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Rear-end car accidents are prevalent on Long Island’s busy roads, presenting an ever-present risk to drivers and passengers alike. These incidents can result in severe injuries and significant financial burdens for those involved. Civardi & Obiol, with over 60 years of combined experience in law, is here to represent rear-end car accident victims throughout the Town of Hempstead.

Understanding Liability

In New York, there is a general presumption that the following vehicle is liable for a rear-end accident.  New York Vehicle & Traffic Law Section 1129(a) prohibits following another vehicle too closely and serves as a basis to impose liability against the following vehicle. Oftentimes, we are able to employ the procedure of Summary Judgment to fast-track a rear-end accident case, establishing liability and moving straight to an assessment of damages. Contact Civardi & Obiol today for a free consultation.

What Causes Rear-End Accidents?

Rear-end accidents can occur due to a variety of factors, each contributing to the risk of collision. Understanding these causes is essential for both preventing accidents and determining liability in the event of a crash.

  • Distracted Driving – In today’s digital age, distracted driving has become a leading cause of rear-end accidents. From texting and talking on the phone to scrolling through social media, drivers who divert their attention from the road are more likely to rear-end other vehicles. Even a momentary distraction can have devastating consequences, as it takes only seconds for a collision to occur.
  • Tailgating – Following too closely behind another vehicle, also known as tailgating, is a dangerous behavior that significantly increases the risk of rear-end accidents. When drivers fail to maintain a safe following distance, they reduce their reaction time and may not have enough space to stop in time if the vehicle ahead suddenly brakes. Tailgating is especially common on highways and congested roads, where traffic flow can be unpredictable.
  • Speeding – Excessive speed is a major contributing factor to rear-end accidents, particularly in areas with heavy traffic or adverse weather conditions. When drivers exceed the speed limit, they decrease their ability to react to sudden changes in traffic patterns and increase the force of impact in the event of a collision. Additionally, speeding reduces the effectiveness of braking systems, making it more difficult to stop quickly and avoid rear-ending other vehicles.
  • Impaired Driving – Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs significantly impairs judgment, coordination, and reaction time, increasing the likelihood of rear-end accidents. Impaired drivers may have difficulty maintaining their lane, gauging distances, and responding to traffic signals, putting themselves and others at risk of collision. In New York, driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.04% or higher is illegal and can result in severe penalties, including fines, license suspension, and criminal charges.
  • Poor Weather Conditions – Adverse weather conditions, such as rain, snow, ice, and fog, create hazardous driving conditions that increase the risk of rear-end accidents. Reduced visibility, slippery road surfaces, and decreased traction make it more challenging for drivers to maintain control of their vehicles and safely navigate traffic. During inclement weather, drivers must exercise extra caution, reduce their speed, and leave additional space between vehicles to prevent collisions.

By understanding the various causes of rear-end accidents, drivers can take proactive measures to reduce the risk of collisions and promote safer roadways for everyone.

Seeking Compensation

If you’ve been injured in a rear-end car accident due to another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for:

  • Medical expenses, including hospital bills, rehabilitation costs, and ongoing treatment.
  • Lost wages and diminished earning capacity resulting from time off work or disability.
  • Pain and suffering, including physical discomfort, emotional distress, and diminished quality of life.

How We Can Help

If you or a loved one has been injured in a rear-end car accident in New York don’t wait to seek legal help. It’s crucial to understand your rights and the potential legal remedies available to you. There are steps we can take at the inception of your claim to foreclose any potential defenses and set your case up for an expedited Summary Judgment resolution.

At Civardi & Obiol, our qualified New York personal injury attorneys will help walk you through the process every step of the way. We will fight for your rights. If you have been involved in a rear-end accident in Nassau or Suffolk County, you deserve compensation for your injuries. To learn more or schedule a free consultation, contact us today!