If you’ve been involved in a rear-end collision, you know just the kind of damage they can cause. One minute you’re driving along, and the next, someone slams into your vehicle from behind. Now you’re left with a property damage and painful injuries. An experienced car accident attorney can help you get necessary medical treatment and seek compensation to cover the costs of your injuries.
Rear-end collisions are common and occur when one vehicle crashes into the back of another vehicle. Rear-end crashes are often caused by a negligent driver who is speeding, tailgating, driving while drowsy, intoxicated or distracted, or making unsafe lane changes. In other instances, brake failure may be the cause of a rear-end accident.
Rear-end collisions often cause neck and back injuries, most notably whiplash and herniated discs. Other injuries may occur if seatbelts or airbags deploy, or if the driver strikes the steering wheel, dashboard or windshield. And while some injuries are minor and may heal after a few weeks, other injuries may be serious or permanent. After any kind of accident, it’s important to seek prompt medical attention to ensure your injuries are treated properly. What may seem like a minor injury could be worse than you think.
If the accident was caused by driver negligence, the victim may take legal action against the negligent driver with a personal injury lawsuit. In the case of brake failure or other equipment malfunction, a products liability claim may be appropriate.
Usually, the driver that struck you from behind is at fault for a rear-end collision. However, sometimes a third vehicle may be involved; the vehicle behind the one that struck you may have actually caused the accident. Other times, the victim of the crash may be considered partially at fault. For example, if the victim stopped abruptly before the accident, they may be considered partially at fault which could limit the amount awarded to the victim as appropriate for his or her percentage of blame in the accident. This is called comparative negligence. The attorney handling your case can review the details of your accident and determine who may be held liable for your rear-end collision.
If you’ve suffered serious injuries due to an accident, you may seek compensation for medical bills, property damage and lost wages. Contact an experienced Tampa car accident attorney at the Capaz Law Firm now to discuss your case. We can help you seek medical treatment and get the fair compensation you deserve for your injuries. Call (813) 440-2700 for your free consultation.
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