If you or a loved one have been injured or killed in a rear-end car accident, it’s crucial to speak to a skilled personal injury lawyer in order to pursue compensation for your injuries and other losses. The Disability Help Center in Nevada is available 24/7 at 855-704-4222 to schedule a free consultation with a rear-end accident attorney. During your initial consultation, we should be able to tell you what type of settlement to expect and how to receive it.
Causes of Rear-End Collisions
There are several factors that lead to rear-end collision accidents, including:
- Mechanical issues – faulty brake lights, brakes, car breakdowns, etc.
- Poor weather conditions – fog, rain, and snow can compromise braking distances and visibility
- Tailgating – when someone drives too closely behind your vehicle
- Drivers impaired by drugs or alcohol
- Distracted drivers – putting on makeup, using cell phones, adjusting car settings, eating behind the wheel, etc.
Breaching Duty of Care
The cause of a rear-end collision is usually the carelessness of at least one driver. When a driver fails to prevent foreseeable harm to another person, they are breaching their legal duty of care. Drivers who tailgate, drive while impaired by alcohol or drugs, or drive while distracted are not taking reasonable measures to prevent harm to others and are therefore unable to uphold their duty of care.
In most cases, the driver who hits the vehicle in front of him or her is the person responsible for the rear-end accident. Failure to fulfill his or her duty of care means they are liable for the collision. When there are several cars involved in the collision, it is typically the driver of the last vehicle in the chain that is liable for the multi-car crash.
Occasionally, you’ll come across a case where road defects (like potholes) or a car’s mechanical defects (such as brakes) cause a rear-end collision. When this happens, blame is placed on the third party (the city or the car maker).
What Happens When You’re Partially At Fault
Because Nevada is a modified comparative negligence state, an injured plaintiff can only collect compensation from another party if the plaintiff was less than 51 percent responsible for the accident that caused his or her injuries. This percentage can be difficult to determine. Oftentimes, only the jury can decide what percentage the plaintiff is responsible for. If it’s higher than 51 percent, the plaintiff will recover nothing.
Let Us Help
If you’ve been involved in a Clark County rear-end collisions accident, speak to a local attorney who understands these types of cases. At the Disability Help Center in Nevada, we have experience getting justice and recovering money for nearly every kind of personal injury case, including rear-end collisions. We work hard to negotiate the best possible settlement for our clients. Call us today at 855-704-4222 or fill out our online form. We are available 24/7 to set up a free initial consultation. And because we work on a contingency fee basis, you know we’ll work hard to get you paid. No win, no fee!