Rear-End Accident Lawyers in Chicago
Helping You Recover the Compensation You Deserve
Were you involved in a rear-end accident? If you were seriously injured, it’s time to talk to an attorney about your right to complete compensation. Unfortunately, you cannot rely on the insurance company to pay the full and fair value of your claim without some struggle. You may be offered an unfairly low settlement or may experience unnecessary delays. An attorney who is experienced with rear-end accident claims in the Chicago area can put the pressure on to pursue a timely settlement or award.
At Morici, Longo & Associates, we have a long history of representing the injured. Our trial lawyers have over 100 years of combined experience and believe in getting every single one of our clients the justice they deserve. We know you’ve been through a lot, and we’re here to help you start putting the pieces back together so you and your family can face a more stable future.
Rear-End Accidents by the Numbers
Rear-end accidents are one of the most common types of traffic collisions on America’s roadways. According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), nearly half of all two-vehicle accidents in the U.S. from 2012 through 2014 were classified as rear-end collisions. More than 1,700 people lost their lives in these accidents each of those years.
Why do rear-end accidents occur? Many can be attributed to some form of driver negligence. This means that a driver fails to exercise proper caution or care, or violates a traffic law, and causes an accident that harms another person.
The following are examples of negligence that could lead to a rear-end crash:
- Following too closely
- Broken brake lights
- Broken taillights
- Unsafe lane changes or merges
- Texting while driving
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Driving while distracted
- Reckless or aggressive driving
- Faulty brakes
- Vehicle defects
Taking one’s eyes off the road, even for an instant, is enough to cause a rear-end collision that leaves everyone involved with serious injuries and damage to their vehicles.
Who Is at Fault in a Rear-End Accident?
With most rear-end accidents, fault will lie in the driver who struck the other driver from behind. Drivers are required to maintain a safe space between their vehicle and the vehicle in front, but many drivers do not leave this gap and put themselves – and others – in harm’s way. Following too closely, speeding, and driving while distracted are all behaviors that could cause a driver to rear-end someone.
There are some rare instances, however, where fault could lie in the driver of the car that was rear-ended. A driver who swerves suddenly into the path of another vehicle, or a driver operating a vehicle with broken brake lights or taillights could be at fault even if it is his or her vehicle that is rear-ended. It is crucial to determine what caused your accident.
Investigating the Cause of Your Rear-End Crash
Serving Chicago and the surrounding areas in Illinois, our team of attorneys works with investigators, accident reconstruction specialists, and experts in various fields to investigate rear-end accident cases. We review physical evidence, witness accounts, and police reports to determine what caused the collision. This helps us decide who should be held accountable for our client’s injuries. Most often, this is another driver, but there are also cases where fault lies with another party, such as a manufacturer of a defective auto part.
Because every case is different, we meticulously investigate and build strong cases for our clients based on the circumstances and evidence at hand.
Contact Our Chicago Law Office Today
Talking to a Chicago rear-end accident attorney may not be the first thing on your mind after a crash, but you should remember that someone needs to protect your interests. That is our goal here at Morici, Longo & Associates. We fight for our clients as we would fight for members of our own families. We are relentless, experienced, and utterly committed to securing the best outcome for every client.
Call (312) 779-0366 for your free case evaluation and find out what we can do for you.