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All About Rear-End Collisions in Virginia

  • Posted on: Jul 31 2018
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Rear-end collisions are a common type of automobile accident and can result in both temporary and permanent injuries.  As they involve multiple automobiles, making a recovery may be a challenge due to the difficulty in establishing liability. Anyone who wishes to file a claim for their rear-end collision should speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.

What Causes Rear-End Collisions?

Rear-end collisions have a number of common causes, including:

  • Reckless driving
  • Speed
  • Distracted driving
  • Drowsy driving
  • Poor weather
  • Tailgating
  • Vehicle issues
  • Drunk driving

Common Injuries

Rear-end collision injuries can range from minor to severe.  Typical injuries caused by rear-end collisions include:

  • Head trauma/Concussions
  • Back injuries
  • Lower extremity injuries
  • Fractures
  • Lacerations
  • Internal bleeding

Contributory Negligence

Do not assume the driver who “rear-ends” a car in front of him is negligent. Virginia is a negligence state.  This means the injured party has the burden of proving the driver who rear-ended his vehicle was negligent and the injured party was not negligent.  For example, if a distracted driver suddenly slams on his brakes or switches lanes and is rear-ended, he may be denied compensation.  A thorough investigation must be conducted and may include examination of the vehicles involved and interviewing witnesses.

Rear-End Collisions Involving Multiple Vehicles

Rear-end collisions resulting in multiple vehicle involvement, or “chain accidents” occur when a driver hits a vehicle and that vehicle is pushed into another vehicle.  Multi-vehicle crashes require prompt and detailed attention as witnesses, including police officers, should be interviewed and the scene should be examined.

Virginia Personal Injury Attorneys

At Walker Jones, PC, our experienced Virginia personal injury attorneys are dedicated to helping those who have been injured in automobile accidents receive compensation for their injuries. Our  lawyers work tirelessly for our clients, guiding them through the legal system while ensuring that they receive the most effective representation possible. In addition, our clients pay no legal fees for our efforts unless their claims are successful. If you or a loved one has been injured in an automobile accident, please allow us help you. Call our office today for a free consultation.

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