Rear-end car accidents is the most frequent type of collision that occurs
in the State of Michigan and throughout the U.S. In fact, in the U.S.,
rear-end collisions account for approximately 29 percent of all car accidents
and result in a substantial amount of injuries and wrongful death each year.
More often than not, these types of accidents are the result of a negligent
driver not paying attention to the road in front of them. Distractions
such as talking on the phone, texting and driving, eating while driving
or talking to passengers in the vehicle are all types of common distractions
that can lead to a rear-end collision.
Victims injured in a Michigan rear-end car accident do have legal rights
and may be able to recover compensation not only for their pain and suffering,
but also reimbursement for their medical expenses, lost wages, attendant
care and more. The families of those killed in rear-end accidents may
have a right to seek compensation for their losses too in a
wrongful death lawsuit. It is important to not only contact an attorney serving rear-end accident
victims in Detroit and throughout the State of Michigan, but a lawyer
who also has significant knowledge on no-fault laws and what losses a
person injured may be able to recover.
Michigan Law & Rear-End Car Accidents
Under Michigan law,
MCL 257.402 provides that drivers who hit the rear end of a car “shall be deemed
prima facie guilty of negligence.” This means that there is a presumption
that a driver who rear-ends a vehicle is guilty or at fault for the accident.
However, this does not mean that the driver is automatically considered
negligent. This is a presumption, and depending on how the collision occurred
this presumption can be invalidated, if for example, the car that was
hit did not have working taillights, or other forms of evidence/testimony
Whiplash and Common Rear-End Car Accident Injuries
Victims of rear-end collisions can end up having serious medical conditions.
Whiplash is the most common injury associated with rear-end accidents. This is
because these types of crashes involve a vehicle striking a stationary
car, therefore transferring its energy into the stopped vehicle and causing
the driver or passengers’ head and neck in the stationary vehicle
to quickly move forward in a fast jerking motion.
In addition to whiplash, other common injuries include:
- Head injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Herniated discs
- Knee injuries
Get Help After A Michigan Rear-End Accident
If you or your loved one was injured in a rear-end car accident, it is
in your best interest to discuss your case with an expert and experienced
attorney. An experienced attorney will not only be able to help you receive
the Michigan no-fault benefits you may be entitled to, but also receive
the compensation for your pain and suffering damages against the at-fault driver.
Goodman Acker, P.C. has an exceptional track record of success helping
clients obtain the maximum settlement for rear-end collisions. For over
75 years, our
car accident attorneys have represented persons injured or killed in a Michigan car accident
and can do the same for you. Call our law firm office today at
(248) 793-2010 to have a
free, no obligation conversationabout your case. We will evaluate your claim, determine if you have a case,
and explain what your legal rights are. Call now to get immediate help
or fill out our
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