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Rear-End Accidents in Florida​Cars involved in a rear end accident

Have you or a family member been injured in a rear end accident? A rear end accident is when the front end of one vehicle hits the back of the vehicle in front of them. Rear end collisions are among some of the most common motor vehicle accidents that occur throughout the U.S. The consequences of a rear end accident can range from minor injuries to potential loss of life, depending on how fast the driver was going and other characteristics of the accident.

When you are rear ended by the person behind you, all the energy and momentum from the rear vehicle is transferred into your car which can forcefully jolt you forward. This jolting movement is typically what causes the majority of injuries in rear end accidents. If you or someone you loved has been injured in a rear-end accident, speak with a Fort Myers car accident attorney from Pittman Law Firm, P.L. today.

Common Injuries in Rear-End Accidents

Rear end collisions are also referred to as "whiplash accidents" because whiplash is a very common injury in motor vehicle accidents of this nature. When the momentum of the rear vehicle makes impact with the vehicle in front and all that momentum jolts the passengers' heads forward, this quick sequence of events is what typically causes whiplash and other serious injuries. The most common injuries that are sustained in rear end accidents include:

  • Whiplash- Neck sprain
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Pinched nerves
  • Head injuries
  • Shoulder injuries
  • Knee injuries
  • Broken legs
  • Arm injuries
  • Herniated discs

You may think that a simple case of whiplash does not require going to the doctor. However, whiplash could entail damaged neck muscles, connective tissue or ligaments and it could lead to severe consequences if you do not seek medical attention. With whiplash, victims don't tend to feel the pain and symptoms right away, sometimes the stiffness does not hit you till the next morning. If you are not wearing their seatbelts when they are rear-ended, then you could be thrown through the windshield and sustain life-threatening injuries.

Who is at fault for the accident?

In past years, Florida drivers who are in the rear vehicle were always assumed to be at fault for the incident. However, there has recently been a change in Florida law that allows evidence to be brought forward proving front driver fault or negligence in rear-end accidents. This means that the other driver could try to put some of the blame on you for the accident. If you were rear ended by a negligent or distracted driver, it is vital that you retain an experienced car accident lawyer to protect you from possible liability. If you are accused of being partially at fault for the accident, we can work to discredit the evidence brought against you. When our firm is successful in proving the fault of the rear-driver, we can seek the full compensation that you are legally entitled to.

Accident Attorney in Fort Myers, FL

Looking for an attorney for a rear-end accident in Fort Myers? All it takes is a few seconds for the rear driver to take their eyes off the road and the next thing you know you feel a forceful impact. If the driver behind you was not paying attention, texting and driving, talking on the phone, grooming, eating or drinking or being otherwise negligent, then we can help you hold them accountable for paying for the damages.

Here at Pittman Law Firm, P.L. we have a team of experienced car accident attorneys and we have been serving Florida families for over 20 years. Searching for a lawyer for your auto accident case in Fort Myers? Contact our firm today to speak with a Fort Myers car accident attorney. We'll schedule a free case evaluation and go after the restitution you are legally entitled to!

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