Comprehensive Guide: Understanding Rear-End Collisions

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What is a rear-end collision?

A rear-end collision is a type of road traffic accident that occurs when one vehicle collides with the vehicle in front of it from behind. It is often known as a ‘shunt’.

This type of collision is one of the most common types of accidents on the road and they can occur in a variety of settings, including at stop signs, at traffic lights and in heavy traffic where vehicles are often speeding up and slowing down sporadically.

The most common causes of rear-end collisions

There are several common causes of rear-end collisions, including:

  • Tailgating: If the vehicle in front suddenly brakes or slows down, following too closely can result in a rear-end crash
  • Weather conditions: Rain, snow, and ice can make the road surface slippery, reducing a driver’s ability to stop suddenly
  • Distractions: A driver who isn’t paying attention because they are texting, eating, or adjusting the radio can take their attention away from the road and increase the likelihood of a rear-end shunt
  • Speeding: A driver’s reaction time can be reduced if they exceed the speed limit or drive too fast for the traffic conditions
  • Driving under the influence: Drugs and alcohol can impair a driver’s judgment, reaction time, and coordination, making rear-end collisions more likely
  • Inadequate vehicle maintenance: Faulty brakes or worn tires can lead to a rear-end collision if a driver cannot stop their vehicle in time

These type of accidents involving motorbikes are usually much more serious than accidents involving four-wheeled vehicles, as the rider has only their leathers, gloves, boots, and helmet to protect them from the impact when the impact occurs.

Here are the most common causes of rear-end motorcycle collisions:

  • Overtaking, approaching blind bends or sudden lane changes: Motorbikes are often smaller and more agile than other vehicles, making it easier for them to overtake other vehicles and change lanes quickly. However, this can increase the risk of a rear-end collision if the driver behind isn’t paying attention
  • Sudden breaking: Motorcyclists commonly cause rear-end motorcycle accidents by not giving vehicles behind them enough time to stop when traffic comes to a standstill or when the vehicle in front decelerates suddenly
  • Motorcycles can sometimes go unnoticed by other drivers: It is crucial that motorcyclists wear reflective gear and make sure they have proper headlights

Contact AClaim today if you’ve been injured because of being shunted from behind by another vehicle. In the event of a rear-end accident, we will assess who is at fault and start working on your claim and assess if you are eligible to receive compensation.

Call us on0151 601 8543to get started. Alternatively, use ouronline claim form.

What are the most common injuries sustained in a rear-end crash?

Car Accidents

The most common injuries sustained in a rear-end car accident include:

  • Whiplash: This is the most common injury in a rear-end collision, and occurs when the head and neck are suddenly and forcefully thrown backward and then forward. Whiplash can cause neck pain, headaches, dizziness, and other symptoms.
  • Back injuries: The force of a rear-end collision can also cause back injuries, such as sprains, strains, and herniated discs. These injuries can result in pain, stiffness, and limited mobility.
  • Head and brain injuries: In more severe rear-end collisions, the head can strike the steering wheel, dashboard, or other hard surfaces, causing traumatic brain injuries, concussions, or skull fractures.
  • Shoulder injuries: The force of impact can cause shoulder injuries, such as rotator cuff tears, sprains, or strains. These injuries can cause pain, weakness, and limited mobility.
  • Psychological injuries: A psychological injury refers to harm or trauma that affects an individual’s mental or emotional well-being. It encompasses a range of conditions and disorders, such as anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), phobias, panic disorders, and other mental health issues that can arise from various causes, including traumatic experiences, accidents, or prolonged stress. Psychological injuries can have a significant impact on a person’s daily functioning, overall quality of life, and ability to engage in normal activities.

Motorcycle Accidents

The most common injuries sustained in a rear-end motorbike accident include:

  • Brain injuries – Bikers can suffer serious brain trauma when falling off their motorcycle , even if they are wearing a helmet, as they lack the extra protection that a car provides
  • Injuries to the spine or neck – Due to the lack of extra protection from a car, motorcyclists are more likely to suffer spinal injuries, which can result in chronic pain, partial or even complete paralysis
  • Internal organ damage or internal bleeding – When riders are involved in a road accident, a greater percentage of the impact is absorbed by their body and internal organs. Even if they appear physically unharmed on the outside, they may suffer from injuries such as internal bleeding
  • Injuries to limbs – Bikers are at risk of fractures, broken bones, and even amputated limbs or loss of fingers and toes
  • Eye damage – Whiplash can also happen on a Motorbike. It can affect the optic nerve and can cause the eye ball to be thrown out of its socket
  • Burns to the skin – Burns can be caused by hot components such as contact with an exhaust pipe. The rider can suffer from friction burns, lacerations, and other serious wounds if they fall off a moving vehicle.

It’s important to seek medical attention immediately after a rear-end accident, even if you don’t feel any immediate pain or symptoms. Some injuries may not be immediately apparent, and delayed treatment can make injuries worse or prolong recovery time.

