Rear-end accidents are one of the most common collision types. They can happen when a driver is not paying attention to the road or is following too closely. Most people imagine minor fender benders, but rear-end collisions can be disastrous for victims. Even a low-speed accident could cause an injury such as whiplash. A higher-speed collision could cause catastrophic injuries. If you or a loved one has been in a rear-end car accident in Phoenix, Arizona, contact Gerber Injury Law to speak with an attorney for free.
One of the key aspects of your rear-end accident claim will be proving fault. Arizona is a fault state, meaning you will need to establish the other driver’s fault before you can receive financial compensation from that person’s insurer. Most rear-end collisions come down to the fault of the rear driver. It is the rear driver’s responsibility to keep a proper lookout and maintain a safe following distance. In most cases, a rear driver’s negligent failure to brake on time causes this type of accident. Common causes include distracted driving, texting and driving, eating or drinking while driving, speeding, aggressive driving, unsafe lane changes, and tailgating.
In other cases, however, the lead driver could be at fault for a rear-end collision. If you crashed your car into the back of someone else’s vehicle, do not assume fault for the accident. The lead driver could be to blame if he or she had bad brake lights, brake-checked you intentionally or cut you off when making a lane change. Talk to the Phoenix car accident attorneys at Gerber Injury Law about fault before assuming you are liable. Our lawyers can investigate your rear-end collision and search for evidence of fault.
Once you or your lawyer determines fault, you can build a claim against the correct person in pursuit of damages. An insurance claim or injury lawsuit could pay for economic and noneconomic damages related to your injuries. This can include medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and property repairs. Rear-end accidents in Arizona lead to many hospitalizations for serious injuries each year. The most common involve the head, neck and back.
These are just three examples of dozens of injuries that could occur in a rear-end collision. High-speed rear-end accidents could cause catastrophic and life-threatening injuries, including spinal cord injuries and paralysis. You and your family may have thousands of dollars in medical costs after a rear-end collision. Filing an injury claim could be the only way to recover these damages.
Discuss your recent rear-end accident, as well as your injuries and the value of your claim, with the attorneys at Gerber Injury Law today. We care about clients and crash survivors in the Phoenix community. We also accept cases in Surprise, Mesa, Avondale and Scottsdale.Contact us online or call (623) 486-8300 today. Initial consultations are free.