Rear-end accidents take place at an alarming rate. If you or someone close to you has been hurt in a rear-end crash caused by someone else’s negligence, we can assist you in determining your next steps. At Kenison Law Office, our Manchester car accident attorneys have the experience and knowledge to diligently handle your rear-end collision case. You can rest assured that we know how to hold accountable the driver who harmed you and can vigorously pursue any insurers that may be involved.
A rear-end accident takes place when one motor vehicle collides with the back of another motor vehicle. These accidents can range from low-speed fender benders to devastating high-speed collisions on the highway. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that 40 percent of the six million crashes that take place in the nation each year are rear-end collisions. In fact, approximately 2,000 people die and 500,000 are injured annually in these types of accidents. Data from the NHTSA reveal that 87 percent of rear-end accidents occurred because the rear driver was distracted due to devices unrelated to driving the car, such as cell phones. Typical causes of rear-end collisions include:
- Excessive speeding;
- Adverse weather conditions;
- Failing to keep a safe distance;
- Failing to obey traffic laws;
- Drunk driving;
- Drowsy driving; or
- Distracted driving.
A victim of a New Hampshire rear-end collision may be able to recover compensation under the doctrine of negligence. Negligence is a failure to use the care that a reasonable individual would exercise in the same situation, thereby causing an accident and injuries or death to another person. Reasonable care denotes how a prudent person would act in the same or a similar situation. In order to win on a negligence claim, you must prove that the defendant had a duty to use reasonable care, the defendant breached the duty to use reasonable care, and the defendant’s breach was a proximate cause of the rear-end collision and your resulting injuries.
Under New Hampshire law, each element of negligence must be demonstrated before any damages can be recovered. Compensable damages typically include medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, lost wages, property damage, pain and suffering, costs of future care, and any other damages arising from the accident. Each case is different, so the precise amount of compensation you will be able to recover will vary depending on the particular injuries suffered.
Rear-end accidents can lead to a range of injuries. If you or your loved one has been injured in a rear-end accident, you need to reach out to a skilled Manchester auto accident attorney who can help. At Kenison Law Office, we are dedicated to seeking the full and fair compensation you need to deal with your injuries. We understand how daunting it can be to think about a lawsuit after dealing with an auto accident, but you can be sure that we will make the process as seamless as possible for you. For a free initial consultation, feel free to call us at 603-945-7142 or contact us through our website.