Rear-end collisions are some of the most common types of car accidents on the roads today. These types of accidents occur when the front end of an automobile hits the back of the car in front of it. Although many of these collisions happen at relatively low speeds, the impact can still cause serious bodily injury to the occupants. Our attorneys know that not all rear-end collisions occur at low speeds. The Miami, Fl Car Accident Lawyers at Hannon Legal Group have represented victims of high speed, highway rear-end collisions where the injuries were truly catastrophic in nature.
There are many reasons that rear-end crashes occur. The most common cause is driver inattentiveness or distraction whether due to reading text messages, talking on a cell phone, conversation/ argument with a passenger, checking e-mail, use of navigation system or radio. Tailgating and racing can also result in a rear-end collision among other negligent acts or omissions.
Injuries most commonly associated with low-speed rear-end collisions include damage to the soft tissues of the body such as sprains or strains to the muscles supporting the spinal cord, injuries to the inter-vertebral discs (Herniated disc or HNP), spinal cord injuries and closed head injuries, which can result in a traumatic brain injury (TBI) / brain damage and permanent disability. When the accident is the result of a high speed impact to the rear, the injuries are often very serious and even fatal. They can include spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, burn injury, fractures, amputation, nerve damage, herniated disc and even death.
The injuries sustained in a car accident almost always lead the injured victim seek medical treatment and they sometimes end up being victimized yet again - by medical malpractice.
Because the injuries caused by this type of accident are often severe, it is important to retain an experienced Miami, Fl. car accident attorney to ensure that your legal rights are protected. Our attorneys, at Hannon Legal Group, have extensive experience in litigating serious personal injury and wrongful death claims resulting from car accidents throughout the state of Florida.
When the resulting injuries are to the soft tissues, they are not usually visible from the surface of the skin or on x-rays, insurance companies will often try to deny that rear-end accident victims have suffered any injury at all, although these injuries are very real. For this reason, it is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible if you have been hurt in a rear-end collision.
Victims of rear-end collisions may be able to receive compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and disability.
Florida Presumption of Fault
Most drivers are aware of the Florida presumption that the driver who rear-ends another vehicle is solely at fault for causing the accident. However, the law also allows the negligent driver to rebut or disprove this presumption by showing that the crash was not caused solely by his or her negligence. If the driver is successful, this can reduce the amount of damages that the victim of a rear-end collision receives. It is therefore imperative to consult with an attorney who is experienced in dealing with these issues and understands the tactics that the negligent party’s insurance company may adopt in defending a rear-end collision lawsuit.
The Miami, Florida car accident attorneys at Hannon Legal Group have many years of experience litigating complex automobile accident cases all over Florida. Our team of Miami car accident attorneys will fight tirelessly to enforce your legal rights and ensure that you receive the maximum amount of compensation for your injuries. Contact us today for a free consultation or call (866) 835-6872 to speak with an attorney.