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A rear-end collision occurs when a vehicle strikes the back of another vehicle. Although most cases are minor fender-benders involving only property damage, sometimes this type of car accident can result in serious or catastrophic injuries, especially if the negligent driver was traveling at high speeds prior to hitting the vehicle in front of him/her.

Common causes of rear-end collision include:

  • Tailgating or following too closely

  • Speeding

  • Unsafe lane changes

  • Hitting the brakes suddenly and unexpectedly

  • Distracted driving

  • Fatigued driving

  • Drunk or drugged driving

  • Inclement weather conditions

  • Driving too slow for the flow of traffic

If you have been injured in a rear-end accident in Columbia or Lexington, let the Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr., LLC help you hold the at-fault party responsible for his/her negligent actions and recover your entitled compensation. Our legal team can investigate the accident, collect and analyze evidence, negotiate with insurance carriers, and maximize your award or settlement. We are ready to fight for you inside and outside the courtroom, while you make the best possible recovery from injury.

Call the Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr., LLC at (803) 359-3301 or fill out our online contact form today to schedule a free initial consultation.

Rear-End Collions & South Carolina Car Accident Law

According to South Carolina’s “automatic fault” rule that generally applies to rear-end collisions, the driver of the vehicle that crashes into the back of another vehicle is always liable for causing the accident. This law assumes that the driver was following the vehicle in front of him/her too closely or driving in a negligent manner when the collision happened.

However, the following are a few exceptions to the automatic fault rule in rear-end collisions:

  • The front vehicle’s brake lights or taillights were not working

  • The at-fault driver’s vehicle experienced mechanical issues at the time of the accident

  • The rear-end accident was a result of “chain reaction,” which causes several vehicles to rear-end each other

Common Injuries Caused by Rear-End Collisions

Individuals who suffer serious injuries from rear-end accidents generally do not see the approaching vehicle behind them before impact. Since they were not expecting the crash, they do not brace themselves for impact, causing their bodies to jerk suddenly and violently forward and backward.

Such violent force can result in the following injuries:

  • Whiplash injuries

  • Back injuries

  • Neck injuries

  • Head and traumatic brain injuries

  • Spinal injuries

  • Arm and wrist injuries

  • Broken and fractured bones

  • Disfigurement or facial injuries

  • Airbag injuries

  • Seatbelt injuries

Even if you do not need immediate medical attention following an accident, it is imperative to see a doctor right away to determine the full extent of your injuries. You may not feel the pain and shock of the crash immediately but failing to have your body and health treated by a healthcare provider can result in long-term consequences.

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At the Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr., LLC, we are dedicated to helping our clients obtain the most favorable outcome inside or outside the courtroom. Do not hesitate to let us review your case, listen to your questions or concerns, and determine all your legal options.

Contact us today at (803) 359-3301 to discuss your case with our legal team. Serving clients in Columbia and Lexington!

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