When you are rear-ended by another vehicle, per New York law, the driver who hit you is statutorily at fault, unless the other driver can provide an ‘adequate explanation’ that does not involve any negligence on his or her part. If a defendant driver is able to prove that an ‘Act of God,’ under the Emergency Doctrine caused them to rear-end your vehicle, then the driver may be able to avoid being held liable to you in a lawsuit. Frequently when it is raining, snowing, sleeting or extremely windy, defendants will try to blame the weather on the reason they hit you. In other situations, defendants may argue that they were avoiding an emergency vehicle and that caused them to rear-end you. However, bad weather or the presence of an emergency vehicle do not provide an absolute shield to the offending driver.
Rear End Collision Injuries
If you or someone close to you has been a victim in a rear-end motor-vehicle accident, we are here to help! Just because there was bad weather or an emergency vehicle passing at the time you were in the motor vehicle accident does not mean that you cannot recover damages for any injuries you sustained in the accident. At the Law Offices of Louis Grandelli, we are highly skilled at handling numerous types of personal injury cases, including rear-end motor-vehicle accident cases. In one of our many successful cases, we secured a $2.95 million settlement for a husband and wife who were injured when their vehicle was struck from behind by a bakery van. The case settled at the end of the liability portion of the trial. Although the defendants argued that their vehicle lost control because of a rainstorm and that the plaintiff caused or contributed to the accident, we were able to prove that the defendants were responsible for the accident and that the emergency doctrine did not apply. You can trust us to fight hard and thoroughly explore all angles of a case to help you receive the highest amount of compensation possible for your injuries. Call us today at 212-668-8400 to set up a free consultation.
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