Venice Rear-End Collision Attorney
While there are a number of different types of car accidents in which a person can be involved, certain kinds of accidents do tend to occur more often than others. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), for instance, estimates that as many as 30 percent of all car crashes in the U.S. are rear-end collisions. Unfortunately, even rear-end crashes that are considered minor fender benders can cause debilitating back and neck pain, leaving injured parties to struggle with medical bills and chronic pain for months or even years to come. To ensure that you have the best possible chance of recovering compensation from the negligent driver who caused your own rear-end car accident, please reach out to our experienced Venice rear-end collision attorneys today for help.
Presumption of Negligence
In Florida, like many other states, there is a rebuttable presumption that the rear driver in a collision between two vehicles, in which one car crashes into another, is at fault for the accident. This is because Florida law prohibits drivers from following too closely, which means that even if the driver in the lead car slammed on his or her brakes, the driver following should technically have enough time to swerve out of the way, meaning that he or she will be deemed negligence for any subsequent collision.
Was the Lead Driver Negligent?
Because Florida’s presumption of negligence is rebuttable, those who are involved in rear-end collisions in the state will have the opportunity to present evidence demonstrating that the front driver was actually at-fault. If, for example, the front driver’s brake lights weren’t working, the rear driver could be entitled to compensation for that driver’s degree of responsibility in causing the crash. Similarly, if the front driver was driving erratically or recklessly in such a way that it was nearly impossible to avoid a collision, the rear driver could be entitled to at least some compensation. Mechanical failure in the rear vehicle could also lessen a person’s liability for a rear-end collision.
The Importance of Recovery
Rear-end collisions, no matter how minor, tend to result in at least one injury. For instance, the NHTSA estimates that of the nearly 2.4 million rear-end collisions that occurred in a recent year, more than 700,000 resulted in injury. While they ranged in type and severity, most of these injuries involved damage to the neck and back, which is largely attributed to the fact that these are the parts of the body that typically sustain the majority of impact in rear-end crashes. The facet joints that connect the vertebrae are at a particularly high risk of compression in rear-end collisions, resulting in limited movement, pain, and nerve damage. Victims are also at risk of suffering from whiplash, which involves damage to the soft tissues in the neck, as well as herniated discs, in which the discs between the vertebrae are pressed into the spinal cord, and spinal fractures.
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Please call Hale Law at 941-735-4529 today to speak with a dedicated and compassionate Venice rear-end collision attorney who can help you seek compensation for your accident-related medical bills.