Rear-End Accident Attorneys Serving Bradenton, Sarasota, Port Charlotte
Rear-end accidents are some of the most common types of auto accidents on Florida roadways. To the insurance company, they might seem like minor fender benders. But even a seemingly minor accident can result in a number of common rear-end accident injuries along with emotional and financial damage lasting years after a crash. Some rear-end crashes, especially ones involving tractor-trailers on I-75 and other major highways in Southwest Florida, can have devastating consequences.
At Farrow & Pulice, our experienced Sarasota rear-end accident lawyers understand that many rear-end collisions have been linked to distracted driving in recent years, especially texting while driving. Other times, a driver may be under the influence of alcohol or drugs and cause a drunk driving rear-end crash. No matter what the reason, you shouldn't have to suffer because of someone else's reckless driving.
How We Can Help After Your Rear-End Crash in Sarasota County or Charlotte County, FL
While no two crashes are the same, some causes of rear-end accidents are more common than others. Using the latest technology and research, our attorneys often consult with accident reconstructionists to determine what took place and who is at fault. Our lawyers review such factors as:
- Type and location of damage to both vehicles
- Skid marks that show brake application
- The direction both cars traveled
- Airbag deployment
- Nature of the injuries you and the other driver sustained
Our lawyers also analyze police reports, witness testimony, cell phone records and other evidence at the scene to determine whether distracted driving, drunk driving, speeding, reckless driving, unsafe lane changing, tailgating or poor weather conditions contributed to the auto accident. We consult top medical experts to help determine the true cost of your injuries to ensure you get the compensation you deserve.
Causes of Rear-End Accidents
The root cause of a rear-end collision is often attributed to the decisions made by the rear-most vehicle's driver. For example, a distracted driver may fail to notice the traffic in front slowing or stopping because he or she is texting while driving. In some cases, it may be because a speeding driver is unable to stop before hitting another vehicle. A truck or delivery van's brakes could fail and cause that vehicle to crash into your car.
Factors involved in a rear-end crash may include:
- Traffic slowing for road construction
- Traffic slowing due to poor visibility
- Driver distraction, such as operating a GPS or sending a text message
- Vehicle slowing to take a left turn across a two-lane road
- Cars slowing to turn into a parking lot
- Cars entering the roadway suddenly force a quick stop of car in front, with drivers behind not seeing the new car enter
In most rear-end collisions, the driver in the back vehicle typically is the responsible party at fault. In most cases, the automobile struck by another vehicle was stopped at a stop sign, a stop light or had slowed down or stopped in traffic or at a construction zone. However, the rear-ending motorist can have a case if there was no other way to avoid hitting the car in front of him or her. In other cases, the vehicle that is rear-ended may have malfunctioning taillights.
Some drivers who cause rear-end accidents may try to place the blame on you. They will claim that you did something to cause the accident. Their insurance company may even support them in their fight with you. That's why you need an experienced Sarasota rear end accident lawyer on your side, fighting for your rights. At Farrow & Pulice, our experienced rear-end accident lawyers are ready to protect your rights.
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Common Rear-End Crash Injuries
When you are hit from behind, your body is thrown forward. When your head is thrown forward fast due to a car slamming into the back of your car, your neck and head can sustain very serious injuries. The types of injuries you sustain and their severity depend on how fast the driver was traveling, the angle of impact and the weight and size of the two automobiles. Even at slower speeds, the force of impact can cause serious and long-lasting injuries, including:
- Whiplash caused by your head being thrust forward and back
- Herniated cervical and lumbar disks from the violent jolt to your neck and torso
- Wrist fracture as you brace yourself against the steering wheel
- Head injuries or brain trauma from hitting your head on the dashboard
- Bruised or broken ribs from the seatbelt and airbags
At Farrow & Pulice, we strongly urge all rear-end accident victims to seek medical attention immediately after an accident. That's because some accident-related injuries may not become apparent until days or weeks after your accident. Insurance companies are quick to assume that rear-end crashes yield only minor injuries. They may even try to pressure you to settle for a "low ball" dollar figure before the true long-term extent of your injuries is known.
Let Farrow & Pulice Protect Your Rights - Free Consultation and Pay Nothing Unless We Win
To learn more about how we can help after you were injured or a loved one was killed in a rear-end accident, call Farrow & Pulice, P.A. at 866-408-1220 or contact our firm online to schedule a free case consultation. Our car accident law firm has offices in Sarasota, Bradenton, Venice, Englewood, Lakewood Ranch and Port Charlotte that are centrally located to major hospitals for your convenience.