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Types of Car Accidents - Part 3: Rear End Car Accident in New York

Frank J. Dito, Jr.
Car accident, personal injury and workers’ compensation attorney serving Staten Island and Brooklyn New York.

Rear end collisions can result because of many circumstances.  Generally, unless the driver who rear ended the person can prove otherwise, the driver who rear ends a car is considered to be the negligent party.  A person who is driving a car behind someone is expected to be alert as to the road conditions and drivers around them and is also expected to keep a safe distance away from the vehicle they are in back of.  If someone rear ends another car it is generally, again unless proven otherwise, considered to be the person who rear ended the other persons car's fault.

The general rule for driving behind someone is that the person in the back is to be either two full seconds (one one thousand, two one thousand) behind the other car if judging by an object or one full car length per every 10 mph that the car is driving.  Driving any closer to a vehicle than that, or tailgating, can result in the driver in the back not having enough time to stop or properly avoid an accident.

The most common injuries that can result from rear end collision accidents are:

  • Whiplash injuries - A whiplash injury is the result of the head and neck being thrown forward and then backward violently in a car accident.  Whiplash can sometimes cause problems years down the road including herniated or bulging discs in the neck and the back.
  • Herniated or Bulging Disc Injuries - The force of the collision in the car accident can cause the small bones connected to the spine to shift violently out of place causing the discs in the spine to herniated (or bulge) out of place which results in tremendous pain and discomfort in the neck, back and may even sometimes cause shooting pain to other areas of the body.


Making sure you seek medical attention after an rear end collision is necessary to check your spine and to make sure everything in your back and neck is properly positioned still.  You may end up needing to visit a chiropractor routinely, see an acupuncturist or have surgery if your back or neck was injured from the violent throw your body experiences during a rear end collision car accident.

To speak with a Staten Island Injury Attorney about your rear end collision accident and injuries call Frank J. Dito injury lawyer at 800-310-5520 or fill out our contact form to arrange for a free consultation.


Types of Accidents
Part 1: Drunk Driving Accidents in New York
Part 2: Drowsy Driving Accidents in New York
Part 3: Rear-End Collision Accidents in New York
Part 4: Side Impact Crash / T-bone Accident in New York
Part 5: Speeding Accident in New York
Part 6: Head-on Collision in New York
Part 7: Improper Lane Change Accident in New York
Part 8: Distracted Driving Accident in New York