Rear-End Collision Injuries and How You Can Recover Compensation
Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes Personal Injury Lawyers | Car Accident
Most car accidents are pretty shocking. You’re just going about your day when suddenly – WHAM. Different types of car accidents bring different types of injuries, and rear-end collisions can cause some serious damage.
Here’s an overview of common rear-end collision injuries and how you can recover compensation when another driver slams into you from behind.
How Common Are Rear-End Collisions?
If you’ve been involved in a rear-end collision, it might surprise you to learn that you’re in the majority. A rear-end collision is the most common type of car accident in the U.S.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that rear-end collisions account for around 29% of all motor vehicle accidents each year, making this the most frequent type of motor vehicle crash.
In most of these crashes, the vehicle in front was stopped or moving slowly — usually due to red lights, stop signs, and congested traffic.
Common Rear-End Collision Injuries
You might think that since rear-end collisions usually happen in slow or stopped traffic, they’re less dangerous than other types of accidents. However, the reality is that rear-end collisions can be as dangerous as accidents that occur at higher speeds.
Data shows that rear-end collisions have a fatality rate of around 7.1%. When the outcome isn’t deadly, it’s still quite common for occupants to be seriously injured.
Some of the most common injuries that come out of a rear-end collision include:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Herniated discs
- Compression fractures
- Knee injuries
- Cuts and gashes
Even cuts and gashes, which sound like the most benign form of injury, can lead to stitches, surgery, scarring, disfigurement, and chronic pain.
Most of the other conditions listed above are serious injuries. In addition to consequences like chronic pain and high medical expenses, these injuries often have a long-term impact on areas like earning ability and quality of life.
What Compensation Can I Obtain After a Rear-End Collision?
Compensation for a rear-end collision is meant to reimburse you for the damages you experience after the accident.
You can gain compensation for losses like medical bills and lost wages. You can also seek payment for non-economic damages like reduced quality of life after an injury permanently alters your life.
Who Pays for Damages in a Rear-End Collision?
Florida law specifies that the driver in the rear is responsible for paying attention to the speed of the vehicle ahead, making that driver more likely to be found negligent. So, drivers in the rear are most commonly at-fault for rear-end accidents.
Florida observes no-fault insurance. No-fault insurance covers your damages after car accident, regardless of who was at fault. Your primary recourse for compensation will be your no-fault insurance. In fact, you can only sue the at-fault driver if you suffered serious injuries or your damages exceed your insurance coverage limits.
As you can see, it takes deep knowledge of a state’s laws on insurance and negligence to get a car accident victim the compensation they deserve. Working with an experienced car accident attorney is the best way to ensure you receive money for your injuries and financial losses.
Contact a personal injury lawyer for help after your rear-end accident. Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes offers free consultations to all potential clients.
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