Rear-end accident are one of the most common kinds of motor vehicle accidents. However, such a seemingly minor accident can be very complicated to sort out. One of the biggest issues in rear-end accident claims is determining who is at fault for the accident. New Jersey law requires that all drivers leave enough space between them and the car ahead of them to be able to safely stop. This means that, in many cases, the driver in the rear is at fault for the accident because they followed too closely and/or took their eyes off the road and failed to stop in time. However, it is possible to rebut this notion by proving that the driver in front was responsible, entirely or in part, for the accident, especially if they made some unexpected or unsafe maneuver.
Rear-end collisions often result in serious permanent injuries even if the actual damage to your automobile is negligible. You may have spinal, knee or shoulder injuries and/or traumatic brain injuries that can be debilitating, requiring ongoing medical treatment and will get worse as you age. The rear-end attorneys of Andres & Berger will have you consult medical experts who can testify as to your condition.
The rear-end accident attorneys of Andres & Berger, P.C. know that rear-end accidents are rarely simple, clear-cut matters. We are dedicated to protecting our clients’ interests, regardless of whether they were driving the car in front of the car in the rear. If you or a loved one were injured in a rear-end accident, our award-winning attorneys are ready to help you protect your rights and fight for the compensation you deserve. We’ve helped our clients obtain millions of dollars in compensation.
Even though New Jersey law requires drivers to leave a safe amount of space between themselves and the car in front of them, thereby creating a presumption that the car in rear is responsible for a rear-end accident, an experienced rear-end accident attorney can show that the car in front is responsible, at least in part, for a rear-end accident, especially if:
New Jersey uses a comparative fault paradigm, which allows a plaintiff to recover even if he or she is partially responsible for the accident, so long as the plaintiff was not majority at-fault. Comparative fault assigns a percentage of fault to each party in an accident — a plaintiff’s recovery is reduced by his or her percentage of fault.
Since New Jersey utilizes comparative fault, it is important to have an experienced rear-end accident attorney to represent you in a rear-end accident case. The attorneys of Andres & Berger, P.C. will investigate your rear-end accident to determine the causes of the accident and assign fault in the case. It is entirely possible that both drivers in a rear-end accident were at fault, such as a front driver who cut off a rear driver who was speeding. An investigation by an experienced rear-end accident attorney can help an injured party build a case that allows them to recover partial compensation for their injuries.
The experienced rear-end accident attorneys of Andres & Berger, P.C. have a proven track record of helping clients recover compensation for their injuries. Our attorneys have a strong reputation with insurance companies — they are more willing to negotiate fairly with us because they know we are ready to take a case to trial if they do not offer a fair settlement. We thoroughly investigate every rear-end accident case that we take on, building a case that will stand up in a courtroom. And we also work with the best consultants, including accident reconstructionists, safety engineers, board-certified physicians, and orthopedic specialists who help us establish who is responsible for your rear-end accident and what kinds of compensation you should be entitled to for the expenses you’ve incurred for your injuries and damages.
If you or a loved one were injured in a rear-end accident, contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at Andres & Berger, P.C. today for a consultation. We can advise you about your legal options, what kind of compensation you might expect by bringing a claim, and how we can help you obtain the best possible outcome for your case. We help clients injured in rear-end accidents in Marlton, Collingswood, Camden, and throughout South Jersey.
FAQ: What happens if multiple vehicles were involved in my rear-end accident case?
Having multiple vehicles in a rear-end accident can make the determination of fault more difficult. In these cases, all the drivers may share fault for the accident in some proportion, which they may agree upon in a settlement or which may be determined by a jury at trial. Multiple vehicles also mean multiple insurances policies available, which may increase the compensation available for your injuries. However, your best chance at the maximum possible recover is to have an experienced rear-end accident attorney representing you during the complicated negotiations among multiple parties.
FAQ: What happens if the other driver doesn’t have insurance?
New Jersey requires auto insurance companies to offer their insured drivers personal injury protection even if an accident was someone else’s fault. This allows you to recover from your own insurance policy for your medical expenses. You may also be able to recover from your own insurance policy under your uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage, if your policy includes this coverage..
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