Rear End Collisions
Rear end collisions are some of the most common car accidents, and they almost never occur without careless or inattentive driving. While some rear end collisions only cause minor dents, many cause significant injuries and substantial damage to the vehicles involved. If you sustained harm in a rear end collision, you should consult a skilled New Hampshire car accident lawyer to discuss the appropriate course of action for seeking compensation from the negligent driver. The attorneys of Peter Thompson and Associates have greater than 60 years of joint experience helping New Hampshire residents in their pursuit of damages following rear end collisions. We will work diligently to help you seek any compensation that you may be owed for your harm.Causes of Rear End Collisions
Drivers who are following too closely to the car in front of them may lack the ability to stop in time, causing a collision. In some cases, a driver may be distracted by their phone and may not notice that they are about to hit the car in front of them until it is too late. Rear end collisions can also be caused by speeding and a driver’s inability to slow down prior to the collision. Additionally, inclement weather conditions can contribute to rear end collisions, since sometimes drivers fail to appreciate the risks posed by the weather and modify their driving based on the conditions.Proving Liability Following a Rear End Collision
Rear end collisions are one of the few types of accidents in which liability may not be disputed. If the driver responsible for causing the collision denies liability, however, usually the injured victim will allege that the driver was negligent and therefore should be held accountable for any harm that they caused. To prove negligence under New Hampshire law, you must show that the driver owed you a duty, they breached the duty, and the breach caused the accident and your resulting harm. In addition to the duty imposed on all licensed drivers to drive safely under the circumstances, the New Hampshire motor vehicle laws specifically impose a duty on drivers to not follow another car more closely than is reasonable and prudent. As a result, if a driver breaches this duty and causes a collision, it provides a strong argument that they were negligent. If you suffered injuries or damage to your vehicle due to a rear end collision, a knowledgeable car accident lawyer can gather evidence to support your case and provide you with a stronger chance of a favorable outcome.Damages Recoverable Due to Rear End Collisions
Even in cases in which liability is not disputed, a driver responsible for causing a rear end collision may question the extent of the damages caused by the collision, arguing that the accident was relatively minor. Rear end collisions commonly cause significant harm, however, such as back injuries, concussions, or other brain injuries. A seasoned car accident attorney can help you establish the damages that you sustained in a collision through medical records and invoices. In some cases, it may be necessary to obtain an expert to offer an opinion as to the severity and permanency of any injuries that you sustained in the accident.
Damages commonly sought in cases involving rear end collisions include the cost of any treatment for injuries sustained in the accident, including the cost of any treatment that may be needed in the future. If you could not work after the accident, either temporarily or permanently, you may be able to recover damages for lost earnings and loss of future wages. You may also be able to recover the cost to repair any damage that your car sustained in the accident. Victims injured in rear end collisions also typically seek damages to compensate for any pain and suffering caused by the accident.Meet With a Skilled New Hampshire Attorney Following a Motor Vehicle Collision
In most cases, rear end collisions are caused by negligent driving. If you were injured due to a rear end collision, the driver responsible for causing the collision should be held liable for your harm. The attorneys of Peter Thompson and Associates are well versed in what it takes to set forth strong arguments in New Hampshire car accident cases and will work diligently to assist you in your pursuit of damages. Our aggressive advocacy has allowed us to maintain a high rate of success and a record of favorable outcomes. Our offices are located in Bedford, Nashua, Portsmouth, and Manchester, New Hampshire, and we represent clients throughout the state. Contact us at 800.804.2004 or through our form online to schedule a free appointment.