Legal Representation for Car Accident Victims
Rear-end collisions often result in physical injuries to drivers and passengers as well as property damage. At Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC, our Brooksville Florida Rear-End Collisions lawyers can help assert your claim to compensation if you were hurt in a rear-end crash. Our attorneys have over 50 years of combined legal counseling and advocacy experience. We offer knowledgeable guidance and legal representation to car accident victims and their families.
Florida Rear-End Collisions
Rear-end collisions occur when the front of one vehicle strikes the back of another vehicle. These accidents are most commonly caused by tailgating, distracted driving, and speeding. A driver who changes lanes unsafely also can cause a rear-end collision, which can be particularly dangerous when a truck is involved.
Nationwide and in Florida, rear-end collisions accounted for approximately six percent of car crash fatalities in 2011, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Although less deadly than head-on car accidents or T-bone collisions, rear-end crashes can lead to serious injuries. A rear-end collision victim is more likely to suffer neck and back injuries, such as whiplash and herniated discs. Lacerations or other disfiguring injuries can occur if a victim strikes the dashboard, steering wheel, or windshield. A victim also may sustain injuries from the seat belt and airbag deployment. While Florida is a no-fault insurance state, the minimum amount of insurance coverage it requires ($10,000) may not be enough to cover serious rear-end collision injuries.
Rear-End Car Crash Liability in Florida
Rear-end collisions are usually caused by a negligent driver. The victim may initiate a tort, or personal injury, action against the driver whom the victim believes is responsible for the accident.
The victim of a Florida car crash often must prove the defendant’s negligence to be compensated for injuries. Negligence is a failure to use the care that a reasonable person would exercise under similar circumstances. The victim must show that the defendant had a duty to exercise care, breached this duty, and caused the plaintiff’s injuries as a result.
Florida drivers must exercise care when they get behind the wheel. This duty of care includes the obligation to:
- Drive at or below the speed limit.
- Follow another vehicle only as close as is reasonable and prudent.
- Change lanes only when it is safe to do so.
The victim must demonstrate that the driver’s actions breached the duty of care. The breach must also have a causal connection to the victim’s injuries.
Multiple Defendants in Car Accidents
The driver behind you is usually at fault for a rear-end collision that injured you, but there are some exceptions. For example, a third vehicle may cause the driver behind you to strike your car. In some cases, the victim of a rear-end collision may have contributed to the crash by stopping abruptly, even if the driver behind them was speeding or tailgating. Under these circumstances, Florida courts would consider the negligence of everyone involved, including the victim. Once fault is apportioned, the victim can get damages from all other negligent parties, but only to the extent each party was at fault.
A rear-end collision victim can recover damages for serious injuries. Compensable damages can include medical and hospital care, property damage, and lost wages. If the crash was fatal, certain relatives of the victim may seek damages in a wrongful death suit and recover for their relative’s medical bills, funeral expenses, and loss of companionship. Florida requires that a victim file a personal injury claim within four years from the date of the crash, or two years in the case of wrongful death claims.
Legal Advocacy for Your Florida Car Accident Case
The Brooksvillel car accident attorneys at Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC can provide you with the legal advocacy you need to fight for compensation in your rear-end collision case. Our lawyers have represented car crash victims for decades. We are seasoned trial lawyers who can pursue a fair settlement for you and advocate for your rights in the courtroom. We work with clients in Brooksville, North Tampa, Lutz, Hillsborough, and other nearby communities. Call us at (866) 597-0009, or complete our online form to schedule a free initial consultation with one of our attorneys today.