REAR ENDED BY CAR OR TRUCK – MN LAWYER
The most common Minnesota car accident cases our attorneys work on are rear end collisions. People are often rear-ended on the highway when traffic starts to back up or slow down, and the car behind isn’t paying attention or keeping a safe stopping distance, or is distracted by something they are doing like texting or even changing the radio station. Our car accident attorneys also handle many cases where someone is injured in a rear end crash on a street or road at the intersection because the car behind didn’t notice the red stop light, or even a stop sign.
A rear end auto crash can produce some of the worst injuries, particularly neck injury and back pain. When our MN auto accident attorneys get a call from a new client who says “I was rear ended 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. In many instances the neck stiffness goes away after a few days, but sometimes the accident can result in very serious neck damage, possibly even involving surgery. Our lawyers have also worked on many 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 are usually where a semi truck hits a car from behind. An experienced Minnesota auto 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 another car ahead, or into a median or oncoming traffic. These rear end accidents can produce serious injury and even kill people in the worst cases.
One of the surprising things about a rear end car collision is that the driver hitting you from behind is not automatically always at fault and the insurance companies will sometimes dispute the claim. Generally, the law requires drivers to keep a safe distance behind the car a head 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 car 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 attorney has been in many times.
If you are injured because a car or truck rear-ends your vehicle, 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. A lawyer 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. Our lawyers are tough and we get results. 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.