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New Braunfels rear-end collision lawyerWhen you think of a rear-end accident, you may think of something small, like a fender bender. In many cases, injuries from a rear-end accident will likely be mild to moderate. However, any type of car accident has the potential to be serious. The Insurance Information Institute (III) states that rear-end car accidents were responsible for more than 7 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2019. Injuries sustained from a rear-end accident can affect your everyday life and result in chronic conditions that may never truly heal. If you have been in a rear-end accident, you should discuss it with a Texas car accident injury lawyer.

Determining Fault After a Rear-End Accident

One of the first things that injury victims should do after a car crash is try to determine whose fault the accident was. In most cases, rear-end accidents are the fault of the vehicle whose front end collided with the other vehicle’s back end. For example, a collision could take place if the driver of the rear vehicle fails to notice that the vehicle in front is slowing down. However, total fault is not always assigned to one person. In some cases, the driver in front can be partially at fault for the accident. For example, perhaps the driver in the above situation was slowing down to turn, but they did not have their turn signal on. They could then be found partially responsible for the collision accident.

Injuries After a Rear-End Collision

There are various injuries that could result from a rear-end accident, including:


New Braunfels car accident lawyerA rear-end accident that should have resulted in minor injuries created a domino effect of events that left one woman dead, according to a recent news report. New Braunfels law enforcement officials asserted that one of the drivers involved in a minor rear-end collision attempted to flee the scene of the accident after the initial collision. The fleeing driver reportedly crossed the center line into oncoming traffic causing a nearly-head-on crash with another car, killing the other driver. The driver attempting to flee the scene suffered critical injuries.

Fatal Car Accidents

While injuries from car accidents can result in minor bumps and bruises, some car accidents result in death. As many as 80 people are killed every day on American roadways, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Recent data collected by the NHTSA has found that traffic-related deaths across the nation have increased 7.7 percent in 2015 when compared to previous years. Over 35,000 people were killed in car accidents in 2015, an increase from the approximately 32,600 reported deaths in 2014.


New Braunfels personal injury lawyerEarlier this spring, a Texas family began their Easter holiday with tragedy as their 10-year-old son was killed and his seven-month-old infant sister was critically injured in a rear-end accident in North Harris County on SH249 and McKinley Road, according to news reports. Law enforcement indicated that neither victim was wearing a safety belt.

Looking Closely at the Rear-End Wreck

Generally, but not always, when a rear-end collision occurs in Texas, the driver who rammed into the back of the other car is found to be liable. There are exceptions to this assumption, however. For example, the driver who crashed into the back of the other car can put forth evidence showing any of the following to remove liability from him or herself:


rear-end-auto-wreck-crash.jpgNo one can really predict a rear-end car accident; collisions happen suddenly, and there is only so much we can do to prevent them. This is why it is so important for drivers to take special precautions before they get behind the wheel and prevent whatever damage they can, before it happens. Eliminating dangerous driving behaviors and unnecessary distractions can go a long way in creating safer roadways in the state of Texas.

What Causes Rear-End Accidents?

While many of the same driving habits and behaviors cause all kinds of accidents, there are specific actions that tend to cause rear-end accidents in particular. The Texas Department of Transportation reports that a majority of collisions are caused by following another car too closely and by speeding. These factors are often intertwined, creating a dangerous--and at times, deadly--combination where rear-end collisions are concerned. Maintaining a safe following distance, obeying speed limits, and yielding to surrounding traffic are all key to preventing rear-end collisions.


The sooner you call, the sooner we can build your case, secure evidence and get maximum compensation for your injuries.

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