Rear End Car Wrecks in Georgia
Rear-end collisions are by far the most common type of wrecks that occur on America’s roadways. There are over 1.7 million rear-end wrecks in the United States every year, resulting in over 1,700 casualties. Nearly 500,000 drivers and passengers are injured in rear-end crashes, facing everything from whiplash to severe organ damage.
Causes of Rear-End Wrecks
Although common, there is no such thing as a run-of-the-mill case involving a rear-end collision. These wrecks occur for many reasons, such as:
- A driver being under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Poor weather conditions
- Distracted driving, especially in construction zones or areas of heavy traffic
- Defects in the road, such as potholes, broken traffic lights or obstructed signage
- Excessive speeding
- Failure to use rear view and/or side mirrors
Who is at Fault?
Georgia’s laws are clear regarding fault in rear-end wrecks: the driver of the car with rear-end damage is typically not liable. However, there are some exceptions, including:
- Illegal stops, including broken-down vehicles that are not moved from the roadway
- Mechanical failure, such as a malfunctioning break lights or turn signals
- Unexpected or sudden stop or lane change
If you have been involved in a rear-end wreck, it is important to understand that what might have seemed like a “fender bender” could quickly escalate into a more serious legal situation, especially if anyone involved is claiming to have been injured. Securing the services of an experienced car wreck attorney as soon as possible is the best way to protect your interests and help you navigate the landscape of insurance.