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Rear End Collisions in Albuquerque Car Accidents

Posted by attorney Mark Caruso

Rear End Collision, Caruso Law Office--Albuquerque Auto Accident Attorney

Rear End Collision in Albuquerque Auto Accident

Rear-end accidents in Albuquerque are a common occurrence, as they are throughout New Mexico. Congested roads, older roads not build for high traffic volume, and the presence of red light cameras or other traffic control devices have all increased your risk of being involved in a rear-end collision. Caruso Law Offices handle rear end accidents every day, because personal injury claims is all we do. Call us at (505)883-5000 or e-mail us at or visit our web site at

The Albuquerque Personal Injury Attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices are dedicated to helping accident victims recover losses through personal injury and wrongful death litigation. Rear-end collisions are often derided as whiplash claims. The fact of the matter is that they can lead to very serious, debilitating injuries.

With many types of accidents, a driver has some warning, and may even be able to take evasive action to avoid some of a collision's blunt force. With a rear-end collision, a vehicle's occupants typically have no such warning. Caruso Law Offices has probably seen every type of possible rear end accident in the 31 years that we have been handling car accident claims. Common causes of rear-end crashes in New Mexico include:

  • Panic Stopping
  • Tailgating
  • Sudden stop by the first car
  • Rapid acceleration by the second car
  • Red-light cameras or other intersection technologies
  • Congested streets

In many cases, the risk of serious or fatal injury is compounded by the size of the vehicles. Being struck from behind by a larger vehicle can be devastating, and may even force you into the vehicle in front of you. Conversely, hitting the rear of a larger vehicle, particularly a large truck, can result in an underride accident, in which your car is forced beneath the leading vehicle.

The rear driver is typically cited in such accidents. A 2011 investigation by local Police Department found tailgating was the leading cause of injury crashes in the city - sending more people to the hospital than drunk driving or speeding.

In some cases, a defective vehicle claim may arise from a rear-end collision. There have been any number of claims over the years of defective gas tanks or structural defects that exacerbate a crash. In other cases, large commercial trucks without override guards or other protective equipment can result in a higher chance of serious or fatal injury.

Neck, Back and Whiplash Injuries From Rear End Collision in Albuquerque

Whiplash is not a medical term. And unfortunately, it has become synonymous with injury lawsuits. Whiplash is used to describe "Cervical Acceleration-Deceleration" injuries, which is the rapid movement of the neck. These injuries have been around since the dawn of motorized travel; they were called "railroad spine" before motor vehicles, when the most common cause was a train collision.

The truth of the matter is that the neck is a very delicate structure of tendon and bone. Neck, back, or shoulder injury as a result of a rear-end collision may include headaches, pain in the arms and legs and numbness. A whiplash injury may be the result of the stretching of the spine's anterior longitudinal ligament, which stretches or tears as the head snaps forward and then back.

We can refer you to local health care providers to treat your neck and back injuries. Most of these doctors will wait until you settle your case before any money is due them. We work with orthopedic doctors, neurologists, chiropractors, dentists, internists, physical therapists, medical massage therapists, radiologists and other health care providers.

You need to be evaluated if you are having any discomfort whatsoever. We can arrange for a consultation with one of the doctors we work with if you have no health insurance or prefer not to pay a deductible or co-pay with your current health insurance.

Rear-end collisions can cause very serious neck and back injuries, which should not be dismissed and should not be taken lightly.

Victims should understand the long-term implications of such injuries. You should take injuries into consideration when determining whether to pursue a personal injury claim against an at-fault driver.

Remember that we offer a 29% discounted attorney fee. Call us today at (505)883-5000, e-mail us at or visit our web site at to schedule a free confidential appointment with one of our attorneys.

If your family is dealing with a New Mexico car accident, contact the Albuquerque personal injury lawyers and wrongful death attorneys at Caruso Law Offices today for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights. Ask about our discounted contingency fee.

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