Rear-end Crash in Jacksonville, Florida
We have all been there before, something is either distracting us or the person in front of us all of sudden hits their brakes and you have a split second to react, you may just barely miss hitting the bumper in front of you or have to swerve out of the way to avoid a collision. Unfortunately, a collision is not always avoidable. For those of you who have been hit from behind, sometimes it can be a minor collision, however other times a driver may be so distracted or riding up on your car so close that they don't even have time to brake before the impact.
I recently spoke with a young woman who was stopped on a busy road due to a broken down car an little bit in front of her. The vehicle behind her never even braked and slammed into the back of her car. Thankfully, she had put a safe distance between herself and the vehicle in front of her that she was able to swerve and avoid another collision.
Common Causes of a Rear-end Crash
Rear-end collisions are one of the most common types of automobile accidents in the United States. In fact, there are approximately 2.5 million rear-end collisions each year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration(NHTSA), approximately 28 percent of all crashes are rear-end collisions. Rear-end accidents can be caused by a variety of negligent acts. Some common causes include but are not limited to:
Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol;
Faulty brakes or automotive defects;
Tailgating or following too closely;
Poor weather conditions;
Sudden or unexpected stops; or
Improper lane changes.
After a rear-end collision, you may feel like you don't have any injuries, however, your body has just gone through a trauma and it is the smart move to go and get checked out. Often people may not feel pain until a few days after the accident. Do not ignore your body.
Negligence in a Rear-end Crash
In order for a plaintiff to recover damages for a car accident, they have to prove that the injuries they suffered were due to the negligence of another party. Simply put, who is at "fault". For example, a person who is driving too close behind another driver and doesn't leave enough space to react, causing a rear-end collision, has probably breached their duty to drive safely and reasonably and because of their actions, you are now injured. You would probably have a case against the at-fault driver.
If You Have Questions About a Car Accident or Any Other Injury You Suffered
Please contact Clifton Law Office, you can reach me at my contact page online or call me directly at 904-209-4883.