Can You Seek Compensation for Low-Impact Rear-End Accidents?

Lever & Ecker, PLLC December 18, 2023 Car Accidents

At first glance, low-impact rear-end collisions might seem minor—perhaps just a brief jolt in traffic or a small dent on your bumper. However, the physical and financial repercussions of such accidents can sometimes extend far beyond what meets the eye. While the severity might not compare to high-speed crashes, victims can still experience significant injuries, financial burdens, and emotional losses. The question many find themselves asking is: can you seek compensation for such ‘minor’ incidents? 

Under certain circumstances, low-impact collisions can lead to significant and even life-altering injuries, for which the victim or victims are entitled to compensation. With the help of the experienced rear-end accident lawyers at Lever & Ecker, PLLC, victims can recover compensation for the damages they suffered. We have 65+ years of experience fighting for accident victims in New York and are prepared to pursue a strong case on your behalf while you concentrate on your recovery. 

What Is Considered a Low-Impact Rear-End Accident?

A low-impact car accident typically refers to collisions where the involved vehicles were traveling at speeds under 10 miles per hour. Such incidents can occur in various situations, such as congested traffic, during lane merges, or when drivers do not properly yield at intersections, be it at four-way stops, two-way stops, or traffic lights. Even areas such as pedestrian zones and crosswalks are not immune to these slower-speed collisions. 

Numerous factors can lead to low-impact accidents, especially negligent or reckless driving behaviors such as tailgating, being distracted behind the wheel, driving under the influence (alcohol or drugs), drowsy driving, and failing to observe right-of-way rules. Additionally, inclement weather conditions like snow or ice can exacerbate the risk.

Insurance companies may fight to diminish, delay or even deny your claim in such accidents by asserting that your injuries are not as serious as you claim. The lawyers at Lever & Ecker, PLLC, know how to challenge their unfair tactics, prove the extent of your losses and injuries, and fight for the compensation you deserve.  

Types of Compensation You May Recover in a Successful Rear-End Accident Claim

The aftermath of a rear-end collision can vary in severity, with some victims needing prolonged hospital care and significant time away from work. Such scenarios can lead to escalating costs that burden both the victims and their families. If you have been injured in a low-impact rear-end accident, seeking legal guidance from an experienced lawyer can help you seek economic and non-economic damages, including the following: 

  • Pain and suffering (past and future), including surgeries and other treatment
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of enjoyment in life
  • Lost wages and income (past and future)
  • Medical expenses (past and future)
  • Significant disfigurement or disability

If you have been harmed in a rear-end accident, it is essential to consult with a knowledgeable car accident attorney promptly. In New York, you typically have three years from the collision to file a claim, though this window can be significantly shorter if you are seeking a claim against a municipality. 

While three years might seem like a substantial amount of time, acting swiftly is imperative, as key evidence could be corrupted or disappear, and witnesses might forget vital details of the incident. The legal professionals at Lever & Ecker, PLLC, are equipped to assess your situation and gather necessary evidence without delay.

Speak With the Rear-End Accident Lawyers at Lever & Ecker, PLLC

A rear-end accident, even at low speeds, can have catastrophic consequences on a victim’s quality of life. The award-winning lawyers at Lever & Ecker, PLLC, are prepared to navigate the legal process on your behalf and seek the compensation you deserve. We are always prepared to go to trial if necessary. 

Schedule a complimentary consultation by calling (914) 288-9191 or (718) 933-3632. You can also fill out a contact form.

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