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Being rear-ended while merging can happen unexpectedly. While these car accidents may not seem severe, they often result in serious injuries and damage to your vehicle. In the aftermath, you could be facing mounting medical expenses and injuries that can impact the quality of your life.

That’s why it’s important to speak to a Premier Car Accident Lawyer who can protect your rights and pursue a claim on your behalf. To get started, contact a lawyer in your area and schedule a free consultation.

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In a rear-end collision that occurs when one vehicle is merging onto a highway, fault is typically assigned to the driver of the vehicle that rear-ended the merging vehicle. Here's why:

  • Duty to maintain a safe following distance: Drivers are generally expected to maintain a safe following distance behind the vehicles in front of them. This distance allows for adequate reaction time and braking in the event of sudden stops or changes in traffic conditions.
  • Responsibility of the rear vehicle: The driver of the vehicle behind has a responsibility to pay attention to the road and traffic conditions ahead. If a vehicle is merging onto a highway, it’s common for that merging vehicle to be traveling at a slower speed while adjusting to the flow of traffic. The rear vehicle should be aware of this and take appropriate measures to maintain a safe distance.
  • Failure to maintain a safe following distance: If the driver of the rear vehicle fails to maintain a safe following distance and doesn’t brake or take evasive action when another vehicle is merging onto the highway, they are typically considered at fault for the collision.

Whose fault is it if someone merges into you?

Determining fault in a merging car accident can depend on the specific circumstances of the incident. Liability is generally assessed based on traffic laws, right-of-way rules, and the actions of the drivers involved. 

If a driver merges into your lane without signaling, failing to check their blind spots, or without yielding the right-of-way when required, they are typically at fault for the collision. Drivers making lane changes must do so safely, while ensuring they have a clear path and do not impede the flow of traffic.

In some cases, the merging driver may be obligated to yield the right-of-way to vehicles already in the lane they are merging into. If they fail to yield when required by traffic laws or road signs, they would be considered at fault.

Determining fault in a situation where two cars merge into the same lane and collide can be complex. It often depends on the specifics of the incident.

Typically, the driver who did not have the right of way at the time of merging is more likely to be found at fault. This often means the vehicle that is entering or merging into traffic must yield to vehicles already in the lane.

If one driver failed to use turn signals when merging, this could be seen as a failure to communicate their intentions, contributing to fault.

In certain situations, fault may be shared between both drivers. For example, if both drivers are making lane changes at the same time and collide, liability may be divided based on the actions of each driver.

Rear-end collision damage and injuries can vary depending on the severity and nature of the crash. They typically include: 

  • Whiplash: This is the most common injury in rear-end collisions. Whiplash occurs when the force of the impact causes the head and neck to whip back and forth rapidly. Symptoms can include neck pain and stiffness, headaches, dizziness, and sometimes blurred vision or ringing in the ears.
  • Back injuries: The impact of a rear-end collision can cause various back injuries. These include sprains, strains, herniated discs, and fractures. These injuries can range from mild back pain to serious spinal cord injuries.
  • Head injuries: In a rear-end collision, occupants may hit their heads against the steering wheel, dashboard, or headrests. This can lead to concussions or more severe traumatic brain injuries.
  • Wrist and arm injuries: Occupants might instinctively brace for impact, leading to sprains, fractures, or dislocations in the wrists and arms.

When do most merging accidents occur?

Merging accidents, where vehicles collide during the merging process, are more likely to occur in certain situations and locations:

  • Highway on-ramps: Drivers are often rear-ended while merging on a highway. Drivers entering a high-speed environment must merge smoothly into the flow of traffic. This can be challenging, especially during heavy traffic.
  • Intersections: At intersections, drivers often need to merge into the flow of cross-traffic when turning left or right. Misjudging the timing or failing to yield the right-of-way can lead to other drivers being rear-ended while merging.
  • Construction zones: Merging can become particularly challenging in construction zones where lanes are narrowed. Drivers need to navigate these changes and merge safely.
  • Freeway exits: As drivers approach freeway exits, they may need to merge into the exit lane. Confusion and rapid changes in speed can contribute to a collision while merging.

Choosing the right personal injury lawyer is crucial to the success of your case and the pursuit of fair compensation. Here are some key steps to help you select the right attorney:

  • Identify the specific details of your claim and find a lawyer who knows how to handle rear-end collisions.
  • Start by researching personal injury lawyers in your area.
  • Verify the qualifications and credentials of potential attorneys.
  • Search for online reviews and testimonials from previous clients.
  • Schedule a free initial consultation with a lawyer.
  • Inquire about the attorney's experience in handling cases similar to yours.
  • Discuss the attorney's fee structure and costs.

What is the average payout for a rear-end collision?

The average payout for a rear-end collision can vary depending on the severity of the car accident, the extent of injuries, insurance coverage, and percentage of fault. There is no fixed or standard amount for rear-end collision settlements or payouts.

However, an attorney will factor in your medical expenses (current and future), property damage, lost wages, and lost future earning capacity. They will also include pain and suffering damages, including mental anguish, trauma, and loss of enjoyment of life.

It’s worth noting that some states use the comparative negligence law, which can affect your settlement if you contributed any fault to the crash. There are generally three types of comparative negligence:

  • Pure comparative negligence: You can still recover damages, even if you’re 99% at fault.
  • Modified comparative negligence 50% rule: You’re barred from recovering damages if you’re more than 50% at fault.
  • Modified comparative negligence 51% rule: You can’t recover any damages if you’re more than 51% at fault.

Under each of these comparative negligence rules, the amount of eligible compensation would be reduced by your percentage of fault. For example, if you’re found 20% at fault and your damages equal $50,000, you would only be able to recover $40,000 in damages.

If you were rear-ended while merging, the aftermath can feel like a drawn-out and frustrating process. The other driver’s insurance company may do everything in their power to shift the blame onto you, reduce your compensation, or deny your claim. Without an experienced attorney in your corner, you could be outmatched.

A Premier Car Accident Lawyer won’t let that happen. They’ll thoroughly investigate your rear-end collision to prove that you have a valid claim. They’ll also negotiate with insurance companies for fair compensation.

To initiate your claim, contact a Premier Lawyer near you and set up your free initial consultation. It won’t cost you anything upfront and there are no obligations to hire a lawyer if you don’t feel that they’re a good fit for your case.

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