Rear-end accidents are common both in Massachusetts and across the United States. If you or someone close to you has been injured in a rear-end collision that was not your fault, you may be entitled to compensation for your harm. At The Law Offices of Barry Feinstein & Affiliates P.C. , our diligent Massachusetts car accident attorneys can meticulously examine the facts of your case and help you determine your next steps.
A rear-end collision takes place when one vehicle crashes into the vehicle in front of it. Rear-end collisions are among the most common types of motor vehicle accidents in the United States. Data from the National Highway Safety Administration reveal that there are about 2.5 million rear-end collisions each year. Essentially, of all of the auto accidents in the country, approximately 28 percent are rear-end collisions. Rear-end collisions are also extremely common in Massachusetts. In fact, according to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, rear-end collisions were the most common types of collisions in the state in both 2012 and 2013. In 2012, there were 1,289 rear-end accidents, whereas in 2013, there were 1,461.
In many cases, the risk of serious injury or fatal injury depends on the size of the vehicles. Being struck from behind by a significantly larger vehicle can have devastating consequences for the driver and passengers of the smaller car. On the other hand, a car hitting the back of a much larger vehicle, such as a truck, could result in a dangerous underride accident.