Rear-end collisions make up many of the nation’s traffic accidents. However, there are different causes of the common rear-end collision. Distracted, drowsy or impaired driving is often to blame. Driving too fast for conditions, speeding and following too closely are other common causes of such accidents.
Road Rage and Rear-end Collisions
Sometimes, however, road rage causes a rear-end wreck. A common example is when an enraged motorist pulls in front of another vehicle before slamming on their brakes. If a rear-end collision ensues, the following motorist may claim that the extreme conduct of the aggressive driver was at fault. However, as long as that aggressive driver is operating a vehicle with operative brake lights, it can be difficult to divert blame off the following driver for not being able to stop in time.
Intent and Witness Statements
However, the leading motorist’s ill intent can shift the blame if witness statements identify it. That is, an investigation may reveal evidence that the braking driver intended to cause problems for the following motorist. If you are in a rear-end collision attributable to road rage, it is ideal if another motorist or pedestrian stops to provide officers with a corroborating statement.
In some cases, such statements can lead to the aggressive driver being cited or charged with reckless driving. In an extreme case, the motorist who engages in such dangerous conduct might be charged with assault with a deadly weapon, although such a charge is rare and often difficult to prove.
However, if no witness offers such a statement, the law ultimately requires that the following motorist stop their vehicle in time. So, the following motorist is generally found to be at fault in the many such rear-end collisions.
Avoiding Aggressive Drivers
When another driver experiences and exhibits symptoms of road rage, it is important to get away from the aggravated motorist. Do not continue to follow a motorist exhibiting such erratic behavior. Change lanes, exit, pull onto the shoulder or turn on to another road. Report any motorist that repeats such dangerous and aggressive actions with a 911 call. Be sure to include pertinent information like the make/model of the vehicle, the tag number and the direction of travel.
Unfortunately, insurance companies are often reluctant to pay medical bills and other costs after you have sustained injuries in an accident. This is regardless of whether you were involved in a car accident, a truck accident or a motorcycle accident. Florida is second in the nation when it comes to motorcycle accidents and more than 200,000 automobile accidents occur in the state annually.
Holding Insurers Accountable
When you are injured as a result of a motor vehicle accident, your first instinct is to contact your insurance company. What you may not know is that even innocent conversation with your insurance agent can cause problems for you down the line. When an insurer asks “how are you feeling” and you say “fine” they can use that later to claim you were not as injured as you are claiming to be. This can be a real issue when you consider that many soft tissue injuries associated with accidents can exhibit delayed symptoms.
It is imperative that you do not sign any forms, make any formal statements or accept any type of payment from an insurance company before you consult with a personal injury attorney who can help protect your rights.
Insurance Companies: The Double Duty
When you take out an insurance policy with an insurer, you expect them to treat you fairly when you file a claim. However, while an insurer has an obligation to you, they also have another obligation to their shareholders. This means you and your insurer are at odds almost immediately. Their primary goal is to protect their bottom line and that can mean paying out as little as possible on a claim.
A Personal Injury Attorney Can Help
At DDB Law, our goal is to always protect the rights of our clients. In nearly all cases, we can help you navigate the system and help make sure you are treated fairly by your insurance company. We can help you with recovering financially after an accident.
Avoid talking to anyone after an accident where you have been injured and avoid releasing your medical records to your insurance company without first consulting with a personal injury attorney.
Back injuries are a common type of personal injury that many people sustain when involved in a motor vehicle accident. Injuries to the back can be very painful and even debilitating, depending on the severity of the injury. Below are three different types of back injuries that often happen to those who are have been in an accident.
Even though the term slipped disc is often used, this injury type is more accurately described using the words herniated disc or prolapsed disc. The pain in the back that comes from this injury type is caused whenever there is a bulging or ruptured disc, and the internal material presses upon your spinal cord or nerve. It’s one of the most common types of back injuries.
Broken Back or Broken Neck
This is one of the most serious things that someone can do to their back. It’s something that can cause things like temporary or permanent paralysis, disability and death, depending on the severity and where the damage occurred. When there is an injury to the back it’s best to have it x-rayed and scanned by a specialist to see what kind of damage has been done. This is especially important if the person feels numb or they have tingling in their extremities. Sometimes a broken back is not as serious, even though it’s quite painful. This type of fracture is to the coccyx, the bone that is sometimes called the tailbone.
Injuries to Soft Tissue
The back’s soft tissue incorporates the ligaments, tendons, nerves, and muscles. When one of these particular types of tissue becomes bruised or damaged, intense pain can result. These kinds of injuries aren’t usually visible on the surface and might not be visible on a scan or x-ray, but the pain that they cause is very real. One of the most common causes of this injury is whiplash.
Depending on how bad your injury is you may be out of work for a long time or even permanently disabled. Why not let us help you with your claim? We have the experience required to review all the intricacies of your case.