Rear-end collisions are the leading type automobile accidents. According to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a rear end accident occurs every 8 seconds in the US. There are on average 5.5 to 6.0 million accidents a year and, of those, approximately 2.5 million are rear collision accidents. Rear-end accidents are often so unexpected and can be life changing. What’s worse is they are almost always completely avoidable. We assist drivers or passengers in vehicles who were hit from behind by another negligent driver. If you were rear ended and are in pain, contact the lawyers at The Ruth Law Team at 888-783-8378. Not only can we fight to get you compensated for any injuries you sustained, but we also can assist in working with the other driver’s insurance company to get your car repaired as quickly as possible.
What To Do If You Were In a Rear-End Accident
If you were unexpectedly hit by another driver while at a stoplight or driving down the road, we recommend you do the following:
- If you’re able, pull over to a safe space.
- Call 911 if you’re injured. Even if you feel you aren’t injured, call police to come out and make a police report for the accident.
- Don’t comment to the other driver about whether or not you are injured.
- Gather the other driver’s insurance, license plate, and ID. Take photos of damage to both vehicles.
- If you are physically hurting in any way, seek medical treatment immediately. It is very important to immediately address any potential injuries so they do not worsen. It is also very important for a physician to document your injuries in the event you decide to file an injury claim.
- Call an attorney who handles rear-end accidents often. He or she can advise you of your rights, assist with your property damage claim, and fight the insurance company on your behalf to get you compensated for your injuries. Our attorneys can be reached at 888-783-8378.
Common Injuries in Rear-End Collisions
In the US, 80 percent of all neck injuries treated by medical staff are caused by automobile collisions. Of those 80 percent of neck injuries, around 85 percent are caused by rear end collisions. Whiplash is a very common injury for those who were hit from behind often experience injuries. It occurs when your head is thrown back and forth, as is common during a rear-end collision. This causes strain to the neck and the area around it. Whiplash symptoms do not always appear immediately; pain, swelling and stiffness can take 24 hours or more to appear. Head injuries are also common after an accident of this nature due to the victim’s head striking the steering wheel, windshield or window. If your back, shoulders, neck, head or other parts of your body are aching after an accident, seek immediate medical attention.
In Florida, the person who rear-ends another driver is nearly always found at fault for the accident, with some exceptions. Rear-end accidents are very common due to negligence behind the wheel, and they are also almost always completely avoidable. Texting, talking on the phone and fiddling with the radio or GPS are often the reason behind these collisions.
Strategies to prevent causing or becoming a victim of a rear end collision:
- Stay alert. With common distractions occurring in the cab of a vehicle, this is one of the easiest aspects to overlook. Paying attention to the flow of traffic in front of you and behind you is absolutely essential.
- Use the 4 second rule. Once a vehicle in front of you passes an object, count to 4 seconds. To keep safe distance behind the car in front of you, your vehicle should be passing that same object by the time you reach 4 seconds.
- Brake early. Braking early and tapping the brake pedal helps to alert the driver behind you that you’re stopping. Not only does last minute or sudden stopping consume fuel at a higher rate, it also reduces the time the driver behind you has to react.
- Always use your turn signal. This alerts drivers both in front and behind you of your intentions.
- Don’t tailgate, and don’t let other drivers tailgate you.
- And finally, use your mirrors.
To avoid rear-ending someone else, allow plenty of room between you and the driver in front of you, and keep your eyes on the road. Always ensure you have enough time to react to the person in front of you slamming on his or her brakes. A good rule of thumb is to allow at least three seconds of space between you and the vehicle in front of you.
How Much Is a Rear-End Accident Worth?
Clients often ask us how much their settlement will be after a crash, and unfortunately we cannot give them a definitive answer until the conclusion of the case. Settlements vary greatly based on many different factors such as the severity of the accident, what injuries were sustained, how much continued medical treatment is needed, and how much insurance coverage there is available. We will fight for fair compensation for your injuries, and if the insurance company won’t offer a fair settlement, we will file a lawsuit on your behalf. While most cases don’t go to trial, we are ready to bring your case to the courtroom if necessary. Our trial team is led by a Board Certified Trial Attorney Eric Roslansky, who has won many successful verdicts on behalf of his clients. Of course, while we can’t tell you exactly how much your case is worth, we promise to keep you updated at every critical stage of the case and welcome any questions you have.
If you were involved in a rear-end collision by a driver who wasn’t paying attention, call The Ruth Law Team. Our experience and dedication to work has brought us continued success on our clients’ behalf for more than 35 years. We don’t get paid unless we make a recovery against the insurance company for you. That means we promise never to send you an hourly bill for our time or work that we dedicate to your case. Your call is free, so contact a car accident lawyer who has the experience needed to fight for your rights. We represent victims of injury and fatal accidents. You can reach us now, 24/7, by filling out the form to the right of this page or by calling 888-783-8378.