If you are the victim of a car accident where your vehicle was struck in the rear you should consult a lawyer who handles car accident cases to discuss your rights. Zalman Schnurman & Miner is a New York law firm experienced in handling all types of car accident cases including rear end accidents. Generally motor vehicles must travel far enough behind the vehicle in front of them to be able to come to a complete stop without striking the vehicle in front of them, even if the front vehicle needs to stop due to an emergency. New York State Vehicle & Traffic Law Section 1129 states that:
(a) The driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the speed of such vehicles and the traffic upon and the condition of the highway.Accordingly, when one vehicle strikes another vehicle from the rear, the rear vehicle is generally considered at fault for the accident. There are exceptions to this rule, so you should always consult an attorney experienced in handling motor vehicle car accident case and who is familiar with the law for New York car accident cases. Serious injuries can occur when one is hit from behind while in a car. This is because the rear vehicle is travelling at a greater rate of speed than the front vehicle, and often the front vehicle is at a complete stop. Thus the force of the rear vehicle is transferred through the front vehicle. As a result the occupant of the front vehicle is thrown forward, striking a portion of the interior of the vehicle and/or being forcefully restrained by a seat belt, before being thrown backwards in a whiplash fashion. It is not unusual for victims of rear end accidents to suffer serious injuries such as broken bones, fractures, whiplash, and back and neck injuries such as herniated discs and bulging discs. If you are involved in an automobile accident you should make sure that the police are called and a report is made. The police will make sure that all the necessary information is gathered including the names of the operators and owners of the vehicles involved, the insurance companies for the vehicles, the location of the damage to each vehicle, the accident location, license plate numbers, etc. If you are in any pain you should go to the hospital via ambulance to have your injuries immediately diagnosed. Often due to the shock accident victims due not initially realize how serious there injuries are. You should call an attorney that handles car accident cases and rear end collisions. Zalman Schnurman & Miner is experienced in handling rear end collisions and all car accident cases. We will be happy to speak to you and offer a free consultation. Zalman Schnurman & Miner P.C. is a New York law firm that concentrates in personal injury actions such as rear end car accidents; construction accidents, motor vehicle accidents, bicycle accidents, premises liability, trip and falls, slip and falls, snow and ice cases, medical malpractice, traumatic brain injuries, etc. Learn more at www.1800Lawline.com, or contact us at 1-800-LAWLINE, or 1-800-529-5463 Zalman Schnurman & Miner P.C. handles personal injury actions in New York City, Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, Nassau County, Suffolk County, Westchester County, and Rockland County. We can often refer you to attorneys in other areas that we have worked with in the past. The information provided here is for informational purposes only and is not meant as legal advice or to cover all possible facts or factors. An attorney should be consulted to discuss specific facts and laws.