Virginia Rear-ender Crashes – The Most Common Wrecks in the State
Virginia rear-ender crashes are the most common types of wreck we see in the Commonwealth. The rear-ender is caused by a driver behind you not paying enough attention and following too close.
As an experienced Virginia Beach/Norfolk, Virginia car accident attorney, I know from personal experience as well as seeing thousands of cases that being hit from behind is the way that most people get injured in a car collision.
The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) keeps statistics on crashes. Obviously, there are patterns to how collisions unfold.
It is still amazing to me though how many wrecks occur while my client is simply sitting still, stopped at a red light on some major road like Independence Boulevard in Virginia Beach. You would think that with the red-light cameras and the heavy traffic, motorists in the resort city would have figured out how to not hit the car in front of them. Unfortunately, it happens all the time.
Another factor that has led to more Virginia rear-ender crashes and across the U.S. is the spike in distracted driving. All of the electronic devices especially cell phones and texting have dramatically increased the number of incidents where one car slams into another.
The person at fault for rear-ending you may not necessarily be a young person just learning to drive. All motorists are susceptible to hitting the car in front of them if they are not paying enough attention because they're distracted by talking on the phone or pushing buttons on a device.
Most people don't realize just how fast a car is moving in terms of time and distance. At 60 miles-an-hour a vehicle is traveling at about 100 feet per second. Even the fastest texter is taking their eyes off the road to text for a couple seconds at a time. If you've gone a football field in that time the chances are that you are going to have a hard time preventing a wreck.
From the personal injury lawyer's perspective and that of the victim, it’s usually easy to prove who was at-fault in a rear-ender.
If you're sitting still at the light on Princess Anne Road and somebody hits you from behind it's pretty clearly their fault.
However, even in rear-end cases, the insurance companies fight like heck. They won't even admit the fault of the rear-ending driver until the very end of the case. They have no reason. The court system is set up to take responsibility and do the right thing before trial.
Often the at-fault driver or his or her insurance defense lawyer will dream up some often ridiculous reason for claiming that maybe it wasn't really carelessness on the part of the rear-ending driver. I've even heard insurance defense lawyers try to claim that the fact that it was raining is enough reason to not put fault on the driver who hit the back of another car.
I guess they don't think that all drivers should recognize the road conditions right in front of them or somehow fooled by something unexpected like rain.
Although Virginia rear-ender crashes are typically less extreme then head-on and side-on crashes, they can cause very serious injuries or prove fatal. In a recent case I handed, a van driver was killed when he was rear ended by a box truck. The family of the van driver was awarded $1.5 million in a wrongful death settlement.
If you or a loved one has been killed in a rear-ender crash, please call Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers at (757) 455-0077.