Recent research has revealed that just over one third of car accidents are caused by one car going into the back of another one in so-called rear-end shunts. The exact figure of 34.52% compares with the lower figure of 32.17% recorded by Accident Exchange in 2011. Comparing the two figures reveals an increase of more than 7% in this area in that three year period.
The overwhelming majority of these rear-end shunts occur due to the fault of the driver behind, often due to inattention. For the person driving the car in front, such an accident can be extremely painful and lead to injuries such as whiplash. The research did not point to any specific reasons for the increase in accidents of this nature. However a spokeswoman from Accident Exchange speculated that the increase of potential distractions in a car could be partly to blame.
Have you been injured in a rear-end shunt?
It is quite possible to suffer one or more injuries in a rear-end shunt type of accident. This is possible regardless of whether you are the one who caused the collision or you are the innocent party. Of course if you have evidence the other party involved was negligent in their driving skills you may be able to make a compensation claim for any injuries suffered.
The severity of the injuries is likely to depend on how fast the car behind is travelling when it hits the car in front. The greater the difference in speed between the two cars, the more chance there is of greater damage – both to the car and to those involved.
Making a claim for compensation for injuries caused in a car accident
If you believe you have evidence that negligence has occurred and you are the victim of a rear-end shunt or any other type of car accident, contact Accident Advice Helpline now. Our 24-hour enquiry line is open seven days a week and provides you with an easy way to get in touch with experienced professional injury compensation lawyers. Alternatively you may wish to take our 30-second online test to determine whether you are in a position to make a no win, no fee* claim. We are proud to say we have handled hundreds of cases and we can count Esther Rantzen as our patron. Perhaps we can help you too. Call us now to find out.
Source: Daily Mail