Jennifer Lopez and Leah Remini were involved in a rear-end car crash on the Pacific Coast Highway that endangered the women’s children, who were in the backseat, according to recent reports. The singer and actress posted Instagram pictures of herself and her friend, star of “King of Queens,” after being hit by a drunk driver.
“Sitting at a light, Riding high right before some drunk fool rear ended us in my new whip!!! Thank god everyone ok!!! #GRATEFUL #THANKYOUGOD #DontdrinkandDrive!!!! #cursedthatfoolout #theBronxcameout #dontmesswithmycocnuts #mamabear #leahstayedcalm #thatwasweird” posted the actress. Her “coconuts” referred to her children, six-year-old twins, as well as Remini’s 10-year-old daughter, all of whom were in the backseat at the time of the crash.
The two women called 911 and police arrived quickly, arresting the driver who had attempted to flee the scene. He was charged with suspicion of operating under the influence as well as hit-and-run.
The rear-end car crash is the most common type, according to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. According to these figures, 23 percent of all accidents are due to loss of control or running off the road, while 28 percent are classified as rear-end collisions. Another nine percent of all crashes are caused by bad lane changes.
Rear-end crashes are typically not deadly but they do result in a high number of injuries. Whiplash injuries are particularly prevalent among drivers and passengers who have been rear-ended. This is due to the fact that the forward force of the vehicle being struck by a car from behind tends to throw the victims forward, then snap them back as inertia sets in. This can result in a whiplash injury in which the soft tissues of the neck, back and shoulder are damaged.
In almost every case in which a driver is rear-ended, the other party is charged with the accident. This means that if you have been the victim of a rear-end crash, there is a good possibility that you can claim damages for your injuries from the other driver. However, in order to collect the maximum amount of compensation for a rear-end crash, you may wish to consult a personal injury attorney.
Dan Gilleon of San Diego has been representing victims of rear-end crashes for many years. He has helped hundreds of people collect payment for medical bills and other expenses. Contact him today for more information.