Rear-End Collisions

Rear-End Accident Lawyers in Charleston

Let Us Fight for Maximum Compensation on Your Behalf

Known to be the most common type of auto accident, a rear-end collision can occur in various ways. Driver inattention, following too closely, and texting while driving are examples of behavior that may cause a rear-end accident.

If you or someone you love was rear-ended while driving in Central or Southern Illinois or St. Louis, The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm may be able to help. You may be eligible for compensation based on the pain and suffering you experienced from your injuries. At our firm, we understand that the emotional and mental distress associated with a car accident can last for years, preventing you from living a life unhindered by this trauma. We believe that the reckless actions of the individual who caused your accident should be accounted for, which is why we always fight for the maximum amount of compensation to which our clients are entitled.

To find out how we can help, call (217) 394-5885 to arrange a free consultation. There is no obligation to proceed, and the details of your case are always completely confidential.

Injuries Caused by Rear-End Collisions

According to the statistics from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), 72 people died as a result of rear-end collisions in 2017, and over 21,500 experienced some form of injury.

Injuries caused by a rear-end accident may include:

  • Broken bones
  • Broken teeth
  • Bruising
  • Burns
  • Facial injuries
  • Internal organ damage
  • Lacerations
  • Seat belt injuries
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Whiplash
  • Wrist injury

By their nature, rear-end accidents often take place while one car is moving and the other is motionless or has slowed down significantly. This type of impact can do severe damage to the neck and spine because of the sudden force of impact. Whiplash is frequently reported as a leading injury among those involved in rear-end collisions. Wrist fractures or sprains are also common, as most accident victims are inclined to reach out in front of them in an attempt to stop their forward motion.

What Causes Rear-End Collisions?

The most effective way to avoid a rear-end collision is by utilizing defensive driving tactics, but this is not a fail-safe method. The negligence of other drivers can be impossible to predict at times, and careless behavior plays a major role in rear-end collisions across Illinois.

Some of the most common causes of rear-end crashes include:

  • Distracted driving
  • Texting while driving
  • Tailgating (following too closely)
  • Drunk driving
  • Failure to obey traffic signs and signals
  • Failure to use turn signals
  • Impatient drivers
  • Poor visibility
  • Speeding

Of course, the specifics of each incident will vary from crash to crash, but the causes mentioned above continually contribute to rear-end collisions across Illinois and the United States as a whole.

Free Rear-End Accident Case Evaluation

If you were involved in a rear-end collision, we recommend seeking medical attention as soon as possible. We also recommend discussing your right to compensation with a skilled Charleston, IL rear-end accident attorney at The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm.

We can help you fight for the justice you deserve. With years of experience in auto accident litigation, our team of compassionate and intelligent lawyers can help guide you through what can be a frustrating and frightening experience. We have been representing victims of rear-end accidents and all types of traffic collisions in Central and Southern Illinois since 1996. We are proud of the results we have obtained through our hard work and professionalism, and we are ready to see how we can help you.

Call (217) 394-5885 or contact us online to discuss your case and how we can help.


  • Unwavering Dedication
    We will fight for a just outcome on your behalf, and won’t give up in the face of difficult or unexpected challenges.
  • A Record of Proven Results
    Over our hundred years of combined legal experience, we have recovered millions of dollars for injured clients.
  • Respected in Our Community
    When attorneys need an attorney, they call us. Over 200 attorneys routinely refer clients to our capable & qualified team.
  • Compassionate Advocacy

    We genuinely care about the outcome of your case & commit to standing by your side every step of the way. 

  • Committed to Our Clients
    We pride ourselves in going the extra mile to make all of our clients feel comfortable, well-informed, and secure.
  • Clear Communication

    Our attorneys are committed to actively listening to our clients and to setting realistic, justifiable expectations.

Get The Help You Need

If you are interested in learning more about our law firm or want to schedule a free case evaluation, we encourage you to get in touch with our team today.


Millions Recovered For Our Clients
  • Car Accident $16,550,000 Settlement

    Settlement for a family of four involved in a single car wreck in a highway construction zone.

  • Truck Accident Resulting in Eye Injuries $2,000,000 Settlement

    Settlement of an accident involving a delivery truck with a pickup truck.

  • Car Crash Resulting in Injuries $650,000 Settlement
  • Car Crash Resulting in Serious Injuries $300,000 Settlement
  • Car Crash Resulting in Serious Injuries $222,500 Settlement
  • Drunk Driver Hits Illinois Man On Cam-Am Spyder $200,000 Settlement
  • Car Crash as a Result of Wrong Way Driver $100,000 Settlement
  • Head-On Accident Settlement
  • Passenger In Car Accident Settlement
  • Uninsured Motorist Claim Settlement

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    - Betty “Jane” B.
  • “When I got hurt, I almost lost everything. Bill Tapella was there for me and helped me put my life together.”

    - Brenda M.
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