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Rear-end collisions can take people completely off guard. People rarely see them coming. They can be shocking and terrifying. Any kind of car accident can change your life. It interrupts your daily life and can cause a multitude of repercussions. From medical bills to vehicle damages, the financial burden of a car accident can be severe.

If you were involved in a rear-end collision, a Pickens rear-end collision lawyer can help you fight for the compensation you deserve. Our team at Hammack Law Firm can review your claim at no cost to you. Call us today at (864) 326-3333(864) 326-3333 to schedule your free consultation. We do not get paid unless you do.

Causes of Rear-End Collisions

In a study done by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), rear-end collisions are often caused by the following events:

Sudden Stopping

Rear-end collisions are often caused by suddenly stopping. If a vehicle comes to a sudden and unexpected halt, this action can result in rear-end collisions. The car behind does not have much time to react to the sudden stop and may collide.

Following Too Close

If you follow the vehicle in front of you too closely, you will not have as much time to react if they should stop suddenly. Increasing your following distance will increase the amount of time you have to stop.

Weather and Road Conditions

Weather and road conditions can reduce the amount of time you have to stop. If a road is slick with ice or water, your vehicle may slide if you try to stop too quickly. Therefore, it is essential to increase your following distance when the weather is bad. You should also increase your following distance if you are on a gravel or dirt road.

Distracted Driving

Distracted driving can easily cause a rear-end collision. If you take your eyes off the road, you will not be able to see someone stopping suddenly in front of you. Turning to talk to another passenger, answering a text, or looking down to change the radio station are all common distractions resulting in a rear-end collision.

Improper Lane Changing

If you change lanes too closely in front of another vehicle, they could rear-end you. Changing lanes in an intersection or just before an intersection could also cause a rear-end collision if the vehicles around you do not expect it.

Speeding

If you are driving faster than the people around you, you could cause a rear-end collision. Someone could change lanes in front of you, not realizing how quickly you are driving. Speeding also decreases your reaction time if someone stops suddenly in front of you.

Statute of Limitations

According to the South Carolina Code of Laws Unannotated §15-3-530, you have up to three years after your accident to file a claim. If you have been in a rear-end collision within the last three years, it is not too late to file a lawsuit. You can still file a lawsuit and fight for your rights. A Pickens rear-end collisions lawyer can help you determine what options you have available to you. Our team at Hammack Law Firm can walk you through the process and help gather the evidence needed to support your claim. Call us today at (864) 326-3333(864) 326-3333 to schedule your free consultation.

Compensation

If you were injured in a rear-end collision caused by someone else, you should receive compensation for the damages you sustained. A car accident can be traumatic and stressful. You have already suffered enough, and the responsible driver should be held responsible for your injuries and damages.

The at-fault driver’s insurance policy might not be enough to cover your damages, and you may need to file an underinsured motorist(UIM) coverage claim. The attorneys at Hammack Law Firm can answer your questions about coverage, and help you pursue a claim for your damages.

Current and Future Medical Expenses

You could be compensated for any medical bills you acquire due to your rear-end collision. When you are injured in an accident, even the most minor injuries can cause extensive medical bills. If you are likely to need future medical care for your injuries, you could be compensated in advance for medical care, such as surgeries or rehabilitation.

Vehicle Damages

If you were driving your vehicle when you were in the accident, you could be compensated for the cost of the repairs for your vehicle. If your vehicle is totaled, you could be compensated for a vehicle replacement.

Pain and Suffering

Pain and suffering is the physical and emotional pain you go through due to your car accident. While it is hard to put a monetary amount to this damage, it should be considered when determining fair compensation.

Loss of Income

If you had to miss work due to a rear-end collision, you could be compensated for the time you had to miss. You should not have to use your own paid time off or suffer a pay cut due to your accident. You could be compensated for the time you had to miss for the actual accident or for medical appointments you had to go to.

Decrease in Income

If you had a physical labor job prior to your accident, you might not be able to return due to injuries. You may be entitled to compensation for the difference in salary if you had to switch careers and take a pay cut.

How We Can Help

A rear-end collision can have a significant impact on your life. You should not have to pay for all of the damage someone else caused. A Pickens rear-end collisions lawyer can help you fight for the compensation you deserve. Our team at Hammack Law Firm can work with you to determine what options you have available to you based on the severity of the accident and the type of damage you sustained. You do not have to fight alone. Call us today at (864) 326-3333(864) 326-3333 to schedule your free consultation.

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