Rear-end collisions in Florida are extremely common. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, rear-end collisions are the most common cause of car accidents. If you've been in a rear-end collision in a city in Palm Beach County, you may be asking yourself, "Do I need a lawyer if I was rear-ended?" The answer is yes, if you have been injured in an accident, you can benefit from representation of a car accident lawyer. Our car accident lawyers handle cases in Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach and throughout the state of Florida. Were you rear-ended on I-95 or Florida's Turnpike? You may have been rear-ended while the driver was traveling 50 mph or more. If so, your vehicle incurred substantial property damage and you were likely injured in the accident.
What if I was rear-ended and hit the car in front of me?
In Florida, the driver who rear-ended you is presumed to be at-fault in the accident. This means that the driver who rear-ended you is likely to be the one issued the ticket by the police officer. It is not your fault that you subsequently hit a vehicle in front of you. Most rear-end collisions occur when a driver is stopped at a traffic light or at a stop sign. The person hit generally did not anticipate the collision.
I was injured after being rear-ended, what do I do?
- Seek medical treatment immediately. You only have 14 days to use your personal injury protection (PIP) benefits. It is important to go to the hospital or an emergency room. Your personal injury protection insurance will cover up to $10,000 of medical bills.
- Obtain the insurance information from the person who rear-ended you. This is important so that a car accident attorney can set up the insurance claims and find out the insurance coverage information.
- Do not make statements to the driver who hit you.
- Take photographs of the vehicles.
What should I do if I was rear-ended by a truck?
Truck drivers carry commercial insurance policies. These are large insurance policies that provide more insurance coverage to their drivers. Truck drivers have these policies, because trucks do cause serious damage to vehicles due to their weight and size. You should obtain the truck driver's insurance information and company information. We can help you to obtain this information if you did not receive it from the police officer who arrived at the scene of your rear-end accident.
What can a car accident lawyer do for me if I was rear-ended?
Our car accident attorneys will help you to receive the compensation that you deserve from the at fault driver's insurance policy. Additionally, we can help you get your medical bills paid, help you to get your car fixed, and make sure that you receive the medical care necessary to get you feeling better.
What types of injuries do people receive in rear-end accidents?
Rear-end accident collisions are often unanticipated by the victim. These collisions cause drivers and passengers to experience broken bones, headaches, herniated discs, knee pain, back pain, shoulder pain, whiplash and other injuries associated with being in a car accident.
How much does a lawyer cost if I have been rear-ended?
We take car accident cases on contingency. This means we only get paid if we obtain money for you from the insurance company. There are no upfront costs to speak to a lawyer about your accident injuries.
Contact one of our Florida rear end collision attorneys to help you with your accident case at 561-588-2781 for a free consultation.