The most common type of car accident is the rear-end collision. There are approximately 2.5 million rear-end accidents in the United States every year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 29.6 percent of all car accidents are rear-impact crashes.
Causes of Rear-End Car Accidents
- Distracted driving (talking on cell phone, rubbernecking, texting, adjusting the radio, etc.)
Injuries from Rear–End Accidents
High-speed rear-end crashes with a forceful impact can result in serious injury or, less frequently, death. Insurance companies like to argue that low-speed rear-end collisions with low to moderate impact do not cause serious injuries. Jury awards and scientific evidence clearly show that serious injuries—typically neck and low back injuries—are caused by even low-impact accidents. One painful and debilitating injury frequently caused by a rear impact is a herniated disc. Serious herniated disc injuries may require cervical or lumbar spinal fusion surgery.
Making a Claim
Although rear-end collisions look clear-cut because the car that causes the accident from the rear is presumed to be at fault, that doesn’t mean the insurance company will readily pay full compensation for all your injuries. They will look for any reason to reduce the amount they offer in settlement.
That’s why in this kind of accident in particular, it is much more effective to have an experienced Florida car accident attorney on your side who has the knowledge and resources to prove that your injuries may permanently change your life and to make certain that you receive an adequate recovery.
If you’ve been injured in a rear-impact accident and want to learn more about pursuing a claim in Florida, you will want to read a free consumer guide by Jim Dodson, a car accident attorney in Clearwater, Florida, entitled Five Mistakes That Can Wreck Your Florida Accident Claim. Many people just like you have relied upon Jim’s guide for answers to questions that commonly arise when a person has been in a car accident. Read it in the comfort of your home before you even hire a lawyer.
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