Rear-end accidents are one of the most common types of road traffic accidents that generally involve the front end of a vehicle colliding into the rear of another vehicle. These collisions can occur at high and low speeds and almost always result in significant material and physical damage to vehicle occupants and to the vehicles themselves.
Rear – end accidents make up a significant volume of our work. We work with clients that have suffered damages due to a rear end collision in order to secure fair and just compensation on their behalf. This may include property damage to the car, medical expenses, lost wages and more.
Causes of Rear-End Collisions
Driver inexperience is a common cause of rear-end collisions as new drivers are unable to fully grasp how slowly the vehicle in front of them is going and how much room is in between them. Some other common causes of rear-end accidents include reasons such us:
- Distracted Driving
- Texting & Driving
- Reckless Driving
- Driving Under the Influence
- Failing to Yield
- Poor Vehicle Maintenance
- Drivers who fail to properly maintain their vehicles brakes and tires can cause rear-end collisions as stopping can be much more difficult with poor tire tread and poor brakes. Drivers who recklessly drive in bad weather conditions may also not permit enough space between themselves and the vehicle in front of them while could cause a rear-end accident.
Common Rear-End Collision Injuries
When the front end of one vehicle crashes into the back end of another, passengers in the backseat may suffer injuries as can those in the front seat. If a person was not wearing their seatbelt they are more likely to suffer serious injuries.
Some common injuries associated with rear-end accidents include:
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Back Damage
- Facial Injuries
- Dental Damage
- The sudden jerk forward and back of such an accident is what makes drivers and passengers more susceptible to suffering neck injuries and head trauma should they collide with the dashboard or headrests.
Compensation for Whiplash Injury
Whiplash is the common term for the type of injury that happens when a person’s neck suddenly stretches beyond its normal length as the result of an impact. That hyperextension of the neck can result in muscle tears, spasms, neck pain or stiffness, back pain, disc herniation, nerve damage, and headaches. If not treated, the problems only tend to get worse with time.
Experts say that whiplash is actually more likely to happen in a low or moderate speed rear-end collisions than in high-speed crashes. A crash of 10 or 20 kilometres per hour can injure a person, even though the car may not be damaged at that speed.
Proving Delayed Damage
When you’re injured or your car is damaged in a car accident and you want to make a claim for compensation, it’s your responsibility to prove that you suffered harm that was caused by the other person’s negligent actions. But drawing that connection between the other driver’s actions and your injuries can be challenging when you don’t feel actual pain until later.
If you feel ok at the time of the accident and refuse medical treatment, but then start to feel stiff and sore a couple of days later, you’ll need a doctor to document your injuries and rule out causes other than the accident. It’s also a good idea to consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer who handles cases involving low-speed crashes and knows what kind of evidence you’ll need to support your claim.
Steps to Follow After a Cyprus Low Speed Rear - End Car Crash
As with every accident, there are steps you should always take. The following precautions will help ensure your safety, allow you to begin recovering from your injuries and protect your rights:
Be safe - Do not get out of your car unless you are in a safe location. Do not move your vehicle unless it is necessary to protect your safety and the safety of those around you and you are physically able to do so.
Call the police - Check to see if anyone was injured. If anyone has suffered any injuries, call an ambulance. Exchange driver and witness contact information and, if possible, assist the police in the investigation.
Seek medical attention - If you are injured, it is likely an ambulance will be called to transport you to the emergency department. If you were not taken to the hospital by ambulance and you continue to experience pain or develop new symtptoms or a worsening of your symptoms, you should immediately seek medical attention. Diagnosing and treating all injuries caused by the crash is essential to your physical recovery as well as your ability to obtain full and fair compensation from the negligent party.
Start Your No Win no Fee Claim for Compensation Today
In this area of the law we work with clients that have suffered injuries due to rear – end collisions or accidents with the sole purpose of safeguarding their rights and claim on their behalf the maximum attainable compensation. We have assisted many victims of road traffic accidents to get the compensation they deserve. Our office has secured for many road traffic accident victims fair compensation for their continued medical care, the loss of their income and the pain and suffering they have endured due to the negligence of others.
Call us today at our law office in Nicosia at +357 22 020130 or email us for a free assessment of your road traffic accident case. If you are unable to visit us at our office we may arrange for a home or hospital visit.
Our law office is in Nicosia and we take on cases and appear before all district Courts in all cities of Cyprus, Nicosia, Limassol, Larnaca, Famagusta and Pafos.
We do not charge for the initial consultation. The decision of whether you wish to proceed is entirely yours. We will advise as to the merits of your case, the chances of success and the amount you may expect as compensation. We offer no win no fee funding agreements which means there is no financial risk to you.