Myrtle Beach Rear-End Collision Attorneys
If you have been injured in a rear-end accident, our South Carolina car accident attorneys can help you seek compensation for your injuries. Accidents of this nature can be devastating and extremely traumatic. The Law Office of William J. Luse can research all the circumstances surrounding the accident and work with you to determine the best path forward.
A rear-end collision may seem to come out of nowhere, forever changing your life in a matter of seconds. Our firm can perform a thorough crash investigation, analyzing photos of the damage to vehicles and the roadway, talking to witnesses, and reviewing police reports to put together a clear picture of liability and a strong case for your compensation. Call us the car accident attorneys at Law Office of William J. Luse as soon as possible at (843) 839-4795 to discuss your case.
Why You Need a Lawyer After a Rear-End Collision
Recovering from a car accident like this is a difficult and painful ordeal, and trying to do that while you deal with a mountain of legal and financial complications can be a nightmare. We know what you’re going through—the pain of recovery, confusion, frustration—we represent people every day facing the same difficult circumstances.
A skilled accident attorney is essential to building a successful case for compensation, whether you are able to settle out of court or have to take your case to trial. Your lawyer can investigate the scene of the accident and gather critical evidence to prove liability for your injuries. They can organize your medical records and line up experts to testify to the devastating impact the accident has had on your health. You need someone on your side who can speak with insurance company agents on your behalf. Insurers know how to avoid making a big payout, and an experienced lawyer can hold them financially accountable.
Why Hire Us to Represent You?
The rear-end collision specialists at Law Office of William J. Luse have considerable experience helping South Carolinians like you recover compensation from those who cause them harm. We know what it’s like to be in a devastating crash, and we work hard to make sure that our clients’ rights are protected, and they receive top-quality representation. Everyone deserves a lawyer who will fight for them like they would a member of their own family. Call us right away at (843) 839-4795 to get started.
Causes Of Rear-End Accidents
Rear-end collisions are among the most common types of car accidents—29 percent of crashes in 2017, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. Why do they occur so frequently? There are a number of poor driving practices that can cause a rear-end collision, including:
- Tailgating and aggressive driving
- Failing to signal a lane change
- Texting or other distractions behind the wheel
- Drunk or drowsy driving
When combined with low visibility, bad weather, or faulty brakes or tires, these behaviors can lead to a devastating accident.
Speeding and tailgating, or following too closely, are of particular concern. It takes the average vehicle traveling at 60 miles per hour about 180 feet to come to a stop once the brakes are applied. Add about 60 feet to that to account for the distance traveled from the moment the driver sees the danger and when they decide to brake. This makes a total of 240 feet, nearly the length of a football field. This distance can be multiplied by 2 if it’s raining or 10 if there’s ice on the road.
Distracted driving is another major cause of this type of accident. Texting, reading or sending emails, checking a map, talking on the phone, or reaching for an item in the back seat can distract the driver just long enough to keep them from noticing slowing or stopped traffic ahead, resulting in a devastating collision.
Rear-End Collision Injuries
The injuries that one may sustain in a rear-end car accident are many and varied. Some of the most likely injuries result from the car being propelled forward and coming to a sudden stop when it hits another obstruction, often the vehicle ahead. This rapid, sudden movement can cause a number of different problems, including:
- Head and brain trauma from heavy forward impacts
- Neck and spinal cord damage
- Slipped or herniated disks
- Facial scarring and disfigurement
- Impacts or burns from airbags
- Back and neck strains and sprains
- Seat belt injuries
Other possible injuries include:
- Organs or lungs punctured by broken bones or accident debris
- Crushed torso, ribs, or extremities
- Bone fractures
- Lacerations from broken glass or torn metal
- Mental and emotional trauma
No matter how minor your injuries may seem, or even if you feel fine, always get checked out by a doctor. You might be suffering from serious internal damage that is initially masked because of the adrenaline running through your body. Problems can manifest hours or even days later. If left untreated, these hidden injuries can become worse or even life-threatening. Beyond that, you will need medical documentation in order to put together a successful case for compensation.
Frequently Asked Questions About Rear-End Collisions
We understand that this is a confusing time, and you probably have many questions right now about liability, damage to your car, how much your case is worth, and other issues. An accident specialist can offer better guidance on your own particular situation after speaking with you personally, but here are a few answers that may help.
Who is at fault in a rear-end collision?
It may seem obvious that the driver of the car that hits the car in front of them would naturally be at fault. While this is often the case, the situation may be more complex. The accident may involve multiple vehicles, and the car that hit you may have been hit from the rear themselves, propelling them forward. A car in another lane could move over without signaling, causing a car in that lane to crash. Or a car in front may stop suddenly, whether through negligence or necessity, not allowing the car behind them enough time to stop.
Every case is different, and liability can involve the relative speed of the vehicles involved, driver impairment, bad weather, or other factors. It’s important to have a lawyer that can sort out all the circumstances that led to the crash.
Do I need to be worried if there was no damage to my rear bumper?
Many cars have plastic bumpers, which may cover up damage to the metal frame beneath. Even a light collision might cause damage. You should have the vehicle thoroughly checked after any rear-end accident. Rough or wobbly handling and strange vibrations while driving may be a clue to alignment problems. The trunk may not open or close as smoothly as before, or it may even pop open on the highway, obscuring your rear view.
What can I do to help my case?
After any accident, there are a few important steps you can take to increase your chance of having a successful outcome.
- Hire a lawyer skilled in accident litigation. There are many different types of lawyers, and some have more knowledge and experience in gathering evidence, dealing with insurance companies, and putting together all the elements of a successful case for compensation.
- Keep a pain journal and accident file. Every day, note how much pain or discomfort you feel when performing routine activities. It may help to keep a spreadsheet that includes the location on your body as well as the intensity of the pain, and any medication you take for pain relief. Take photos of your injuries and any vehicle damage as soon as possible, and keep them all together in a file.
- Follow any instructions from your doctor. Take any medication your doctor prescribes and complete any treatment plans. Failing to follow your doctor’s instructions can weaken your case.
Be careful what you say on social media about the accident or in general. Any information or pictures you post may be useful to the insurance company and hurt your own case.
What can I be compensated for?
If another driver was responsible for your accident, you may be entitled to receive compensation to cover the damage and expenses, among other costs. The compensation you may receive is highly variable—it will depend on the seriousness of your injuries and who is ultimately liable. Compensation can take a number of different forms, including:
- Payment for pain and suffering
- Medical and doctor’s bills
- X-rays and other diagnostic procedures
- Property and vehicular repair or replacement
- Coverage for prescription drugs and painkillers
- Long-term therapy and home care costs
- Mental and emotional treatment
- Wrongful death
- Wage replacement for the victim or family
- Funeral and/or burial expenses
When you speak with your lawyer, you should go over the specifics of the accident and how it has affected your life.
Speak With a Myrtle Beach Rear-End Collision Specialist Right Away
Don’t try to get through this alone. Law Office of William J. Luse has extensive experience representing South Carolina accident victims, and we work tirelessly to make sure you come out of this experience with a fair deal. We look forward to discussing your case. Call us at (843) 839-4795 or fill out our contact form today for a free consultation.