Shunt accidents are one of the most common types of motor vehicle accident, especially during busy traffic and rush hour time. A shunt accident is another term for a rear-end collision, where a vehicle crashes into the car, van or lorry in front of it.
Most of us have at least witnessed this kind of incident, even if we have not been in one ourselves. Though this kind of accident might not seem like much of a concern, it can still result in injury for those within the colliding vehicles.
At Accident Advice Helpline we see many of these cases, with more and more people choosing to claim against the person who caused the collision. Many cases are successful and the claimant is awarded compensation that is dependent upon the severity of injury they have received.
Reasons for shunt accidents and resulting injuries
There are many reasons why shunt accidents might occur, the most common factors that contribute to rear-end collisions include tailgating, the driver being inattentive or easily distracted, panic stops, and reduced traction as a result of adverse weather conditions. Whatever the reason for the rear-end accident, if you suffered injury as a result you are well within your right to claim.
Injuries from shunt accidents range from very minor to the more severe. The most common condition suffered by road collision victims is whiplash, however, more serious conditions may also arise such as spinal damage. In the most severe cases the rearmost passengers in vehicles like mini-buses can be severely injured or potentially even killed.
Who is at fault?
When it comes to placing blame, the fault almost always lies with the driver of the car that has rear-ended the other vehicle. This is usually because the driver did not leave enough space, was distracted or not paying attention, or sped up too quickly.
If you have been involved in a rear-end collision and are not sure if you can claim, why not contact Accident Advice Helpline now on 0800 689 0500? One of our specialist staff will be able to tell you if you are eligible to claim and if so, how much you could be owed.
Alternatively, for a quick check to see how much compensation you could be due check out our 30-second claim calculator available on our website.
Date Published: July 27, 2015
Author: Rob Steen