Whether you’re in Tampa, Florida, or any other place in the country, the most common type of car accident is the rear end collision. Usually, the accident victim is sitting in their car and the car is stopped waiting for a stop light, a stop sign, or traffic. A negligent driver fails to recognize traffic ahead has stopped or slowed and slams into the back of the auto ahead.
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Florida law presumes the driver of the automobile that failed to stop was negligent in causing the car accident. Basically that means the rear end driver will be held responsible for causing the accident unless he or she can prove the car in front did something wrong. Simply stopping short is usually not enough. Circumstances that have overcome the presumption usually involve evidence that the lead car cut in front of the rear car at the last minute with not enough space between vehicles.