In many cases, a rear-end car accident is caused by a negligent driver. In order to recover compensation from the other driver, however, a plaintiff must prove that he also suffered an injury or loss and that his injuries were caused by the driver’s negligence. In a January 3, 2018 case, the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland reviewed a personal injury claim involving a rear-end accident. The parties stipulated that the defendant was negligent in causing the accident, but they left the issues of causation and damages for the jury to decide. After the jury returned a verdict in favor of the defendant, the plaintiff appealed.
In the case, the defendant rear-ended the plaintiff as he was stopped at a red light at an intersection. The impact caused the plaintiff’s car to collide with an SUV that was in front of his. Nevertheless, the plaintiff’s airbags did not deploy, and there was no damage to the vehicles other than a scratch to the plaintiff’s rear bumper. The parties were able to drive away from the accident scene, and the defendant was uninjured.
The plaintiff dropped off his passenger after the accident and drove himself to the emergency room. The doctors took an x-ray of his shoulder and said he could return to work in two days. A week later, the plaintiff sought treatment from his primary care physician, who referred him to another doctor. The doctor treated the plaintiff over the course of two years, providing rehab and physical therapy services. The plaintiff was able to continue playing sports throughout the time.