What Happens After a Rear End Collision
By the Perazzo Law Firm
Motor vehicle collisions are one of the most common causes of personal injury. The most common car accidents are rear end collisions, which are the least deadly type of motor vehicle accidents but can still result in extremely serious and long-term injuries. The rear end collisions typically result in a sudden acceleration and a sudden stop causing a whipping motion to your head, neck, and back.
Despite being the least deadly, the sudden whipping motion caused by a rear end impact can result in a concussion, shoulder or back damage which may require years of physical therapy, long term pain, and inability to work and enjoy time with your family.
Although it may not be immediately apparent, the whiplash motion can cause the brain of the victim to strike the inside of the skull leading to a serious brain injury. Further, the sudden acceleration can lead to bulging and herniation, which may result in a disability requiring lengthy physical therapy and loss of ability to work and earn a living.
Most common causes of rear end collisions are speeding, distracted drivers, reckless driving, failure to observe the rules, driving while under the influence, tailgating, etc. Weather conditions can play a role making roads more difficult to navigate due to slippery conditions and reduced visibility because of heavy rain or fog. At times, the fault may be the result of negligence of those not operating a motor vehicle. Negligence in construction zones can result in debris on the roadway leading to a motor vehicle accident. Additionally, road defects through negligent construction may result in a car accident.
Most of the time, the driver causing the accident is considered to be at fault. Therefore, you may be able to file a claim to recover money for the damages caused to your car as well as the costs of treatment, lost wages and pain and suffering. Nevertheless, the insurance companies will look for any way to deny your claim and place fault on the injured victim. Some of the way for the insurance company to deny a claim is to suggest the vehicle of the injured driver was not properly maintained or did not observe road safety rules.
When the insurance company chooses to deny your claim, it is important to have an experienced attorney represent you. To prove your case, you may need comprehensive documentation proving all the details of the accident. During litigation, it may be necessary to conduct the accident reconstruction to prove to the jury that the injured victim was not at fault. If you have been injured in a rear end collision, it is vital for you to consult an attorney who will explain, and fight for, your rights. Please be aware that there are time limits to commence a lawsuit to seek compensation. In Florida, the statute of limitations for car accident injuries is four (4) years from the date of the accident. If you do not file a claim within this time, your claim may be forever barred and you may lose your rights to file a lawsuit against the person who caused the accident.
If you seek further information on how to prepare for, or what to do after a rear end motor vehicle collision please do not hesitate to contact the lawyers at The Perazzo Law Firm. At the Perazzo Law Firm, we are experienced rear end collision lawyers with many years of practice. If you have been involved in a rear end collision accident in Miami or anywhere else in Florida, do not hesitate to contact us immediately.