Rear-end auto accidents are one of the most common types of traffic collisions. In fact, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation, more than 25,622 people were injured in rear-end collisions in 2009 alone. Rear-end auto accidents can result in whiplash, head injuries, back injuries, shoulder injuries, fractured bones, and knee injuries.
Rear-end auto accidents can involve a number of causes, but some of the most common causes include:
- Cell phone use and distracted driving
- Excessive speeding
- Following too closely
- Auto defects, such as faulty brakes
The Chicago auto accident attorneys at Ankin Law Office, LLC focus on representing the victims of all types of motor vehicle accidents, including rear-end car accidents. As a result, we are able to evaluate the facts surrounding the rear-end traffic collision to assess liability.
In Illinois, there is a legal presumption that the motorist who rear-ended the other vehicle is at fault. This presumption can be rebutted by the rear-ending motorist in accidents where the other driver caused a driving hazard that could not be avoided.
The presumption may be further complicated when a driver rear-ended another driver as a result of being rear-ended himself or herself by another car. In these situations, complex legal issues of comparative negligence and contributory negligence come into play. The knowledgeable Chicago rear-end auto accident attorneys at Ankin Law Office can explain the concepts of negligence to you and apply these theories to your rear-end auto accident in order to get you the compensation you need and deserve.
If you have been involved in a rear-end auto collision, contact the Chicago auto accident attorneys at (312) 600-0000 to schedule a free consultation to discuss a possible personal injury claim.