REAR ENDED AUTO ACCIDENT – MN LAWYER
The most common type of car accident injury case our attorneys work on is the rear-end collision. People are often rear ended on the highway when traffic starts to slow down or back up, and the car behind isn’t paying attention or keeping a safe stopping distance, or the other driver is distracted by something he is doing like texting or even changing the radio station. Our Minnesota car accident lawyers also handle many cases where someone is injured in a rear end crash on a street road because the car behind didn’t notice the red stop light, or even a stop sign.
A rear end auto accident can produce some of the worst injuries, particularly neck injury and back pain. When our auto accident attorneys get a call from a new MN client who says “I was rearended in my car,” we generally find that the person will at least have temporary neck stiffness because of the whiplash effect of the head being violently pushed forward and back. Of course if the impact from the rear end crash is big enough, the car hit from behind may be pushed into the car ahead and suffer a second impact.
In many of the crashes our lawyers work on, the neck stiffness goes away after a few days. However, a rear end car accident can sometimes result in very serious neck damage, possibly even involving surgery. Our attorneys have also represented many people injured in MN car crash cases where the impact with the shoulder belt causes a serious injury to the person’s shoulder, and we frequently see hand and wrist injuries where our client’s hands were unexpectedly jammed forward into the wheel. It is also common to have back pain, particularly low back pain, after you are rear ended in your car. The worst injuries often happen when a semi truck hits a car from behind. An experienced MN car accident lawyer has handled cases where a tractor trailer or semi truck rear-ends a car or motorcycle or other vehicle, and after the car or vehicle is hit from behind by the truck, it is pushed into cars ahead, or into a median or oncoming traffic. These rear end accidents can produce serious injury and even kill people in some cases.
One of the surprising things about a rear-end car accident is that the driver hitting you from behind is not automatically always at fault in every case. Generally, the law requires drivers to keep a safe distance behind the car ahead of them. However, there are occasionally instances where the car ahead comes to a sudden stop, either because traffic came to a sudden unexpected stop, or because of something going on with the vehicle of the first driver. In those cases, the insurance company will at least try to use that as a defense to deny the claim or reduce the compensation they would otherwise have to pay. This is a fight a top rear-end car accident lawyer has been in many times.
If you are injured in an auto accident because your vehicle was rear ended, please call us so that a top MN car accident attorney can explain your rights to you. At a minimum you will have the right to Minnesota No-Fault benefits, and you may also be entitled to compensation from the insurance company of the car or truck that hit you. An attorney will also be happy to discuss how to get your car damage paid for.
Pam Rochlin and David Rochlin are Minnesota personal injury attorneys with more than 25 years’ experience successfully handling hundreds of rear end car accident cases, including multi car collisions. Pam was a former partner at Meshbesher & Spence, and is able to offer small firm attention to her clients. A car accident lawyer can meet you to discuss your rear end car accident at our offices in Edina, Woodbury and Minneapolis. Our lawyers also meet people at their homes to discuss car accident injuries in St. Paul, Rogers MN, Elk River, Maple Grove, Brooklyn Park, Chanhassen MN, Chaska, and other cities throughout Minnesota. We will always provide you with a free initial consultation and we never charge anything unless you receive compensation for your injuries.