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What to Know About Rear-End Collisions in North Carolina

Don’t assume that the other driver will simply admit that they were at fault. You should consider contacting a rear-end collision accident lawyer even if the other driver seems to have been clearly at fault in causing your rear-end accident. 

North Carolina is a Contributory Negligence State

North Carolina is one of the few states in the country where contributory negligence is an obstacle to recovery. This means that if the other driver claims that your own negligence was at least partially responsible for causing the accident. Rear-end collisions are one of the most common types of car accidents. The fact that they are common doesn’t mean they are straightforward or simple, even if liability is not in dispute. If you have been injured in a rear-end collision, the best thing you can do is contact a Durham car accident lawyer to discuss your case. 

Liability is Rarely in Dispute

Generally speaking, liability for the accident is typically assigned to the driver who struck the other vehicle from behind. This is because most rear-end accidents are typically caused by one of the following types of negligent driving: 

  • Speeding
  • Tailgating
  • Distracted Driving

This means that if the other driver claims that your own negligence was at least partially responsible for causing the accident you may be barred from receiving any compensation.  As a result, you should pay careful attention if the other driver is saying you slammed on the brakes or stopped unnecessarily. While they have to prove that you were negligent and that your negligence caused the accident, a North Carolina rear-end collision accident lawyer will know how to address any such claims so that you can get the compensation you need. 

Rear-End Accidents Usually Revolve Around Damages

Because liability in rear-end accidents is typically obvious, proving negligence isn’t difficult. Unfortunately, the issue then becomes what constitutes fair compensation for your injuries. 

Because they are common, many people mistakenly assume that you cannot suffer serious injuries in a rear-end accident. If you have suffered broken bones or some other obvious injury, your damages may be easier to prove. For others, however, it can be difficult to get fair compensation if your injuries are limited to one or more of the following: 

  • Concussion
  • Whiplash
  • Neck strain
  • Facial lacerations
  • Strains or sprains
  • Torn ligaments and tendons

These can be very serious injuries that require professional medical treatment and may prevent you from working or require you to miss work for treatment. 

The bottom line is that you are entitled to compensation if you have suffered any type of injury as a result of a rear-end accident. A rear-end collision car accident lawyer can help you get compensation for the following: 

  • Your medical expenses, including your copays and deductibles
  • Your lost income
  • Your pain and suffering
  • Permanent injuries
  • Scarring or disfigurement

Injured in a Rear-End Collision? Contact a Car Accident Lawyer at Martin & Jones

With 40 years of experience in handling injury claims, we have handled all types of car accident claims. If you have been injured in an accident, contact a North Carolina rear-end collision lawyer at Martin & Jones. Call us today at 800-662-1234 to schedule a free consultation. We serve clients throughout North Carolina from our offices in RaleighDurham, and Wilmington

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