Rear-End Collision Attorney in St. Petersburg, Florida

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.

Injured in a Car Accident?

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Common Injuries Associated with Rear-End Accidents

Depending on the severity of the crash, you could walk away with anything from minor soreness to major spinal cord injuries. The most common injury those who have been hit from behind suffer from is whiplash, which involves a jolting motion of the body that can send your head forward quickly, causing soft tissue damage in your neck or upper back. 

Other possible injuries include spinal fractures, slipped discs, and spinal cord injuries. Regardless of how severe you think your injury is — or even if you don’t think you’ve been injured at all — you should go to the doctor to make sure your body is healthy. Some injuries from car crashes don’t show symptoms until later in life; at that point, it would be much more difficult to track down the other driver and prove that they were the cause.

Reliable Legal Guidance in St. Petersburg, Florida

When you’ve been involved in an accident that could have been easily avoidable if the other driver was properly following driving laws, you may be entitled to compensation. In the event of even the most minor collisions, you could be facing thousands of dollars in car repair costs, medical bills, and lost wages given you are not healthy enough to go back to work.

Seek Financial Resolve with the Help of An Attorney

Attorney Brian M. Hoag has practiced car accidents and personal injury law since 2004. If you’re not sure how you’re going to be able to pay for your car accident expenses, call Brian to help you fight for fair compensation. He serves the entire St. Petersburg and Tampa, Florida area, including Land O’ Lakes, Bradenton, and Clearwater. Schedule a free case evaluation now.