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Oakland Rear-End Collision

When people think of a rear-end collision, they often imagine minor fender benders. While it is true that rear-end collisions are not always as fatal as some other types of car accidents, they can still pose a great risk to anyone involved. Many people also think that in an Oakland rear-end collision, the second driver, or the driver who ran into the car in front, is always at fault. This is not always the case, however.

While determining fault in any accident is difficult, it is particularly different in a rear-end collision case. Anyone injured in this type of crash should speak to an Oakland car accident lawyer.

Determining Fault in a Rear-End Collision

It is true that the most common cause of rear-end collisions is tailgating. This means that the second driver was following the first driver too closely.

When drivers do this, they do not have a sufficient distance to stop before hitting the car in front of them. When the second driver engages in this behavior while speeding, driving aggressively, or without properly functioning brakes, it is particularly dangerous. In these instances, those injured in an accident could likely hold the second driver liable.

However, the rear driver is not automatically at fault in Oakland rear-end collisions. There are some instances in which the first driver could be liable. These include:

  • When multiple cars are involved, including a third driver who rear-ends the second, causing a chain reaction.
  • When the first driver suddenly brakes in a manner that is unsafe.
  • Illegal behavior by the first driver including illegal U-turns and unsafe lane changes
  • Defective or broken brake lights on the first driver’s vehicle

There are many circumstances that result in rear-end collisions, often making liability difficult to determine. A personal injury lawyer in Oakland can help accident victims sort out the facts of the accident to establish liability.

Common Injuries in Rear-End Collisions

While many people think rear-end collisions are typically minor fenders-benders, this is not entirely true. When high speeds are involved or drivers are acting aggressively, things can quickly turn deadly. Some of the most common injuries seen in rear-end collisions include:

  • Whiplash
  • Face injuries from an airbag exploding
  • Ejection injuries, if seat belts were not used
  • Traumatic brain injuries, such as concussions
  • Multiple fractures
  • Deep lacerations, cuts, and bruising
  • Neck injuries
  • Back injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries

These injuries are not only serious, they are also typically costly to treat. With the help of an attorney, those injured can file a claim for compensation against any at-fault party.

Need Help with Your Claim? Speak to an Oakland Rear-End Collision Attorney

If you have been injured in a rear-end collision, now is the time for you to focus on your recovery. Let an experienced Oakland car accident lawyer handle the details of your claim, and deal with the other party’s insurance company. Contact us at Willoughby Brod, LLP at (800) 427-7020. You may deserve compensation, but you do not have to get it all on your own. Call us today or fill out our online form for your free consultation.

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