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Columbia Personal Injury Lawyer > Charleston Rear End Accident Lawyer

Charleston Rear End Accident Lawyer

Statistically speaking, if you are ever involved in a car accident, it is most likely a rear end collision. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, roughly 4 out of every 10 motor vehicle wrecks are rear end accidents. And while most of these “fender benders” are not serious, there are still far too many cases where one or more people sustain serious injuries.

A qualified Charleston rear end accident lawyer can advise you of your legal rights to compensation following a collision. Since 1990, the Stanley Law Group has represented clients injured in car crashes throughout South Carolina. We can review your rear end accident and assist you in seeking appropriate compensation from the negligent driver and their insurance company.

Who Is Responsible for a Rear End Collision in South Carolina?

It is often said that the trailing driver is always legally liable for a rear end accident. That is not exactly true. A rear end accident occurs when one driver hits the vehicle in front of them. This is usually–but not always–due to the fact the trailing driver fails to maintain an adequate stopping distance between their car and the leading vehicle. So in most cases the trailing driver is responsible, but there are exceptions.

Some common underlying causes for rear end collisions include:

  • Inattention: Many drivers simply fail to pay attention to their surroundings while driving. They simply fail to notice they are getting too close to the car in front of them, or that the leading vehicle has come to a stop. Keep in mind, even if the leading vehicle stops short, the trailing driver could still be found responsible for a collision if they were not paying attention and keeping a safe distance beforehand.
  • Distraction: When someone is behind the wheel, their exclusive focus should be on driving and keeping an eye on the vehicle in front of them. Yet we have all seen cases of distracted driving leading to rear end accidents. A driver who is texting, talking on their phone, or engaged in some other non-driving activity is far more likely to get into a rear end collision.
  • DUI: Even one or two alcoholic drinks can dull a driver’s reflexes and response time. This can make it more difficult to react in a safe manner to the driver in front of them.
  • Inclement Weather: Heavy rain often leads cars to “hydroplane” and lose control, which makes a rear end collision far more likely to occur.

Contact Our Charleston Rear End Accident Lawyers

Many rear end accident victims sustain serious injuries such as whiplash, which in turn can lead to a permanent impairment of mobility. The negligent driver who caused these injuries can be held legally responsible for the victim’s medical expenses, loss of income, and pain and suffering. An experienced Charleston rear end accident lawyer can advise you further on the types of compensation available. Call the Stanley Law Group at 803-799-4700 or contact us online today to request a free consultation.

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