Louisiana Rear-End Accident Lawyer
Filing a Rear-End Collision Auto Accident Claim
Rear-end collisions are one of the most common types of car accidents in the United States. They are also among the most contested when it comes to liability. Many people believe that the person in the frontmost car can never be at fault for a rear-end crash, but this is simply not true. And, while many rear-end accidents result solely in vehicle damage, some lead to serious bodily injury and death, making the issue of liability even more important.
If you were injured in a rear-end accident, whether as the occupant of the front or back vehicle, Jones & Hill can help. You could be entitled to financial compensation for your damages, and our Louisiana rear-end collision lawyers can assist you in filing your claim or personal injury lawsuit. As true trial lawyers with more than 35 years of experience and a proven record of success, we are well-suited to help you navigate the legal system. We offer compassionate, client-focused service and are committed to maximizing your recovery, whether through a fair settlement or at trial.
Common Injuries Associated with Rear-End Collisions
Whether they are caused by distracted or drunk drivers, poor road or weather conditions, or other additional factors, rear-end collisions frequently cause severe and even catastrophic injuries.
Some common injuries associated with these types of accidents include:
- Back injuries, particularly lower back injuries
- Neck injuries
- Traumatic head and brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Slipped/herniated/ruptured discs
- Broken bones/fractures
In some cases, severe injuries will be immediately obvious; in others, they may take hours or days to appear. If you are involved in any type of car accident, you should always seek professional medical treatment, even if you do not believe you were significantly injured. Only a medical professional can properly diagnose and treat underlying injuries.
Liability in Rear-End Accident Claims
As previously mentioned, the issue of liability is a complex one in rear-end accident claims. In many cases, the driver of the rear vehicle is to blame, as all motorists are required to keep a reasonable distance between their vehicles and those in front of them. Drivers who are tailgating, following too closely, texting, or otherwise engaged in negligent behaviors may be unable to stop in time to avoid a collision and can be held liable for resulting injuries and damages.
However, in some cases, the driver of the rear vehicle is not (or not entirely) at fault for a rear-end collision. The front driver may be liable if they:
- Failed to repair a broken taillight on their vehicle
- Stopped in the middle of the road for no reason
- Reversed suddenly or without reason
- Engaged in aggressive or erratic driving behaviors
- Merged into a lane in front of an oncoming vehicle
Additionally, when there are more than two vehicles involved, fault may be shared among multiple involved parties. These and other factors can make it difficult to establish liability in rear-end accident claims, but our team at Jones & Hill can help.
Our Louisiana rear-end collision lawyers work with a team of accident reconstructionists, liability experts, and other specialists to conduct exhaustive investigations and develop powerful cases for our clients. We look at the facts of the case, including how the accident occurred and the severity of our clients’ injuries and damages, to fight for the maximum recovery possible. Our aggressive and thorough approach to litigation has helped us secure countless favorable settlements and verdicts for our clients over the past two decades—and we are ready to fight for you, too.
What to Do If You Are Involved in a Rear-End Collision
The first thing to remember after any accident is that you are required by law to stop, identify yourself, and provide reasonable aid to others involved. Failure to do so constitutes a hit-and-run and is punishable by criminal penalties.
In addition to stopping and remaining at the scene, try to do the following after a rear-end crash:
- Remain Calm: Try to remain calm and avoid assigning or admitting blame. Remember, only a thorough investigation will uncover the facts of the accident, including who or what caused it. If you apologize or admit fault, however, you could jeopardize your ability to bring a claim.
- Call 911: If you or anyone else needs immediate medical attention, call 911. You should also contact local law enforcement and report any rear-end collision that results in bodily injury, death, or estimated property damage of more than $500.
- Exchange Information: Exchange contact and insurance information with the other driver(s) involved in the accident. You should make sure you get their name(s), address(es), and vehicle license number(s).
- Document the Scene: Take pictures of your injuries, your vehicle, the other person’s vehicle, and other important elements. If you cannot take pictures, write down everything you can remember about what happened as soon as possible.
- Talk to Witnesses: If any witnesses saw the crash or can provide more information about what happened, be sure to talk to them and get their name(s) and contact information. Witness statements could be crucial to your future claim.
- Seek Medical Attention: If you do not receive emergency medical treatment at the scene, you should see a doctor as soon as possible after the accident. Even if you believe your injuries are minor, always see a medical professional for diagnosis and treatment.
- Notify Your Insurance Company: Most auto insurance companies require policyholders to notify them of accidents in a “timely” manner. This could mean within a few hours, a few days, or a week; make sure you understand your policy and obligations to your insurance provider.
- Contact a Lawyer: For help with your personal injury claim after a rear-end collision, reach out to the experienced attorneys at Jones & Hill. We have the experience, resources, and trial skills to help you navigate the recovery process.
At Jones & Hill, we provide free initial consultations and contingency fees, meaning you do not owe us anything unless/until we recover compensation for you. If we are unable to secure a favorable settlement from the at-fault party’s insurance company, we are ready to take your case to trial and fight for a fair jury verdict.
Compassionate, Client-Focused Representation
We understand how overwhelming it is to be involved in a serious car crash. You may be dealing with mounting medical bills and severe limitations due to your injuries, preventing you from getting back to work and earning an income to support yourself and your family. A rear-end collision can leave you suffering significant neck and back injuries, pain, and other physical hardships for months or even years. You may even find yourself facing considerable trauma as a result of the accident, making it difficult to get back on your feet and move forward with your life.
Our legal team is here to guide you through the recovery process and fight for the full, fair compensation you are owed. We treat our clients like we would our family members and friends, providing personalized attention and support every step of the way. At Jones & Hill, our goal is not only to help our individual clients recover after serious accidents but also to hold negligent parties accountable and make our communities better, safer places for all.
If you or someone you love was injured in a rear-end accident anywhere in Louisiana, call our office at (318) 707-0515 for a free consultation.