Rear End Car Crashes in New York City: Liability and Common Injuries Explained

New York City Car Crashes Caused by Rear End Collisions: Liability and Damages Explained by NYC Personal Injury Lawyer

While there are many different types of motor vehicle accidents, the most common is the rear end car accident.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), every year in the United States there are over 2 million rear end collisions which are approximately 33% of all motor vehicle crashes. On average, this means there are about 4 rear end collisions every minute in the United States. Here in New York City, that number is likely higher than the national average given the increased traffic and population.  Rear end car crashes in New York City are very common.

If you or a loved one were injured or killed in a rear end car crash in New York City or Northern New Jersey, call the experienced personal injury attorneys at SAMUEL & STEIN for a free case evaluation by dialing (646) 681-4193 or using the convenient Evaluate Now box here.  We help victims of rear end car accidents get the compensation they deserve.

Liability in New York City Rear End Collisions

As the name implies, a rear end collision is when one vehicle strikes another vehicle from behind. Unlikely other types of motor vehicle crashes, liability in rear end collisions is easily determined. Under New York common law (judge-made law) and New York statutory law (legislatively made law), defendants causing rear end collisions are very likely to be found liable for all injuries to the victim caused by the accident unless they can provide a non-negligent explanation for the crash.

For instance, under New York Vehicle and Traffic Law s 1129 (a), “[t]he 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 vehicle sand the traffic upon and the condition for the highway.” If a defendant violates this statute, he or she is likely to be found automatically negligent for injuries caused to a victim under the principle of negligence per se. This is an important and powerful tool for a victim to wield.

Further, under the common law all motorists have a duty to use reasonable care under the circumstances in the use and operation of their vehicle. By failing to avoid colliding with another vehicle, especially one from behind, a defendant will have to come up with a non-negligent explanation why he or she rear ended the victim’s car. Distracted driving, tailgating, driving too fast, intoxication, and simply not paying attention are not valid excuses. With an experienced personal injury lawyer on your side, it is very unlikely the defendant will be able to do so.

Common Injuries from New York City Rear End Collisions

Rear end collisions can be very devastating because of the direction of the force on the body. We all have heard of whiplash injuries which are common in rear end collisions. But here are some other common injuries caused by New York City rear end collisions:

– Fractured bones;
– Herniated discs in the back or neck;
– Traumatic brain injuries;
– Cervical or lumbar injuries;
– Spinal cord injuries;
– Internal organ injuries;
– Significant lacerations or bruising;
– Seatbelt injuries;
– Paralyzing injuries such as paraplegia or quadriplegia;
– Wrongful death; and
– Many other types of injuries.

Victims of New York City Rear End Collisions Deserve Zealous Legal Representation

If you or a loved one have been injured in a New York City or Northern New Jersey car accident, call The Law Office of SAMUEL & STEIN for a FREE consultation by dialing (646) 681-4193 or use the Evaluate Now contact box. If we accept your case, we will conduct a free and thorough investigation into your accident and injuries to protect your rights to compensation. While we cannot guarantee a similar outcome to a prior result, we can guarantee that we will work hard for you and your family in your time of need.

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