Rear-end accidents can cause severe injuries and costly property damage. If you or a loved one was injured in a rear-end car accident, you may be able to recover compensation through a personal injury claim.
A Clearwater rear-end collision lawyer from Distasio Law Firm can help you file a claim and pursue compensation for all of your damages. Call our office today for a free case evaluation with a dedicated car crash attorney.
Injuries Common in Rear-End Accidents
Being involved in a rear-end collision is a frightening ordeal to experience. You may have been simply minding your own business when someone struck your vehicle from behind. Once the shock of the situation wore off, you may have realized that you were injured. Now you may be facing expensive hospital bills and ongoing medical expenses in addition to the other costs you incurred in the accident.
Neck and Spine Injuries
Back-end accidents often cause injuries to the neck and spine. These injuries are difficult to diagnose and may be invisible from the outside of the body. However, these can also be some of the most painful types of car accident injuries. Even a low-speed rear-end accident can cause painful, debilitating spine and neck injuries. Whiplash, herniated discs, compression fractures, and other spine injuries may all occur in a rear-end accident.
When a car accident victim’s head strikes the steering wheel or another object during an accident, they may suffer a concussion and other traumatic brain injuries. According to the Mayo Clinic, brain injuries can cause:
- Slurred speech
- Sleeping difficulties
- Problems with memory and concentration
- Depression and anxiety
- Many other incapacitating symptoms
Lacerations and Contusions
One of the most common types of injuries in a rear-end accident is cuts and bruising. In some cases, these injuries occur from contact with the airbag. Cuts to the face can lead to disfiguring scars that last years or even the rest of someone’s life. Some lacerations are so deep that they damage veins, arteries, or tendons. These types of lacerations may require surgical intervention.
Broken arms, legs, ribs, and other types of breaks may occur in a rear-end accident. These injuries may prevent the injured person from working, maintaining their home, taking care of their children, or even completing everyday tasks like cooking and cleaning.
Through a personal injury claim, you may seek compensation for x-rays and other medical treatment needed to diagnose and treat broken bones. You may also receive compensation for your lost wages due to missed work and other expenses.
A rear-end accident causes painful injuries that require significant medical care. After a serious auto accident, your focus should be on resting and recovering from the traumatic experience. Let an experienced Clearwater rear-end collision attorney from Distasio Law Firm handle your case on your behalf.
Driver Negligence Can Lead to Painful Injuries in a Rear-End Collision
Backside crashes can happen for a number of reasons. Distracted driving is becoming a bigger problem in Florida and throughout the United States. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) reports that there were nearly 50,000 distracted driving accidents in Florida in 2016. That number represents a 26 percent increase from the number of distracted driving accidents in 2013.
Drivers who are texting and driving or are otherwise distracted may not know that the vehicle in front of them has stopped. Drunk driving, driving under the influence of drugs, driver fatigue, and many other issues may lead to rear-end accidents, as well.
Seeking Compensation for Your Damages
The term “damages” refers to the losses incurred in a collision or similar incident. You may be eligible to collect compensation for your damages. You could receive compensation for:
- Medical expenses, including past medical bills and future estimated medical costs
- Mental health treatment
- Lost wages from time off of work
- Impairment to your earning capacity
- Damage to your vehicle and personal property in the vehicle
- Physical pain
- Mental suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
The amount of compensation you may qualify for after a rear-end accident depends on the type of injuries you sustained, how long those injuries will take to heal, the effect the injuries have on your everyday life, and the cost of treating the injuries.
A Clearwater Back-End Crash Lawyer Can Help
If you are interested in seeking compensation after a rear-end accident, Distasio Law Firm can help. Our team of skilled backside wreck lawyers in Clearwater understand what it takes to obtain a satisfactory settlement or award for an injured client. We are committed to helping you every step of the way. Specifically, our firm is prepared to:
- Speak to you about your legal options and help you decide on the best course of action
- Keep you informed about updates and changes to your case as it develops
- Calculate the type and amount of damages you sustained in the accident
- Pursue compensation for all of your damages
- Negotiate with the at-fault driver’s insurance company on your behalf
- Gather evidence, such as eyewitness statements, dash camera video, police reports, and forensic evidence such as vehicle damage and skid marks and use the evidence to strengthen your claim
- Consult professionals such as accident reconstructionists
- File a lawsuit and advocate for your best interests in court if an out-of-court settlement is not reachable
Deadlines for Filing a Lawsuit After a Backside Collision
The statute of limitations for injury lawsuits in Florida is two years and for death lawsuits is 2 years. If you do not file your lawsuit within this time period, you may be unable to recover compensation for your damages, per the Florida Statutes §95.11.
Contact a Clearwater Rear-End Collision Attorney for a Free Evaluation
If you or a loved one was hurt in a rear-end car accident, you may be unsure of what your legal rights are. If another driver’s negligent actions caused your accident and you suffered damages, you have the right to seek compensation for those damages.
A Clearwater rear-end collision lawyer from Distasio Law Firm can help you file an injury claim and pursue compensation after a rear-end car accident.
Call us today and receive a free case evaluation. This no-obligation consultation is confidential and at no cost to you.