A car that witnesses say had stalled was rear-ended at high speed on the 10 Freeway just west of Downtown, at 4:20 a.m., Thursday, May 2, 2019. According to police, a Nissan Altima carrying three people had stopped on the freeway, and a pickup truck struck them and then rolled over.
One of the occupants of the Nissan was ejected from the car which was devastated by the impact. The ejected occupant and another passenger both died, and the driver of the Nissan was taken to a hospital in serious condition. The driver of the pickup sustained minor injuries. Police are still investigating the accident, and it’s too early to tell if any charges will be filed.
Rear-end accident are common and can be deadly. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, there are over 500,000 rear-end crashes each year the end up in injury or property damage. Out of these around 3,000 cause a fatality.
These crashes happen because of many factors such as a stalled vehicle, drivers stopping for traffic or another crash and then get hit from behind, distracted driving, falling asleep and impairment, to name the most common.
Types of Injuries
Because of the nature of a rear-end accident, there are certain common injuries that arise. Some of them are:
- Thoracic Spine Injury (Whiplash)
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Broken Ribs/Collarbone
- Deep Contusions/Laceration
- Organ Damage
- Chest Cavity Injuries
Who’s at Fault?
Most drivers have come to believe that if you rear-end someone, its automatically your fault. While it’s true that in most cases, the driver who rear-ends another is going to be considered to be at fault, it’s not automatic.
There are some instances where someone changes lanes and then slows quickly or someone inexplicably slam on their brakes which can put some or all of the fault on the rear-ended driver. Also, even if one driver is ticketed as the at-fault driver, this doesn’t mean that that same driver will be found to be negligent in a civil court.
Fault in a civil court is determined by negligence, and this means that the driver did not operate his or her vehicle with due caution so that others around them could proceed in safety.
Do I need an Attorney?
If you’ve been injured in a rear-end accident, talk to an attorney for a case evaluation. Don’t assume it was your fault or that the insurance company is going to agree that it was their client’s fault. Talk an experienced and knowledgeable attorneys who can give you unbiased advice.
Don’t go it alone. Call the Law Offices of Steers & Associates at 800 824 5416 or click here to contact us online. A consultation costs you nothing and you can have the peace of mind that someone is standing behind you. We have attorneys with years of experience dealing with every type of motor vehicle accident, and we get results against the insurance companies and their highly-paid lawyers. Call us now to even the playing field and get the compensation you deserve.