What Should I Do After a Rear-End Collision?
There are many types of car accidents; some are small, involve little damage, and are easily resolved. Unfortunately, there are also some accidents that cause catastrophic injuries and extreme damages. Rear-end collisions are some of the most common, but most damaging accidents.
How Does A Rear-End Collision Happen?Rear-end collisions occur for many reasons. Drivers may hit another car from behind if they are:
- Not paying attention to the road
- Driving aggressively
- Moving quickly from lane to lane
- Trying to beat a traffic light before it turns red, sometimes resulting in an intersection accident
In any of these cases, the at-fault driver is being negligent. He or she isn't paying attention to laws or standards put in place to protect everyone's safety while driving. Florida statute 316.0895 is often used to prove that the at-fault driver was following too closely. The statute says that a "driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable," as to avoid a rear-end collision. At-fault drivers are presumed to be responsible unless it can be proved that the person who was hit stopped unexpectedly and the accident couldn't be avoided.
Rear-End Collision Injuries
Drivers involved in rear-end collisions have severe and lasting injuries because they are often unable to prepare for the impact of another vehicle. Front-end collisions allow victims to try avoiding the other car or at least brace themselves for the accident. However, rear-end collisions are often unexpected and can cause some of the most severe damage to the vehicle and it's occupants.
Some injuries that can result from a rear-end collision include:
- Scratches or bruises
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries.
- Life and work-limiting disabilities
- And in severe cases, death.
If you or a loved one have been injured by another driver in a rear-end collision, contact an experienced rear-end collision attorney to hold them accountable.
Getting Compensation for Rear-End Collision Vehicle Damages
Vehicles may be damaged beyond repair and totaled in more severe rear-end collisions. Under Florida law, you can seek compensation for your vehicle in the event that it is damaged or totaled. An experienced attorney can guide you through the insurance claims process to find which sources of liability will get you the most money you need to recover from injuries or property damage.
Understand that drivers that cause rear-end collisions are negligent and should be held responsible for the injuries or damage they cause. You may have a case for seeking benefits beyond what you get from insurance coverage. Call the Coye Law Firm today to discuss your case with an aggressive and experienced personal injury attorney. Our staff examines areas of liability that may go overlooked by others.