When it comes to activity on the road, you’re always going to want to be prepared for any and every eventuality. What should be a basic task can sometimes turn out to be quite a distressing event as we never quite know how our car and other drivers are going to behave.
Of course, being prepared on your end should go without saying, but you should also have the backing of others around you should you run into any trouble or stress while driving. Many kinds of accidents and collisions can happen on the road, including that of a rear-end crash. In 2016, rear-end crashes killed eighty-two people, injured over twenty-three thousand, and were responsible for twenty-six percent of all motor accidents of that year. Let’s delve into a little more detail as we break down rear-ended collisions and the laws surrounding them.
What Constitutes A Rear-End Collision?
A rear-end collision is simply when a car crashed into the one in front, thus damaging the rear of the vehicle – and potentially the individuals inside. As we mentioned before, it’s a very common occurrence and the most frequent kind of road accident.
What Causes These Collisions?
There are a few ways this instance can be created. Tailgating is the main culprit – this involves driving right behind another car and not maintaining a safe distance. If one is very close, then the likelihood of an incident is going to be boosted. Other causes are induced by sheer human error, such as speeding and/or being distracted. Driving too fast often causes someone to misjudge their braking distance, while distractions obviously mean focus is lost and eyes are averted. The leading driver failing to signal or slamming on the brakes out of nowhere are also huge instigators of this kind of collision.
What Damage Can Rear-End Accidents Deal?
There’s no real limit to what can happen when a rear-end collision happens, due to the nature of the human brain and body. Typically, however, people experience issues such as whiplash and soft tissue injuries. Whiplash is caused when the body is forcefully thrown forward, meaning the neck extends beyond what it normally can. The tissue injuries include damage to things like joints, muscles and ligaments.
How Can One Be At Fault?
Under Michigan Law, the driver operating at the rear of the incident is considered to be responsible in the majority of instances. This is due to the safe following distance that must be maintained at all times. More specifically, the law states that in any action, in any court in this state when it is shown by competent evidence, that a vehicle travelling in a certain direction, overtook and struck the rear end of another vehicle proceeding in the same direction, or lawfully standing upon any highway within this state, the driver or operator of such first-mentioned vehicle shall be deemed prima facie guilty of negligence.
What Can A Michigan Attorney Do For You?
If you feel as though you’ve been wronged, an attorney will work with you in order to restore justice. If further damage is done to you personally, meaning you cannot work or operate as you normally would, then they’ll look to compensate you appropriately. The ideal result is usually a settlement that allows you to continue living while you recover from the event.