Rear-End Accident Lawyers Serving Spartanburg and Greenville, S.C.
A rear-end accident is the most common type of collision. These accidents account for nearly 29 percent of all traffic crashes in the U.S. each year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In most cases, a mistake by the driver in the rear causes the accident. If the driver had used reasonable care, the crash could have been avoided.
If you have been involved in a rear-end crash, you or a loved one may be suffering from whiplash or other serious injuries. It is important to get help from an attorney who will closely review your case and help you to pursue just compensation for your losses.
At Harrison, White, Smith & Coggins, P.C., we have a record of securing recoveries for rear-end accident victims and their families throughout Greenville, Spartanburg and surrounding areas in Upstate South Carolina. Contact us today. We can review your case in a free consultation.
Why Do Rear-End Accidents Occur in Upstate South Carolina?
As studies indicate, the driver who initiates contact with the vehicle in front often is to blame for causing a rear-end collision. There may be many reasons why this occurs, including:
- Driver inattention – The driver in the rear may have been texting, talking on a cell phone, adjusting a radio or allowing some other distraction to get in the way of driving when the impact occurred. The driver may have failed to see the front vehicle until the last second.
- Following too closely – The driver may have failed to maintain the “safe following distance” required by South Carolina law. Generally, a driver should leave a two-to-four-second following distance from the vehicle in front. If a driver follows too closely, the driver can’t react on time when a vehicle stops, turns or slows down.
- Speeding – The driver may have exceeded the posted speed limit or driven far too fast for conditions such as slick roads or congested traffic. A speeding driver has little if any time to react and avoid a crash.
However, it is not always the driver in the rear who is at fault in these crashes. For instance, the driver in the front may be at fault if the driver:
- Fails to signal before turning
- Drifts or abruptly crosses into an adjacent lane
- Stops suddenly (or has defective brake lights).
All of these are examples of drivers acting carelessly or aggressively and making bad decisions. If you or a loved one has been injured in a rear-end accident that was caused by any of these behaviors, you may be eligible to pursue compensation for your losses.
It is important to explore all facets of a crash. For instance, you may also be able to bring a claim against the manufacturer of a faulty automotive part (and distributors and retailers as well) if factors such as bad brakes or blown tires caused your rear-end accident.
Investigating Rear-End Collisions
A rear-end accident can result in serious injuries. In particular, whiplash commonly occurs in rear-end collisions. Whiplash can involve extensive damage to the muscles, discs, ligaments, joints, nerves and vertebrae of the cervical region and may also damage the brain. Around 10 percent of whiplash sufferers have lasting pain.
To recover compensation that will pay for medical treatment associated with whiplash and other injuries you have suffered (as well as lost income, pain and suffering and other damages), you will need to show that the other driver did something wrong to cause the crash.
Because of our decades of experience in this area of the law, Harrison, White, Smith & Coggins, P.C., will know what evidence to collect and analyze, including police reports, eyewitness statements, “black box” data, cell phone records, text messages and toxicology reports.
We can also consult with highly qualified accident reconstruction experts to analyze car damage, skid marks and other evidence.
By establishing a solid case on your behalf, we will be prepared to negotiate with the at-fault driver’s insurer and seek a proper settlement of your claim – or go to court.
Contact Our Upstate South Carolina Rear-End Accident Lawyers
If you were involved in a rear-end accident in Upstate South Carolina, there is a very good chance that another driver was at fault. It is important to protect your rights by contacting an attorney right away. Allow the legal team of Harrison, White, Smith & Coggins, P.C., to put our experience to work for you. Get started by contacting us today for a free review of your case.
Sources / More Information
• Analyses of Rear-End Crashes and Near-Crashes in the 100-Car Naturalistic Driving Study to Support Rear-Signaling Countermeasure Development, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
• Driver Attributes and Rear-End Crash Involvement Propensity, NHTSA
• Driver distraction and crashes: An assessment of crash databases and review of the literature, University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute
• Acceleration-deceleration injuries: ‘Whiplash Syndrome’, Neuromuscular Therapy Center