A rear-end collision is a type of car accident that occurs when a driver hits the back of another car. This type of accident is usually the result of the driver failing to ensure safe, clear distance between themselves and the vehicle in front of them. Even seemingly minor rear-end collisions, also known as “fender benders,” can result in serious injuries that someone will have to recover from, and the costs can get expensive to keep up with.
If you have been involved in a rear-end collision that wasn’t your fault, you may be able to seek entitled compensation for your damages beyond the scope of insurance with the help of an experienced car accident lawyer. A Tampa personal injury attorney at Tragos, Sartes & Tragos will be able to fight for your rights throughout your case.
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If you’ve been in a fender bender, know that you’re not alone. Far from it. In fact, rear-end crashes are one of the most frequent types of automobile accidents in the United States. Here are several statistics about these types of car accidents that may surprise you:
Most rear-end collisions happen when people are driving too close to each other in stop-and-go traffic. They also happen when people are texting and driving or their attention is diverted. They may be eating, putting on their makeup, or adjusting the radio without realizing that the person in front of them has slowed down or stopped.
Other common causes of fender benders can include:
A rear-end crash can occur in densely-packed city streets or during rush hour traffic on the highways. Wherever there are moving vehicles that are tightly packed together, the odds of a rear-end collision occurring increase.
Unlike head-on crashes and rollover accidents, many people involved in a rear-end collision make the mistake of not taking their injuries seriously. However, even a low-speed fender bender in a parking lot can result in long-term bodily damage that requires costly medical care.
The most common injuries sustained in a rear-end car accident are:
Florida operates under a rebuttable presumption system, meaning that when somebody is rear-ended, by default, the law considers the back car liable unless that driver can show by some preponderance of the evidence that their actions were appropriate and therefore they weren’t at fault for the accident. In short, if someone hits you from behind, it’s virtually never your fault—no matter why you stopped.
The state of Florida employs pure comparative fault for car accident cases. Under comparative fault, the court establishes a percentage for which an accident victim was responsible for their own injuries, and applies this figure to any amount awarded. So if they find that a person was 20% responsible for what happened, they might receive 20% less in compensation.
Drivers are obligated, pursuant to law and insurance contracts, to seek medical attention as quickly as possible after their car accident in Tampa. They are are obligated to document damage to their vehicle and any injuries, and provide statements to any involved insurance carriers.
Our attorneys will use the assistance of the law enforcement personnel who arrive at the scene. We will take testimony from the people involved in the accident, along with that of any witnesses. We will consider the time of day, traffic conditions, and weather to make determinations about if the individual that caused the accident failed to ensure a clear distance or wasn’t operating their vehicle in an appropriately safe manner.
We can also help ease your mind by answering many of the questions you likely have right now:
Lastly, if you schedule a meeting with our car accident lawyers, your first consultation is 100% free. During your no-cost case evaluation, we’ll review your case and give you all the information you need to make a decision moving forward.
We’ll show you how we’ve been able to secure positive outcomes for past clients with similar cases:
Our experienced Tampa rear-end collision accident lawyers are familiar with all the necessary procedures following a rear-end accident, and can help you navigate the process. Obtaining representation from a lawyer quickly can help ensure that you maximize the value of their claim.
In the meantime, don’t make any statements, agree to a low ball insurance settlement offer or take other actions that might interfere with your ability to receive full compensation for your injuries. Instead, get in touch with Tragos, Sartes & Tragos.