People who are in a car when it is rear-ended often experience serious, painful injuries that are long-term or even permanently debilitating. Emotional trauma is often experienced as well. Often times, these injuries are difficult to diagnose, or the long-term effects are not known immediately after a crash. If you are injured in a rear-end collision in Kingston, Albany, Poughkeepsie or surrounding areas, the personal injury attorneys at Basch & Keegan can help you recover the compensation you need to cover your medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment in life you may have to endure because of another person’s negligence, recklessness or distracted driving.
Who is at fault in a rear-end collision?
Most often the driver of the rear-most vehicle is responsible for causing a rear-end collision. Typical reasons include following too close, speeding or aggressive driving, and distracted driving such as talking on a cell phone or texting while driving. Often times, the driver who collided with the car in front will claim that driver “stopped short,” and a collision was unavoidable. This “defense” often fails, because drivers are supposed to leave sufficient distance between themselves and the car ahead to account for a situation like an emergency braking. In some cases, however, the question of which driver was negligent, or whether both were, can be complex. The attorneys at Basch & Keegan have the knowledge and experience necessary to unravel complicated facts and make a powerful case that places responsibility for the vehicle accident where it belongs.
Common injuries in rear-end collisions
Whiplash, or Cervical Acceleration-Deceleration trauma (CAD), is one of the most common results of a rear-end collision. A whiplash injury can range from strained muscles and ligaments that dissipate over time to pain that never goes away. Any time you have been involved in a rear-end collision, it is recommended that you see a doctor soon after the accident, even if you feel all right at the time. Follow-up visits may also be in order if you later experience pain, dizziness, headaches or other unusual symptoms.
Other serious injuries in a rear-end collision can include:
- Back, neck or spinal cord injury
- Head injury, concussion or traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Internal bleeding or organ damage
- Compound fractures
- Facial lacerations
- Emotional trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Get help with Your Hudson Valley Rear-End Collision Injury
If you were hurt in a rear-end collision in the Hudson Valley, call Basch & Keegan at (845) 338-8884 in Kingston or (518) 288-5600 in Albany for a free consultation with one of our experienced and compassionate injury attorneys.