Rear Impact Car Accidents
As Miami car accident attorneys we notice that a great number of the accidents that occur are rear impacts. You have been involved in a rear impact accident if you hit someone from behind, or if you are hit from behind. This often occurs when someone has failed to brake in time. The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety has stated that nearly 1/3 of all multiple car accidents are rear-impact collisions. The damage from these types of accidents can range from a tap to significant destruction to your property and personal injury.
Rear-impact crashes can result in injuries to the back and neck such as whiplash, broken bones, internal damage, spinal cord injuries, and in some cases, even death. The parties involved may require expensive hospital stays, rehabilitative therapy, medication, and loss of income. Even car accident victims involved in rear-end crashes that appear to have no injuries and refuse medical treatment at the scene of the accident can suffer serious injuries that may take weeks or months to surface. With the increased use of cell phones and other distractive features being added to automobiles, it is reasonable to expect the occurrence of these types of collisions to rise.
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles reported that in 2009, in Miami-Dade County alone there were 42,244 vehicle crashes resulting in 260 fatalities. That means that every day roughly 116 automobile crashes occur in Miami. If you are injured in a South Florida car accident, or you have lost a family member to an accident, a lawyer can help you ensure that the responsible parties are held accountable. At DRG Firm, we handle all types of rear impact injury cases, including claims for personal injury, wrongful death, property damage, and mental suffering.
Generally the driver of the car in back is responsible when a rear impact collision occurs because Florida law requires drivers to remain a safe distance from the vehicle in front them. However, determining liability relies on a variety of factors and rear impact crashes may not be so clear cut. There have been several cases where the driver who was rear-ended was found liable for the accident. You may need an attorney to represent you and make certain you are treated fairly during the settlement process.
If you are involved in a rear impact collision in Miami it is important to remember that the insurance companies may not want to pay you what you deserve even if it is obvious that the other driver was at fault. An insurance company may argue that because there was a small amount of damage to the car there was little or no injury to the occupant. However, the South Florida attorneys at DRG Firm know that this is not the case. Although, cars are designed to absorb the shock of an accident, people are not. Even minor rear-end collisions that do not result in significant damage to a vehicle can result in serious injury to the parties involved.
If a car insurance company is trying to avoid paying what you are owed for your injury an attorney can help protect your rights. The Miami personal injury attorneys at DRG Firm can deal directly with your insurer, help you prove fault, gather evidence, or file a car accident lawsuit.
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If you were involved in a rear impact collision and an insurance company denied, undervalued, or ignored your claim please call DRG Firm. Our attorneys are available 24/7. Please give us a call at 1.888.413.8353.