Rear-end collisions are a common type of car accident. Even at low speeds, you could suffer an injury and property damage. If insurance does not cover all of your expenses, you may want to pursue further damages. A Miami rear-end collisions lawyer can help you. Ben Crump Law, PLLC offers free consultations and can help you learn more about your legal options. If you or a loved one have suffered an injury in a rear-end collision, you should call us at (800) 598-7557.
Typical Causes of Car Accidents
Car accidents have a number of common causes, and if the at-fault driver in your rear-end collision was engaging in one of these risky activities, they could be held liable for damages. Typical car accident causes include:
Distracted Driving: Drivers are supposed to keep their eyes on the road and their focus on operating their vehicle at all times, but a distracted driver is not doing that. They may be talking to passengers, playing with the radio, or even eating. These activities can interfere with a driver’s reaction time and lead to an accident.
Driving Under the Influence: Getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol or drugs is dangerous and illegal. Drivers who are impaired can cause accidents and harm others through their actions.
Drowsy Driving: Driving while tired can be nearly as dangerous as driving while impaired. Both slow down your reaction time and make driving safely more difficult. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), thousands of accidents, including rear-end collisions, are caused each year by drowsy driving.
Irresponsible Driving: A driver who ignores the rules of the road and traffic signals can cause an accident. For example, someone who exceeds the speed limit could easily find themselves in a situation where they cannot slow down for a traffic light or stop sign in time, causing a rear-end collision.
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Injuries in a Rear-End Collision Can Be Serious
A rear-end collision often occurs at low speeds. As a result, some people may not realize that they can be just as dangerous as other types of auto accidents. In actuality, even a low-speed collision taking place at just 5 to 10 mph can cause you or a loved one to suffer a serious injury.
According to research from Florida Atlantic University (FAU), one of the primary factors to consider in the seriousness of a rear-end collision is how the head of each occupant moves when a vehicle is suddenly struck from behind. This sudden motion, even at low speeds, can cause neck and upper back injuries. In some cases, this whiplash can lead to severe injuries.
An accident that leaves your vehicle basically unscathed can still harm you, so after receiving medical attention, contact a Miami rear-end collisions lawyer if you or a loved one believe that such an accident has had adverse effects on your health due to another driver’s negligence.
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Types of Recoverable Damages
Property Damage: Many rear-end collisions occur at low speeds and do not do that much damage to your vehicle, but if your situation differs from the norm and your vehicle sustains heavy damage, you may be entitled to compensation.
Medical Costs: One of the main concerns after a rear-end collision should be your health. You may have head or neck pain that requires a doctor visit, or you may be suffering from other serious health problems as a result of your accident. The medical bills can pile up fast, but you may be awarded damages that cover your medical costs.
Lost Wages: If you have to stay in a hospital or your injury prevents you from working, you may be able to sue for damages that cover your lost wages. Damages may also cover future wages that you lose out on, if your injury affects your ability to work. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), American drivers lost $33 billion in lifetime work due to auto accidents in 2012 alone.
Pain and Suffering: Any other pain and suffering relating to the rear-end collision or the injury you suffered may also entitle you to compensation.
How a Lawyer Can Help You
If you decide to pursue compensation after a rear-end collision, a lawyer can be a great deal of help since they handle all aspects of your case for you. They can:
File Your Case Quickly
Florida Statutes § 95.11(3)(a) requires you to file a personal injury suit within four years. That seems like a lot of time, but as you recover from injuries, get back to work, and otherwise return to your normal life after an accident, time can pass surprisingly fast. If too much time passes, you cannot pursue damages. A lawyer will quickly file your case for you and get to work, ensuring that you do not miss out on deserved awards and compensation.
Find the Liable Parties
A lawyer can show who is liable for the injury you or your loved one suffered, and they can show why you are owed compensation.
A lawyer can gather required evidence, such as police reports, information from insurance companies, and even eyewitness accounts, to show that you are owed damages.
Handle Communications for You
You have a life to get back to, and a lawyer can handle all communications for you. They can talk to the other parties and lawyers involved, and promptly let you know when there is news about your case, like a settlement offer.
Make Your Case
Finally, a lawyer can make your case and show why you are owed damages for the injury you suffered. If a settlement is not reached, a lawyer can argue your case in court.
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Contact Us for a Free Consultation
A Miami rear-end collisions lawyer can do a lot for you. Contact Ben Crump Law, PLLC at (800) 598-7557 for a free consultation to learn more about your legal options. Remember that you do not pay anything until you receive a settlement or award.