Rear end accidents are among the most common types of automobile collisions in the United States. These accidents occur when the front end of one car hits the rear end of another. Some doctors and personal injury attorneys call rear end collisions “whiplash accidents” because a whiplash type of spinal injury is a very common result of this type of accident.
Rear end collisions range from very minor to potentially deadly. However, a low speed rear end collision can cause enduring spinal injuries that leave the victim feeling store and stiff. When a driver is “rear-ended,” all of the energy from the rear car is transferred to the front car, which results in a sudden and powerful jolt. The torsos of the occupants of the “rear-ended” car are thrown forward by the jolt, but sometimes the occupants’ heads stay stationary when not firmly pressed against a headrest. Then, as the “rear-ended” car comes to a stop, the occupants’ heads are thrown forward. This quick sequence of events can lead to whiplash and other serious spinal injuries.
Rear end accidents often occur as a result of careless, inattentive, or distracted driving. If a driver takes his mind or eyes off of the road for just a few seconds, a sudden stop may catch him off guard, resulting in a rear end collision. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, drivers commonly talk on the phone, send text messages, eat and drink, groom, program navigation systems, and change the radio station while driving. These types of distracting behaviors lead to head on collisions, side impact collisions, and of course rear end accidents.
Florida law presumes that it is every driver’s duty to not hit the car in front of him. For that reason, the car that actually does the “rear-ending” is usually found to be at fault in a rear end accident. However, like most legal doctrines, there are exceptions to the rule. For example, if the “rear-ended” car creates a dangerous hazard that is impossible to avoid, then the “rear-ending” car may not be legally responsible for the accident.
Even if you were at fault for a rear end accident, or any other type of car accident, you may be entitled to compensation for health care benefits. Florida law requires all automobile insurance policies to carry a minimum amount of “no-fault” insurance for reasonable and necessary medical expenses. The purpose of this statewide requirement is ensure that those injured in car accidents can seek proper medical care, regardless of who is at fault for the accident.
The South Florida rear end accident attorneys at Anidjar & Levine work hard to zealously represent our clients. Our lawyers commonly represent individuals who were injured in rear end collisions, and we persevere to get great results for our clients.
If you were involved in a rear end collision, a free consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney can help you to weigh all of your legal options. Call Anidjar & Levine’s Fort Laurderdale office today at 800-747-3733.