Rear-end accidents are one of the most common types of car accidents. If you were hit by a negligent driver from behind, then a personal injury attorney from our firm may be able to help you. The Law Firm of Steven I. Fried, P.C. handles all types of auto accident cases. Our firm can begin helping you with the initial claim filing process, appealing your insurance settlement and even filing a personal injury claim for additional damages.
As you probably already know, car accidents in the New York metropolitan area are not uncommon. As an example, in the Bronx county, According to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) crash statistics, there were well over 10,000 car accidents in Bronx County in 2011. While this number is statistically lower than in previous years, the accident rate is higher than average for a single county. Below are some other troubling car accident statistics from 2011 for Bronx County:
- There were 48 fatal crashes
- A majority of all accidents were multi-vehicle crashes
- 1,458 crashes involved pedestrians
- 14 drivers, 22 passengers and 28 pedestrians were killed in accidents
If you fell victim to a rear-end accident or any other type of collision that you did not cause, you may need help from a car accident lawyer from our firm.
Liability in Rear-End Collisions
In most cases, liability in rear-end collisions falls on the driver who initiated the impact (the driver who damaged the front end of their vehicle). Some cases are more complicated than this though. Maybe a driver failed to replace their brake lights which is why another driver rear-ended them. Maybe a pedestrian was jaywalking so a driver had to slam on their brakes at the last second, causing the car behind to rear-end them. There are a variety of possibilities that could be at work when it comes to determining liability in a rear-end collision.
Recovering Compensation After a Rear-End Car Accident
If you were the victim of a rear-end accident, then a car accident lawyer from our firm can evaluate your case and determine how much compensation is appropriate. You may be entitled to compensation in the form of:
- Bodily injury insurance compensation
- Property damage insurance compensation
- Additional personal injury compensation for things like “pain and suffering”
The total value of your car accident claim will depend on multiple factors including percentage of fault, medical expenses, collision/damage estimates or replacement cost, emotional trauma and more. Insurance companies are reluctant to give claimants high settlements, even if they deserve them. This is because the less an insurance company pays to claimants, the more they profit. Our car accident attorneys can stand up against insurance companies so that you are fully compensated for your rear-end collision.
Retaining an Injury Attorney from Our Firm
If you or someone you care about was recently involved in a rear-end auto accident, take up your case with a personal injury attorney at our firm. The Law Firm of Steven I. Fried, P.C. has years of experience handling motor vehicle accident cases in New York City. Call our law office today to receive a free evaluation of your case and we’ll provide you with the legal counsel you need to take the best recourse.