When someone has been in a rear end auto accident as the result of reckless or negligent driving, it can be difficult for them to know the best action to take to ensure that they are fairly compensated. Many are quick to accept whatever settlement is offered to them by the involved insurance company. However, this is not usually in the best interest of the accident victim. Rear end auto accidents can result in significant property damage and personal injury, both of which can result in serious financial ramifications. Until any injury treatment is complete and all damages have been properly assessed, it is not possible to determine a fair and proper settlement. At Joe Horrox Law, our Deltona auto accident attorneys are experienced in rear end collisions, and we work hard to ensure that all appropriate information is gathered so that we can fight for a maximum settlement for our clients.
Causes of Rear End Accidents
A rear end auto accident, which is the most common type of vehicle collision, is one in which the front end of one vehicle strikes the back of another vehicle. Although it is not always the case, in the majority of rear end accidents, the driver who strikes the back of another vehicle is considered at fault for the accident. Below are some driving practices that commonly lead to rear end accidents:
- Keeping an unsafe distance between cars
- Making sudden/unsafe lane changes
- Distracted driving (texting while driving, talking on the phone, playing with the radio, etc.)
- Driving under the influence
Other factors that may play a role in the cause of rear end accidents include poor weather, unsafe road conditions, or a vehicle defect (particularly faulty brakes).
Rear End Damages
A rear end accident often results in significant damages. In most cases, there is severe damage to the back end of the vehicle that has been struck (and possibly the front end, if the car is pushed into another vehicle). This can lead to costly repairs, or, in extreme cases, a complete totaling of the car. Unfortunately, property damage is not always the only result of a rear end accident. In many cases, the driver and/or passengers of involved vehicles suffer from personal injury. Types of injury that commonly result from a rear end collision include the following:
- Whiplash or other neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Injuries to the face or head (particularly if the air bag deploys)
- Injuries to the hands or wrists
If another driver is at fault for a rear end accident, their insurance company is likely to offer a quick settlement. However, injuries from rear end accidents may take several days to take effect and it can take even longer to determine the full extent of the injury, which is why we recommend that our clients do not rush to accept an offered settlement, but instead consult an experienced attorney such as those at Joe Horrox Law. Our attorneys will methodically build a case that will help to ensure that our clients receive maximum financial compensation for damages suffered.
Schedule a Consultation
If you have been involved in a rear end accident and have questions about your legal rights, schedule a consultation with attorney Joe Horrox at your earliest convenience. Joe Horrox is happy to answer any questions you may have and guide you through your legal options for collecting just compensation for damages suffered. We look forward to hearing from you.