Can I Sue after a Rear-End Accident?

Involved in a Rear End Accident on the Streets of New York?

Motor vehicle accidents injure thousands of people each year, sometimes resulting in long-term medical complications. They are also extremely common.

According to the New York City Police Department, there are over 200,000 car accidents per year across the five boroughs of Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island. In January 2020, there were over 14,000 motor vehicle collisions, which is about one accident every three minutes. Those are only numbers of course, until you or someone close to you is involved in a serious crash.

While car crashes occur in a wide variety of ways, one of the most dangerous kinds of accidents is a rear-end accident.

These accidents occur when one vehicle crashes into the back of another vehicle, often at a stoplight or in heavy traffic. Often, there is nothing that the person being rear-ended could do to avoid the accident. Anyone who has been involved in a rear-end accident should be certain to consult with an experienced car accident lawyer to determine whether they may have a legal claim.

Rear-end accidents are somewhat unique in that the law presumes that the party who rear-ended is at fault in the accident. This is due to the fact that a prudent driver should be paying enough attention and leaving enough distance in front of his or her vehicle to stop without colliding with another vehicle. Some of the more common reasons rear-end accidents occur include the following:

  • Distracted driving.
  • Speeding.
  • DUI.
  • Improper braking.
  • Driver error.
  • Failure to maintain control.
  • Poor weather conditions.
  • Failure to obey traffic signals.

In these cases, the driver who hit your vehicle would likely be liable in the event of an accident. There are some cases, however, where other parties may be responsible for causing a rear-end accident. One common example of this situation is that of faulty brakes or steering equipment. If defects in either resulted in an automobile accident, the manufacturer of the equipment could potentially be held liable. After an accident, an experienced personal injury attorney can help determine whether and against whom you may have a claim.

Contact an experienced personal injury attorney today for a free consultation

Rear-end accidents have the potential to result in serious injury and significant economic and non-economic losses. The best way to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve is to retain the services of an experienced attorney. The NYC injury attorneys at Daniella Levi & Associates are dedicated to helping people injured in motor vehicle accidents recover for their injuries. To schedule a free consultation with Daniella Levi & Associates, call us today.

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Daniella Levi
This article was reviewed and approved by Daniella Levi, Esq. Ms. Levi is an experienced and aggressive personal injury attorney. In practice for over 35 years, she has dedicated her legal career to helping injured persons receive the compensation they deserve. Clients of Ms. Levi have received compensation worth tens of millions of dollars through tireless efforts with settlement negotiations and successful trial verdicts. Read full bio