Rear-end Collisions Cause Whiplash and Other Serious Injuries
Kentucky car crash attorneys advocate for clients injured when a distracted or negligent driver smashes into the rear of their vehicle
A 2012 report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) disclosed that 28 percent of automobile crashes were rear-end collisions, making them the most frequent type. Despite airbags, headrests, and seatbelts, rear-end collisions continue to cause serious and sometimes permanent injuries.
If you or a loved one was injured in a rear-end collision caused by another’s negligence you should seek the guidance of an experienced Kentucky car crash attorney at Crandall & Pera Law as soon as possible. We have an enviable record of success in helping individuals and families throughout Kentucky who were injured in rear-end collisions caused by negligent drivers. Let Crandall & Pera Law put our years of experience to work for you.
What happens during a rear-end collision?
When a moving vehicle strikes the rear end of a stationary vehicle, all of its kinetic energy is transferred to the stationary vehicle, causing the non-moving car to jump forward. If the standing vehicle is behind other standing vehicles, it can be pushed into the vehicle directly in front of it, and that into the one in front of it, in a kind of chain reaction. Although the kinetic energy of the original car dissipates quickly, its size and speed can impart enough energy to damage two or more vehicles ahead and cause injuries to their occupants.
Drivers whose cars are struck in the rear most often sustain an injury called whiplash. This occurs when a sudden rear impact causes a driver and/or passenger’s head to slam back into the headrest of their seat, and then rebound forward beyond the normal range of movement. Since 1968, headrests have been standard equipment on all American-built vehicles and imports, in order to restrict the head’s backward movement in case of a rear end collision.
How serious are whiplash injuries?
A whiplash injury may cause nothing more than a stiff neck for a few days, or it may cause damage to the cervical spine and spinal cord, severe and lasting neck pain and headache, restricted head and neck motion, or even paralysis. Because of this possibility, a medical evaluation is necessary to determine the nature and extent of any injury, and to see if there is any imminent danger of its becoming worse.
How does Kentucky law treat rear-end collision liability?
Kentucky is a “choice no-fault” insurance state with a pure comparative negligence rule. No-fault insurance is the standard, but drivers may choose a traditional tort liability plan instead. In either case, the issue of responsibility must be decided in order to determine how much the “loser’s” insurance company pays, and by how much the payment is reduced because of the “winner’s” own contribution to the accident. Although it’s customary in some states for the rearmost driver in a chain rear-end collision to be declared at fault, Kentucky plaintiffs who opted for tort-based insurance must prove that the other driver was operating his or her vehicle negligently in some manner, such as by driving distractedly, texting or being otherwise inattentive. These kinds of accident cases can become complicated, so you should consider seeking the guidance of an experienced Kentucky car crash lawyer as soon as possible.
Let a skilled Kentucky lawyer at Crandall & Pera Law be your counsel for auto accident injuries
If you have been injured, or a loved one injured or killed in a car crash, seek legal advice as soon as possible. The Kentucky statute of limitations for motor vehicle accident cases generally provides an injured person two years, with important caveats, to file a lawsuit against those responsible. If suit is not brought in time, you may permanently lose any right to recover compensation. A qualified Kentucky auto accident lawyer can help by being your point of contact with other parties such as insurance companies and claims adjusters, and by overseeing the collection and evaluation of all the medical information and investigative reports necessary for your claim.
When liability is to be shared, let one of our attorneys protect your interests by seeing that it is shared equitably, consistent with the facts of the case. Please call us at 877-686-8879 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with a Kentucky car accident attorney. We have offices conveniently located in Lexington and Louisville.