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Rear-End Collision

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Rear-end collision victims in NYC and Long Island are invited to call our car accident attorneys for expert legal advice.

Those involved in a rear end collision may initially believe their injuries to be minor, only to suffer later complications that lead to substantial hospital bills coupled with an inability to work.

At The Sanders Firm, our New York car accident lawyers represent victims of rear end collisions who’ve suffered injuries ranging from simple fractures to serious brain trauma. We understand the potential damages that can occur in such accidents and ensure that our clients receive the compensation to which they’re entitled.

Countless rear end collisions occur every week on New York streets and highways. Sadly, many of the injuries sustained in a rear end accident can have permanent implications. In just seconds a distracted driver who is texting, using their cell phone, speeding, tailgating or otherwise inattentive can change the course of another’s life. And our attorneys believe innocent victims shouldn’t have to shoulder the monetary burdens caused by another person’s negligence.

Boasting nearly five decades of combined legal experience, our law firm is well-versed in New York laws and No-Fault insurance coverage issues. In nearly all cases, the driver who rear ends the vehicle in front of them is considered the liable party. But in order to secure maximum compensation in a car settlement or lawsuit, it’s essential to partner with a reputable personal injury attorney who has a proven history of recovering damages in New York car accident claims.

Typical rear end collision injuries

The impact of rear end collisions can cause serious injuries such as:

  • Whiplash
  • Bruising or internal injury from seat belt
  • Concussion
  • Neck injuries
  • Back and neck sprains
  • Fractures of the vertebrae
  • Herniated or bulging discs
  • Leg and knee injuries
  • Lacerations caused by broken glass
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)

Whiplash – a painful hyperextension of the neck – is by and large the most frequent injury sustained in a rear end collision, and it’s normal for delayed symptoms to manifest several days or weeks after the accident. It’s imperative to seek medical attention immediately to determine the extent of your injuries, including those which involve soft tissues and may be difficult to diagnose in the early stages.

For many who’ve sustained serious or life-threatening injuries after such a collision, a successful car accident lawsuit in New York can help recover monetary damages for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses.

Common causes of rear end collisions

It only takes a few moments of carelessness or inattention on the road to cause a lifetime of pain and suffering.

A rear end collision can result from many factors, but these are some of the most common:

  • Tailgating
  • Distracted driving
  • Excessive speed or reckless driving
  • Driver fatigue
  • Impairment from alcohol or drugs
  • Vehicle defects
  • Inclement weather

Any type of car accident can leave its victims saddled with physical, emotional and financial damage, and a rear-end collision is no different. Depending on the extent and type of injuries suffered, victims may lose income while they take time off work, and be faced with ongoing medical and hospital bills, diminished earning capacity and property damage to their vehicle.

While responsibility may seem cut and dry there are certain scenarios where the driver who is hit from behind may share partial fault.

Establishing liability in a rear end collision

In 2012, New York was the scene of nearly 300,000 motor vehicle accidents, and more than 50 percent of these collisions caused serious harm to drivers, occupants and/or bystanders. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that 28 percent of all car accidents are rear-end collisions, which are generally avoidable if all drivers were to maintain a reasonably safe distance and speed.

Generally, unless the driver who rear ended another vehicle can prove otherwise, they are considered the negligent party. However, partial liability may fall on the driver in front in the following scenarios:

  • Unsafe or improper backing out of a parking space
  • Unsafe merging from a private driveway
  • Faulty or broken brake lights
  • Instances of road rage, where the brakes are suddenly applied for no valid reason

Even in seemingly minor fender-benders, injuries may not be apparent for days or even weeks. For that reason, your smartest move following a rear end collision is to consult a lawyer who can prove liability on the part of those whose reckless driving, cell phone use or tailgating caused the accident. Your attorney will also ensure that relevant insurance claims, including no-fault benefits necessary to pay medical bills, are accurately completed.

File a rear end collision lawsuit in New York

If you were involved in a rear end collision and want to explore your options for legal recourse, The Sanders Firm works with residents in the greater New York area, including Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, the Bronx, Staten Island, and Long Island.

Call our law offices to schedule a free consultation with a New York personal injury lawyer. Even if you suspect you may have been partially to blame for the crash, you still may be able to collect compensation in a lawsuit. Contact us today to arrange your no-obligation case review at 1.800 FAIR PLAY (800.324.7752).


  1. Safe Braking, NHTSA: 28% of crashes are rear-end collisions http://www.safebraking.com/nhtsa-28-of-crashes-are-rear-end-collisions/

  2. NY State Department of Motor Vehicles, Summary of Motor Vehicle Crashes, Statewide Statistical Summary 2012, http://dmv.ny.gov/sites/default/files/legacy_files/statistics/2012nys.pdf 

  3. National Transportation Safety Board, Mandate Motor Vehicle Collision Avoidance Technologies http://www.ntsb.gov/safety/mwl10_2012.html