How Much Can I Receive After A Rear End Accident?
There are several different types of automobile accidents that can occur depending on the circumstances surrounding the collision including side impacts, head-on accidents, multi-vehicle collisions, intersection crashes, accidents occurring when changing lanes, or rear end accidents.1 Collecting compensation for an auto accident claim can occur after any type of collision, but becomes contingent on multiple factors relating to the damages sought and causation.
The Basics Behind A Rear-End Accident
A rear end accident commonly is caused when a vehicle following another car collides with the back portion of a leading vehicle. These types of rear end accidents can occur due to a driver’s negligence in tailgating, inattention, intoxication, weather conditions, road defects, faulty brake lights, or unexpected construction zone.2 Regardless of the direct cause of a rear end collision, common injuries include whiplash, lower back injury, spinal column compression, disk herniation, face and head injuries such as a broken nose, fractured cheek, detached retina, or fractured jawbone, lacerations and bruises to the hip, chest, or torso from a seat belt injury, or injury to wrists, fingers, hands, or arms caused by air bag deployment.3
Compensation After A Rear-end Accident
The worth or value of a rear end accident will primarily depend on proving liability. Drivers have a duty to other operators based upon the mere conduct of operating a motor vehicle. First, there must be a breach of duty such as a failure to pay attention to conditions, reduce speed, maintain vehicle control, adhere to proper driving distances, or any other negligent act.4 Second, that breach must have been the cause of an accident which resulted in actual damages.5 Assuming that liability is determined based on a duty and breach analysis, the worth a claim is merely a calculation of property damages, medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, or other losses sustained, because of the car accident. In order to prove these losses, an injured party often will use repair estimates, hospital bills, expert testimony, or other records indicating expenses.
Contact an Experienced St. Louis Personal Injury Attorney for a Free Consultation
If you have suffered a loss or harm, it is important to discuss the circumstances of your injury with an experienced personal injury attorney who can help to protect your legal rights and interests. To contact a personal injury attorney for a free consultation please feel free to call The Bruning Law Firm at 314-735-8100.