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How Rear End Car Accident Lawyers Can Help

Did you know? Rear-end automobile accidents are the most common type of car accident in Kentucky. Nationwide, these accidents account for roughly 33% of all motor vehicle crashes.

With our offices in Bowling Green, Glasgow, Greenville, and Gallatin, we are close to our clients and travel to meet injured clients throughout Kentucky and Tennessee. The finest car accident attorneys will come to you.

Flora Templeton Stuart Accident Injury Lawyers have over 47 years representing clients injured in car accidents as local attorneys we provide personal representation explaining the process to our lcients assisting with vehicle replacement, referring to excellent physicians so we can negotiate top settlements when our clients have been rear ended by another vehicle.

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    One of our clients, James*, had his car crushed in a rear-end collision. After the accident, the police determined that the other driver was to blame for the collision. The other driver had been driving distracted. The police determined that he’d been using his cell phone at the time of the accident, and thus was not paying attention to his surroundings.

    His vehicle was totaled. He’d also sustained considerable injuries to his neck and back. He suffered from severe headaches.

    When we first met with the client, we explained the entire process and referred him to several excellent physicians. We made sure that every injury was properly documented so we could help him obtain a fair and reasonable settlement; after the initial accident he’d required hospitalization at a much later date, and had received an abnormal MRI. By the time he concluded his course of treatment, his medical bills totaled up to $75,000.

    After obtaining his medical records, we sent a settlement demand to the insurance company. Flora personally oversaw the case negotiations. This resulted in a settlement of $125,000. His health insurance provider paid the medical bills.

    We could not restore our client to his former life, but we were able to help him get the settlement he deserved without forcing him to go to court.

    Common Causes of Rear End Car Accidents

    It’s probably no surprise to learn that distracted driving is one of the leading causes of rear-end car accidents. When a person takes their eyes off the road for just 5 seconds, they travel the entire length of a football field while going 55 miles per hour.

    DUI, DWI, and driving-while-tired are other common causes.

    Failing to use proper turn signals or to execute proper turns causes another significant portion of these accidents.

    Tailgating, or following too closely, is another thing we see a great deal of. Failing to keep the proper number of car lengths between one car and the next means drivers are often unable to stop in time to prevent a collision. Tailgating is tied closely to aggressive driving, which can cause accidents in its own right.

    Of course, some of these accidents are honest mistakes. Prevailing road conditions and inclement weather can at times make it difficult for drivers to judge whether or not they have sufficient distance between their car and the next one in line. Loss of traction or skidding could easily result in a rear end car accident. Nevertheless, it is the driver’s responsibility to maintain control of their vehicle at all times, and that driver will likely be found at fault for the accident.

    Common Injuries in Rear End Car Accidents

    It’s common to see back, head, and spinal injuries in these cases that can lead to severe, chronic headaches. We’ve also seen lacerations on the chest, neck, and torso from the seatbelt, as well as airbag injuries.

    The full list of the most common injuries we see includes:

    • Whiplash
    • Herniated discs
    • Fractured wrists , ribs, and arms
    • Dislocated shoulders
    • Cuts and lacerations
    • Broken or missing teeth
    • Traumatic brain injuries
    • Crushed limbs

    In many cases, these injuries can take several months to heal. A few of them can be life-changing. Fortunately, we can help you get compensation for lost wages as well as compensation for your medical bills.

    Delayed symptoms are somewhat common in these cases. You may find that you require repeated visits to a medical provider to understand the full extent of the harm you have suffered as a result of your rear end collision. We urge you to visit a physician any time new symptoms arise.


    Who is liable for rear end car accident?

    Most cases the driver who rear ends the other vehicle is the at fault driver.  In some cases if the vehicle in front of them suddenly stopped without good cause you can have a comparative negligence where both drivers are considered at fault.

    What are soft tissue injuries?

    Rear end collisions often result in soft tissue injuries which means sprains, bruising, bulging disc, and injuries that do not result in surgery or invasive treatment.

    Should I wear a seatbelt in a rear end collision?

    A seatbelt should always be worn since it is Kentucky law and the best way to protect yourself.  Rear end collisions in particular are less severe on occupants who wear seatbelts.

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