On America’s roads, there are approximately 1.7 million rear-end collisions every year. Within those, 500,000 people are hurt and an additional 1,700 people die. These common road accidents are dangerous for everyone and can result in enormous expenses for every party involved.
Auto accident attorney Brian Hoag of Hoag Law Firm, P.A., has been practicing personal injury law in St. Petersburg, Florida, for more than 15 years and has demonstrated persistence and competence in the pursuit of compensation of those who’ve been injured. Here’s what you need to know about rear-end accidents, who’s typically held responsible, damages you can be reimbursed for, and more.
Who’s At Fault in a Florida Rear-End Collision?
These crashes occur when one car crashes into the back of another. Common causes of these collisions include tailgating, distracted driving, intoxication, dangerous weather conditions, fatigue, and reckless driving.
In Florida, it’s prohibited to follow other vehicles too closely, and it’s often assumed that the “rear driver” is the party responsible for the accident. On the contrary, it could be possible that the driver who was hit by another car, or the “front driver,” could be the person at fault under certain circumstances.
If You’re the Rear Driver
In some instances, you may have crashed into someone from behind because they weren’t driving with caution or with common sense. The collision may not be your fault as long as the front driver:
- Reversed suddenly without a chance for you to get out of their way
- Stopped suddenly to make a turn and didn’t follow through with it
- Had malfunctioning brake lights or turn signals, thus giving you less time to react
- Maneuvered recklessly through traffic and cut you off
- Merged into traffic but couldn't reach the traffic’s speed in a reasonable time frame
- Got a flat tire but failed to pull over to the side of the road
In any situation, call an attorney today to evaluate your case. You may be surprised what Attorney Brian M. Hoag discovers. Brian has extensive experience with personal injury clients, especially those who have been involved in rear-end or other road accidents, so he knows what to look for when evaluating a case.