Have you been injured in a rear-end accident in Ocala, FL? If your car accident was caused by the negligence of another driver, you may have a right to financial compensation in a personal injury claim.
The Ocala car accident attorneys at Allen Law Firm, P.A., have decades of experience handling car accident injury claims just like yours. Before you accept an insurance company offer to settle a claim, contact us to discuss your potential case.
How a Personal Injury Lawyer at Allen Law Firm, P.A. Can Help You
A rear-end accident occurs when the front-end of one vehicle collides with the rear-end of another vehicle that is stopped or traveling at a slower speed. This is the most common type of collision – rear end accidents occur every single day in Florida. Rear-end accidents are very often survivable but may result in long-lasting, extremely painful injuries.
Common scenarios for rear-end accidents include:
- Aggressive driving
- Sudden stops in traffic
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving
- Lane-merges into slower-moving lanes
- Brake lights not working.
A personal injury lawyer experienced in rear-end accident claims can help you hold the at-fault parties accountable for your injuries. Without a lawyer, it may be impossible to get fair compensation for your rear-end accident personal injury claim.
At Allen Law Firm, P.A., our staff includes current and former insurance claims managers and adjusters. Collectively, we have more than a century of experience – on both sides of the negotiating table.
We have a thorough understanding of the claims process, and how much flexibility adjusters have in negotiating claims. Our attorneys have a reputation as aggressive advocates for maximum compensation. We fight for maximum compensation for medical expenses, lost earnings, and pain and suffering. Call our law firm to get started with a free consultation today.
Where Do Rear-End Accidents Occur in Ocala?
According to The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there were 403,626 crashes in Florida in 2018, and 401,868 crashes in 2019. This comes out to more than 1,000 accidents each day. Rear-end accidents are the most common type of crash.
In Marion County, rear-end collisions occur often on all major roads, including:
- Interstate 75
- U.S. Highway 27
- U.S. Route 301
- U.S. Highway 441.
If you were involved in a rear-end car accident in Ocala, get medical attention right away. This is an important part of your claim documentation and will like the accident to your injury. As soon as possible, contact Allen Law Firm, P.A. to discuss your potential personal injury claim.
Who Is At Fault for a Rear-End Accident?
In almost all scenarios, the driver that strikes the car in front of them is determined to be at fault for an accident.
Two exceptions include:
- A driver’s vehicle’s wiring was faulty and their brake lights did not work
- A multi-vehicle or “chain reaction” accident where one vehicle pushes a vehicle into another vehicle.
As a driver, you have the responsibility to not follow so closely that they cannot avoid striking the car in front of it. Rear-end accidents sometimes involve multiple vehicles, when a car or truck pushes a second car into a third vehicle. In this situation, the driver that first struck the second vehicle would also be responsible for the collision into a third vehicle.
When you first started driving, you probably heard about the “three-second rule” which was a rule of thumb to give yourself adequate spacing. Florida’s Driver Handbook (Pg. 51) recommends that you keep at least four seconds following distance, and also increase following distance during heavy traffic or unfavorable weather or heavy traffic.
The guidance states that you should see a vehicle pass a fixed point, such as a sign or bridge, and if you count out the seconds (“one thousand and one, one thousand and two…”) that it takes you to reach the same location in the road, that should allow you to determine if you are far enough behind the car in front of you.
Common Types of Rear-End Accident Injuries
Even accidents occurring at slow speeds can cause serious damage. Rear-end accidents can cause all types of injuries:
- Muscle strains
- Ligament tears
- Neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Broken bones
Whiplash, technically a cervical strain, is the most common type of injury resulting from a car crash when the head is violently thrown forward and then backward. Whiplash is a type of “soft-tissue” injury. The skin is not broken, and bones are not broken, and there may be no swelling or visible bruising.
Insurance companies love to downplay this injury and offer car accident victims minimum compensation.
Get a Free Consultation with an Ocala Rear-End Accident Lawyer
If you’ve been rear-ended and injured, you deserve to be compensated. However, it may be impossible to recover fair compensation without a skilled and knowledgeable Ocala rear-end accident lawyer from Allen Law Firm P.A., representing you.
If you call us, we will provide a free consultation to answer your questions and explain your legal rights. If we represent you in a car accident personal injury claim, we will not charge any legal fees unless we recover money for you. Contact us today to arrange a phone or video consultation to discuss your case.