Rear-end crashes, even fender benders, are common. As the name would suggest, this type of accident happens when the front of one car hits the backside of another. Unfortunately, even a small rear-end crash can cause injuries to the people involved. More severe crashes could leave motorists with catastrophic and lifelong injuries. Luckily, when such an accident happens, injured people have rights under the law to help them hold the responsible parties accountable for their harm.

When you or a loved one are involved in a rear-end car crash caused by negligent drivers, you are entitled to monetary compensation to fix and make up for your injuries and losses. Understanding state and local laws is complicated, and adhering to legal deadlines while you have unexpected bills to pay can be exhausting. However, there are trained legal professionals who could assist you and explain every step of the process. Reaching out to a seasoned automobile accident attorney from Dannheisser Injury Law who has experience handling claims involving rear end-car accidents in Sarasota is the first step to take.

Local Laws Regarding Rear-End Collisions

Some states, including Florida, are governed by no-fault statutes, also known as personal injury protection statutes, which provide the injured party’s insurance carrier to cover initial medical expenses and wage losses prior to the court adjudicating the fault of the at-fault driver. In contrast to states without no-fault statutes where the injured persons must pursue the at-fault party’s insurance for these initial benefits, in Florida the benefits are available without proving who was at fault for the accident.

All motorists have a duty of care to operate and drive their vehicles in a reasonably safe manner so as to protect other drivers, passengers, and pedestrians from injury. To prove a negligence case, it must be shown that the driver breached that duty, directly causing injuries to another person. Under Florida law there exists a presumption that a driver causing a rear end crash is negligent, but this presumption is rebuttable meeting that the at fault party can attempt to avoid liability by arguing, for example, that the injured parties stopped short or was driving without functional taillights and turn signals.

Rear-end accidents occur for many reasons, but some common ones include:

  • Traffic congestion
  • Distracted driving
  • Failing to notice the front car’s turn signals

When you experience a rear-end car crash because of a negligent driver in Sarasota, you should contact an experienced attorney from Dannheisser Injury Law immediately.

Pursuing Compensation for a Rear-End Crash

Florida has a comparative negligence standard. This means, based on the case and evidence presented, the jury or judge could conclude that multiple parties were responsible for the accident and then assign each a percentage of fault. For example, an injured party could be partially responsible for the crash if they stopped suddenly, drove too slow, or did not have their car lights on. The amount of liability an injured motorist holds for their own losses directly impacts the amount of damages they are eligible to receive. To pursue the maximum compensation possible, our seasoned Sarasota attorneys can work with you tirelessly to take charge of your rear-end car accident case.

Call Our Team Today About Your Sarasota Rear-End Car Crash

Insurance companies are often resistant to paying injured people the full amount of monetary compensation they deserve. It could be frustrating to deal with them on your own. Fortunately, you do not have to. At Dannheisser Injury Law, our attorneys have direct experience with handling rear-end car accidents in Sarasota, and we will take care of developing your unique legal strategies in helping you recover the monies you need to fix and makeup for the injuries and losses that you have suffered. Our team is happy to meet with you individually to develop the best strategy for you. Contact us today to discuss your case.

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