Car Accident Attorneys in Baltimore: Dangers of Rear-End CollisionsOctober 4, 2012
Rear-end collisions, where one vehicle strikes another from behind, is a common type of auto accident. Such collisions can lead to serious injury and property damage.
Injuries commonly sustained in rear-end collisions include spinal injuries, traumatic brain injuries, soft tissue injuries, or bone fractures. Rear-end collisions can also be fatal, especially for passengers riding in the backseat who receive a more direct impact. Even crashes that cause only minor property damage can cause serious injury, due to the physical trauma caused by sudden distortion of the neck – commonly called “whiplash.”
Rear-end crashes most often occur when one vehicle is stopped or in the process of stopping. A driver following another vehicle too closely increases the risk of this type of accident. Maryland’s transportation code (§ 21-310) prohibits vehicles from following “more closely than is reasonable or prudent.” When a vehicle follows another too closely, often referred to as “tailgating,” the driver may not have enough time to apply the brakes should the vehicle in front stop or reduce speed suddenly, resulting in a collision.
A rear-end collision can also occur when a driver fails to pay proper attention and strikes a vehicle traveling or stopped ahead, such as at a stop sign or traffic signal. Because drivers are obligated to use caution and to respect proper following distance, a driver who strikes another from behind is presumed to be the negligent party. If you have been injured in a rear-end collision, consult the car accident attorneys in Baltimore at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A. for information on recovering compensation.