New York Car Accident Attorneys – Rear End Collisions
One of the most common types of accidents are rear end collisions. More often than not, they caused by a car’s driver following too closely, traveling too fast or even being inattentive. Our New York City car accident attorneys are even seeing more and more cases where drivers are texting while driving or chatting on their cell phones while driving. In these situations, there is a high likelihood of a rear end collision because the driver simply is not paying attention to what is in front of them.
From our New York City (Manhattan) office, our personal injury car accident lawyers have successfully represented hundreds, if not thousand of victims of rear end collisions who suffered personal injury. The law in New York is very favorable to victims of rear end collisions and recognizes that it is presumed that one vehicle which rear ends another is presumed to be at fault, especially where the vehicle which was rear ended was stopped in traffic or moving slowly at the time.
New York Vehicle and Traffic Law 1129 (a) states that the driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the speed of such vehicles and the traffic upon and the condition of the highway. New York’s Courts have recognized that an auto or truck driver is obligated by law to maintain safe distance between vehicles, and failure to do so, in absence of adequate nonnegligent explanation, constitutes negligence as matter of law. Our car accident attorneys have used this law to win countless cases by making a motion to the Court before trial, and have a perfect record of winning judgments for our clients in rear end collision cases.
The mechanics of rear end collisions are notorious for causing whip lash injuries, among others. Whip lash, is not an injury in and of itself, but it is a mechanism of injury, where the body is at first thrown backward, as the car moves forward from being jolted from behind and then suddenly forward. These mechanics cause hyper-extension and contraction in the neck and back, which often causes ruptures or herniations in the discs in the spine and nerve injuries. Many people don’t experience symptoms immediately, but a day or two after the accident, their necks or backs are suddenly tight and they have pain shooting down their legs or pain shooting down their arms.
Shoulder and knee injuries are also very common with rear end collisions. Usually the driver is holding the steering wheel and they are suddenly moved forward which cases a labral or rotator cuff tear. The restraining action of the seatbelt has also been known to cause rotator cuff tears or plexus injuries known as plexopathy.
Knee injuries are also a common result from car accidents which result from rear end collisions. Typically, as the person is thrown forward, their knee impacts the dashboard or is twisted. Our personal injury attorneys are have handled all types in knee injury cases including knee fractures, meniscus tears, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears, medical cruciate ligament tears (MCL) and chondromalacia, which is damage to the articular cartilage surrounding the knee bones.
If you were injured in a car accident in New York City (Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx) or Rockland County, call the New York car accident attorneys today for a free consultation.