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Long Island Rear-End Collisions Lawyer

While there are a variety of ways that car accidents occur such as head-on collisions, side collisions, and sideswipe collisions, rear-end collisions are among the most common. While low impact rear-end collisions may not result in injuries, medium to high-impact rear-end collisions can lead to serious injuries or even death. Medical bills associated with the injuries coupled with loss of income can send a family's finances into disarray. Thankfully, the law allow injured victims to demand compensation for their injuries from the party whose negligence caused the accident. If you were in a car accident caused by a driver negligently rear-ending your car, contact an experienced Long Island rear-end collisions lawyer at Stephen Bilkis & Associates. We are dedicated to helping injured victims get maximum compensation for their losses.

Causes of Rear-End Collisions

Most rear-end collision accidents are caused by a driver following too close to a driver in violation of New York Vehicle and Traffic Law section 1129. Tailgating is dangerous because doing so makes it difficult to avoid an accident if the car in front unexpectedly decelerates. There is a presumption that a car that rear ends another car is at fault.

In Colon v. Vermouth Taxi Inc., 2015 NY Slip Op 31903(U) (N.Y. Sup. Ct., 2015), plaintiff Guillermo Colon was stopped at a red light at the intersection of 7th Avenue and West 43rd Street. According to Colon, when the light turned green he did not immediately go because there were pedestrians crossing the street. When he started to move, his car was struck in the rear. Defendant Mathieu Nyamba testified that the accident occurred because Colon made a sudden stop while attempting to make a right turn. Because of the sudden stop Nyamba testified that he was unable to avoid hitting Colon's car. The Court sided with Colon, noting that regardless of whether Colon was making a right turn or proceeding straight immediately prior to the accident, Nyamba failed to provide a non-negligent explanation for hitting Colon's car and did not explain why he failed to maintain a safe distance from Colon's vehicle as required by New York Vehicle and Traffic Law section 1129.

In addition to following too closely, other common causes of rear-end collisions include distracted driving such as texting while driving, speeding, driving while intoxicated, and poor weather or road conditions. Regardless of the reason you were rear-ended, if you suffered serious injuries, contact an experienced Long Island rear-end collisions lawyer to help ensure that you get just compensation for your injuries.

Consequences of Rear-End Collisions

One of the most common injuries suffered in rear end collisions is whiplash. Whiplash is a neck injury due to forceful, rapid back-and-forth movement of the neck. While in many cases the pain subsides after a few weeks, in many others, the pain becomes chronic and can be accompanied by dizziness, blurred vision, and ringing in the ears. Other injuries that are common to victims of rear-end collisions include:

  • Bruises and cuts to the face
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Broken bones
  • Spinal injuries
  • Airbag impact injury

With the help of an experienced rear-end collisions attorney serving Long Island, you can demand compensation that will cover your medical expenses.

In Tyson v. Nikolis, 2015 NY Slip Op 32003(U) (N.Y. Sup. Ct., 2015) Anatastasia Nikolis rear-ended the car driven by Jesse Tyson. Diane Tyson was a passenger. The Tysons were stopped at a red light when the accident occurred. As a result of the accident both Jesse and Diane Tyson suffered a number of spinal, back and shoulder injuries including disc herniations, disc bulges, cervical and lumbar radiculopathy, and adhesive capsulitis.

Contact Stephen Bilkis & Associates

Recoverable damages in settlement negotiations or a personal injury lawsuit may include your past and future, medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. However, to ensure that your rights are protected and your claim is properly filed, it is important that you are represented by an experienced at rear-end collisions attorney serving Long Island. Contact Stephen Bilkis & Associates at 800.696.9529 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your car accident. We serve clients in the following locations: Long Island, Westchester County, Suffolk County, Staten Island, Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Nassau County, and Queens.

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