The impact of a rear-end collision can have far-reaching effects on how you spend time with your family, make a living, and pursue recreational activities. After suffering injuries from a collision you did not cause, with Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers, you have legal options when it comes to pursuing financial recovery for your accident-related expenses.
Should your case be successful, either in or out of court, you may be able to recover the cost of:
- Present and future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering and inconvenience
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Psychological trauma
A West Palm Beach rear-end collisions lawyer can help protect your rights by pursuing the liable party for your damages. Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers fights for car accident victims throughout the state of Florida. Our goal is to get you compensated for the economic and noneconomic damages associated with the collision in question.
To speak with a member of our team today and receive a free, no-obligation case evaluation, call us at (561) 899-5020.
Injuries in a Rear-End Collision
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), rear-end collisions are the most common type of collision nationwide. The severity of these accidents can range from minor to severe, depending on the speed of the impact and the sizes of the vehicles involved.
Some injuries sustained by rear-end collisions include:
According to Mayo Clinic, whiplash is a specific injury to the cervical spine that results from the head getting jerked back and forth in a fast and violent motion, leading to damage to the vertebrae and surrounding ligaments. It is a common injury in rear-end collisions, as the force of the impact from behind can throw the head into a motion that leads to whiplash.
Head and Back Injuries
Head injuries may result from the driver’s head hitting against an interior surface of the vehicle, such as the steering wheel or dashboard. The driver may suffer back injuries if their head or torso is thrown into an unnatural and violent motion.
Broken or Fractured Bones
Broken or fractured bones can result from a severe collision. Depending on the severity of your injury, you may have had to undergo a corrective procedure or stabilization method that reduced your mobility. If this was a reality in your situation, we can factor the associated costs into the value of your claim.
Cuts and Lacerations
A driver or passenger in a rear-end collision may suffer cuts from shards of glass or from the jagged edge of an interior surface. If your cuts left you with permanent disfigurements, this is considered a noneconomic damage and can be estimated based on your subsequent quality of life.
Like broken bones, internal bleeding can occur anytime a person is subjected to a violent impact or collision. Sometimes, symptoms relating to internal bleeding do not manifest immediately following an accident. For that reason, you should always seek prompt medical attention after a collision to safeguard your health and wellbeing.
Why Rear-End Collisions Happen
Rear-end collisions can happen for a number of reasons. Your West Palm Beach rear-end collisions lawyer will need to gather and review the evidence in your case to determine how the crash occurred.
Some possible reasons for your accident could include:
Being Followed Too Closely
A safe following distance is one car length for every 10 miles per hour of speed. So, if you are going 55 miles per hour, you should be five-and-a-half car lengths from the vehicle in front of you. Rear-end collisions can result when a driver encroaches on this following distance, giving themselves less time to stop in the event of a sudden change in traffic.
Research from the NHTSA reports that distracted driving is present in anywhere from 10% to 50% of all collisions. If another motorist was found to be texting or engaged in another form of distracted driving, they could be held financially responsible for the collision.
Drunk driving slows reflex time and impairs depth perception, two effects that vastly increase one’s chances of being involved in a rear-end collision. Even if the motorist that rear-ended you is charged with a crime, you still have the ability to pursue compensation for your injuries and related losses.
Determining Fault in a Rear-End Collision
The old driving adage is that the back driver is always at fault for a rear-end collision. This may or may not be true in your situation. Your West Palm Beach rear-end collisions lawyer will work to determine how your accident occurred, and from there, assign liability. Depending on the details of your situation, multiple parties could be held responsible for your damages.
They could include:
- The motorist who struck you from behind
- Another motorist who forced you to brake suddenly
- The manufacturer of your vehicle, if a faulty component contributed to the crash
- A government municipality responsible for a roadway’s maintenance
At Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers, we understand that every case is different, and the party responsible for your losses may not be listed here. To learn more about how we determine fault in a rear-end accident, call us today at (561) 899-5020.
Call Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers Today
Our team wants to get started on your case as soon as we can. The reason for this is because, under Florida Statute § 95.11, you only have four years from the date of the collision to file a lawsuit against the party responsible for your injuries. If you are filing a wrongful death claim on behalf of a late loved one, under the same statute, you have two years from the date of their passing to do so.
The West Palm Beach rear-end collisions lawyers at Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers will fight to recover compensation from the at-fault party in your rear-end accident. We strive to provide honest, compassionate representation to each and every one of our clients. While you recover from your injuries, let us take care of everything else.
Call us today for a free consultation at (561) 899-5020.