Getting rear-ended is a particularly jarring experience. These collisions typically occur without warning and often result in painful injuries and property damage. Fortunately, compensation for your losses may be possible with the guidance of a highly-trained car accident attorney.

If you were involved in a rear-end car accident in Buffalo, contact our firm to speak with legal advocates who care.

Common Causes of Rear-End Collisions

A rear-end collision is defined as a car crashing into the one in front of it, regardless of whether the car in front is stopped or moving. Some common causes of rear-end car accidents in Buffalo include:

  • Tailgating, or not maintaining a safe distance between vehicles
  • Switching lanes too quickly or without signaling
  • Distracted driving, such as using cell phones, changing the radio, eating, or talking to people in the car
  • Not driving carefully in snow and ice

Rear-end wrecks frequently occur at stop signs, red lights, or intersections, and in traffic during rush hour when cars suddenly stop or slow down. They are also common during the winter months when bad weather causes hazardous road conditions.

It is essential to call a trusted attorney soon after a rear-end car accident to preserve your chances of successfully recovering the maximum compensation for your losses. Insurance companies for the other drivers involved, especially those at fault, will try to move in quickly to get you to settle for much less than what you are owed. They may also try to trick you into admitting fault even if you are not to blame, so that they do not have to pay your damages at all.

Who is at Fault for a Rear-End Car Crash?

Typically, the rear driver receives most of, if not all, of the fault in a rear-end collision in Buffalo. However, there are certain circumstances where the driver in front is partially or fully responsible for the crash. For example, this would be the case if a motorist did not see that a stop light had turned red due to texting while driving and slammed on their brakes too quickly, causing the car behind them to be unable to stop in time.

Other scenarios where liability might not be placed on the rear driver are instances in which there are multiple car pileups. In these situations, one vehicle causes an initial collision that leads to additional rear-end accidents. This means that one party could be held responsible for more than just the wreck they were involved in.

To determine fault, our skilled attorneys can send out investigators to speak to witnesses and pull footage from security cameras. If a lawsuit needs to be filed, we can conduct depositions or examinations under oath. In more serious cases where there are catastrophic injuries, our meticulous legal team can send out experts to pull black box or event-recorder data from the cars involved, which will show exactly how the accident happened.

Reach Out to an Attorney Soon After a Rear-End Car Accident in Buffalo

If you were involved in a rear-end car accident in Buffalo, it is important to have a legal team on your side. At Richmond Vona, LLC, our qualified attorneys can conduct a thorough investigation, ensure evidence is not lost, and lead you through the complex legal process. Call today, and let us advocate on your behalf to achieve the best possible outcome in your circumstances.

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