Rear End Accident Attorney Richard Harris
Most people think of rear end collisions as minor and maybe just something that happens at a traffic light when someone can’t stop in time.
But like everything else this is not always the case.
Sometimes rear end collisions can be a major accident causing property damage and injury.
To learn more about rear-end car accidents in Las Vegas and your rights call The Richard Harris Law Firm today.
We are well versed in rear end collisions in Las Vegas and have been in Las Vegas for over 40 years.
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Common Causes of Rear End Accidents
Rear end accidents are most of the time caused by human error when people aren’t paying attention.
Here are the most common causes of rear end collisions in Las Vegas –
Distracted Driving– this is the most common cause of rear-end accidents. This includes things like texting, talking on the phone, eating , drinking, and being distracted by small children in the car are all examples of distracted driving. When this happens the driver is distracted by the previous examples and doesn’t see the driver stop in front of you and therefore you don’t stop causing a rear-end wreck.
Following closely– better known as tailgating, this is when it is just too close to the rear-end of the car in front of them. Leaving little or no time to stop if needed.
If at a traffic light someone is too close to try and make the light is another example of driving too close.
You should always maintain one car length for every ten miles per hour. For example if you’re going 50 miles per hour you should be 5 car lengths from the car in front of you.
Stopping without cause– this causes rear-end collisions when the first car stops suddenly and without warning or can’t be seen when on a windy road. The rear driver can’t see the front driver or the front driver stops suddenly. This can cause a rear-end collision.
Vehicle defects-vehicle defects are less common than human error but can cause a rear-end accident. Breaks may fail or a tire may blow out without warning causing a rear-end collision.
Aggressive driving-people going too fast and riding someone’s bumper, abusing the front driver to tap on the brakes to warn them they are too close can cause a rear-end accident. This is aggressive driving between both parties.
Weather– Las Vegas doesn’t have severe snow and for the most part it’s dry. But when it rains it pours and there is street flooding. This can also contribute to a rear-end collision. When people just can’t stop because they are hydroplaning through a puddle.
If you have been injured in a rear-end collision in Las Vegas due to any of the circumstances above, call Nevada’s number one rear-end accident attorney The Richard Harris Law Firm and let us review your case free of charge.
Injuries Caused by Rear End Accidents
Rear-end accidents can cause a variety of injuries based on factors like speed, seat belts, the age of the car, and airbags are all factors in determining the injuries sustained in a rear-end collision.
Here are some examples of injuries caused by rear-end accidents in Las Vegas.
Whiplash– this is the most common injury from a rear-end accident. This is when the head is snapped back and forth from the impact of the collison. A mild case may just leave you with a sore neck and head for a little while. A severe case may involve extensive medical treatment and even surgery.
TBI or Traumatic Brain Injury– this happens when the brain is moved inside the skull or is severely damaged from an outside object. TBI’s are sometimes permanent brain damage and require ongoing medical care or very long rehabilitation.
Spinal Cord Injuries– spinal cord or back injuries are more common in rear-end accidents because of the force of the hit. Spinal cord injuries can take years to heal or may require surgery to correct and enve then they may never heal completely for someone.
Cuts and Lacerations– many accidents including rear-end accidents cause victims to get cut and bruises. These happen from broken glass or metal. The airbag going off is another common reason. Airbags can cause extreme bruising or cuts to the face when they go off.
Not all rear-end accidents cause injuries you can see.
Some accident victims are so traumatized from the rear-end collision they have been in that they suffer severe psychological damage known as PTSD or post traumatic stress disorder.
This psychological disorder can cause many symptoms and can take medication and therapy to help heal if at all.
At The Richard Harris Law Firm we understand the effects of a rear-end accident can have on our clients both financially and emotionally.
We work for our clients so we will do our best to get you the compensation you deserve for medical expenses, pain and suffering, future medical care, therapy and any other care that you may need.
We can help rear end car accident victims anywhere in Nevada including –
- Las Vegas
- North Las Vegas
- Spring Valley
- Sunrise Manor
- Carson City
- Lake Tahoe
- Sun Valley
- Boulder City
What To do After a Rear End Car Accident
Stop your vehicle- stop immediately and check for injuries. If possible get out of the way of traffic. Call 911 if there is an emergency
Exchange information- get all other drivers involved information including driver’s license, insurance information, vehicle information. All get this information from any witnesses.
File a police report- this is very important even if you think there are no injuries due to the accident. But you will need it for any insurance claims or car repairs. Also request a copy.
Gather Evidence- get information from any witnesses. Take photos or videos with your phone. Note the area of the accident and the weather in the evidence
Get medical care – whether you think you’re injured or not you should just get checked out. If you know for sure you are injured 911 should be called immediately and medical attention should come first.
Contact the best rear-end accident lawyer in Nevada.
Don’t speak with your insurance company until you speak with a rear-end accident attorney.
Insurance companies will try to settle for as little as possible or not at all.
Hiring an expert like The Richard Harris Law Firm can protect the victims in a rear-end collision from being undercut by big insurance companies that don’t want to settle your case fairly.
Who’s At Fault in Rear End Accident
Most people assume the rear driver is at fault automatically but that is not always the case in Nevada. Many times another driver or outside influences play a part in the fault of a rear-end collision. Only a thorough investigation can provide the answers as to who is at fault.
In Las Vegas you must prove who acted without a proper degree of care to determine who is at fault.
Nevada also has a comparative negligence rule that states that you may be entitled to compensation if you are less than 50% at fault for your accident.
These laws can be very confusing and your case may hang in the balance based on the at fault laws in Nevada.
Calling an experienced attorney like The Richard Harris Law Firm could be the difference between getting the combination you deserve and not.
It can be that simply not calling an experienced lawyer can cost you the entire claim.
How Can The Richard Harris Law Firm Help
Our team can lead a full investigation to determine who is actually at fault in your rear-end collision in Nevada.
We will represent you with all insurance companies.
Our team will build a case based on your injuries and the impact the rear-end accident has on your daily life.
We offer free consultations and take no fees unless we win your case
We will represent you in all court proceedings and get the most compensation allowed by law.
We have recovered over $1 billion for our Las Vegas clients and have been in Las Vegas since 1980.
We are Las Vegas’s rear-end car accident specialists.
Call the Richard Harris Law Firm today.