return your calls and emails.
The Briskman guarantee represents our firm’s commitment to our clients and their families. Other firms may claim to put their clients first, but our client testimonials and track record of success speak for themselves.
Joliet Car Accident Attorneys on Your Side
If you or a loved one has recently been injured or killed in a rear-end car accident, the dedicated Illinois personal injury lawyers at Briskman, Briskman & Greenberg can help. With over 30 years of experience advocating on behalf of injury victims, we know what it takes to succeed on behalf of our clients. When you invite us to work on your case, we begin working diligently for you and will keep you informed every step of the way.
As a part of the Briskman Guarantee, your initial consultation is free. We work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you only pay us when we successfully get compensation for you or your family. To learn more, call 1-877-595-4878 to schedule a free consultation today. Briskman, Briskman & Greenberg has locations in Joliet and Chicago to serve you better.