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Being Involved in a Rear-End Car Accident

Car Accident Lawyer

Car accidents are extremely common to get into, no matter where you live or how safely you drive. In fact, you may be a stickler for the rules and believe that everyone else should be just as careful as you are on the road. However, this kind of mindset may not be able to protect you when someone else on the road is being careless or reckless. In these circumstances, a common type of car accident that can occur is known as a “rear-impact collision.” You have probably heard this more commonly referred to as a rear-end accident. It is common for this type of accident to happen whether you are driving in a neighborhood, on the highway, or on a city street and you may not be able to do anything about becoming the victim in this type of accident. 

Two Ways That a Rear-End Accident Happens

When you have been in a rear-end accident, a lawyer, like a car accident lawyer from a law firm like Brandy Austin Law Firm, PLLC, knows that you may be suffering from different types of injuries. As you consider whether you want to pursue a personal injury claim with the help of a lawyer, you will want to determine how the rear-end accident happened. There are typically two ways that this type of accident happens: 


  • Deceleration. In deceleration accidents, this typically happens when the car in front suddenly slows down for something. It could be that a deer walks into the road, they suddenly hit a patch of traffic, or they realized they were coming up to a red light. When this happens, the car in front suddenly slowing down may cause the car behind them to crash. 
  • Acceleration. Acceleration accidents can happen for many reasons, including automatically slamming on their gas when the light turns green, being distracted by a cellphone, or simply being inattentive when it comes to the traffic signals and conditions surrounding them. By accelerating too quickly, they slam into the person in front of them. 

In either case, the person who was rear-ended may be partially responsible for the car accident or they may completely be the victim. While many insurance companies will attempt to argue that both drivers are responsible for the accident, your lawyer will work to show that the person who rear-ended you was following too closely and should have been paying closer attention to the road. It is important that you bring as much information as possible to your meeting with your lawyer and that you consider all options when pursuing a personal injury claim.

For more information on filing a personal injury claim after you were injured in a car accident, reach out to a trusted local law firm for more information.

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