Get in touch with our specialist personal injury solicitors on 0151 601 8543 and we will be able to assess your case and advise on the claims process.

Under what circumstances can a rear-end collision be deemed not your responsibility?

If you have been in a rear end collision, you may be wondering who is at fault. If you have been hit from behind and the other driver has fled the scene, it can be more difficult to prove.

In almost all road accident cases, the driver who runs in to the back of another vehicle is at fault. This is because it is generally assumed that the driver who runs in to the back of another car or motorbike was not paying attention and did not have enough time to stop.

According to Rule 126 of the Highway Code, vehicles should;

  • Leave enough space to stop or slow down safely if the vehicle ahead suddenly breaks or slows down.
  • Allow at least a two second gap between themselves and the vehicle in front on high-speed roads and in tunnels with reduced visibility. This gap should be increased on wet and icy roads.
  • Allow a greater stopping distance if driving a Motorbike or large vehicle,

There are however some cases when the rear-ended driver may be at fault. For example, if they suddenly stopped without any warning, the other driver may not have had enough time to stop, even when travelling at a safe distance. In cases like this, it is often up to the insurance company to decide who holds the liability.

Accidents can also be caused due to maintenance issues on the road such as untreated potholes, uneven surfaces, fuel spills, debris, or other obstructions. If any of these scenarios caused you to skid into the back of another vehicle, you may not be held responsible. If you are ever involved in accident, seek legal advice immediately.

We are here to support you through the process.

In situations like this, it is important to call an experienced accident solicitor who can provide legal advice, help assess your case and get the compensation you deserve.

Save our number in your phone 0151 601 8543 so that you can get in touch 24/7 if you ever find yourself in this situation.

How can you prove you are not at fault in a rear-end accident?

Being involved in a road accident can be a traumatic experience, especially if you are not at fault. Not only do you have to deal with the damage to your vehicle, but you also have to deal with the insurance companies and the police.

If you want to prove that you are not at fault in a road accident, there are a few things you can do to support your case:

  • Speak to witnesses – Make sure that you get the contact information of any witnesses who saw the accident. They may be able to help by making a statement of what they saw when the accident happened.
  • Take lots of photos – Take photos of the scene including any damage to your vehicle, yourself, or any passengers. If the crash was due to debris in the road or maintenance issues, make sure that these are visible in the photos.
  • Get medical attention if required – If you are injured and need to go to hospital or the doctor, your medical reports can be used as evidence to support your compensation claim.
  • Police reports – Be sure to get a copy of the police report which will include an impartial account of what happened.
  • Other things that may be useful – CCTV, Dashcam or helmet cam footage
  • Contact a specialist for legal advice – Contact AClaim’s specialist motorbike accident Solicitors immediately for help and guidance on 0151 601 8543

By taking these steps, you can help to ensure that you are not held responsible for an accident that was not your fault. Our team are here to support you through the process.

Been shunted in an accident? Make a claim

We have successfully handled countless road accident compensation claims over the last 25+ years, recouping millions for our clients.

We offer a no-obligation assessment to injured motorbike riders. Accident claims are dealt with on a no-win, no-fee basis, so you are not required to fund solicitors’ fees up front.

If you need to talk to experienced motorbike accident compensation lawyers who have a track record of successfully handling a broad range of cases, please contact us for more information or call 0151 601 8543.

The content on this website is for general information only and does not constitute legal or professional advice.

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I was out on my motorbike and got hit by a van on the wrong side of the road and the driver was drunk. Gary came to visit me at my home - 200 miles away! so he could find out what happened and help me claim compensation. Thanks to Gary I no longer have to worry about how I'm going to pay my mortgage or support my family financially while I'm getting treatment.
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Throughout the entire process, Gary and the team at AClaim were by my side, offering invaluable guidance and reassurance. I wholeheartedly recommend their services to anyone seeking legal assistance following a bike accident, as they truly go above and beyond to deliver exceptional results.
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I was fortunate enough to have Gary at AClaim step in and handle my motorbike accident claim. To say that Gary's expertise and dedication impressed me would be an understatement. In just a matter of days, he achieved more progress with my case than the previous solicitor managed in 18 months.
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AClaim came highly recommended to me by someone at the bike club. I suffered a life-changing accident after I was hit by someone running a red light at nearly 50mph. The first accident I've had in 42 years of riding!! As a result I can no longer ride. The decision to hang up my biking gear was a difficult one, but AClaim's guidance and support have made navigating this challenging time a bit easier. Thank you to Gary and the team for everything you have done.
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I had a pretty nasty motorcycle accident, and the solicitor my insurance company assigned to my case didn't seem very interested in fighting my case. That's when I got in touch with Gary at AClaim, thanks to a recommendation. Gary provided solid advice and went above and beyond in helping me arrange private medical support and rehabilitation. He worked tirelessly and thanks to him my claim ended up being a big success. I can't sing Gary's praises enough. He genuinely cares about his clients and their well-being.
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