Rear-end collisions are most common at intersections and stop signs, but the reality is that they can occur anywhere that there are two vehicles driving one behind the other. Distracted driving is often a factor in these types of accidents, when the rear driver does not notice the lead driver slowing or stopping, but there are many different scenarios where the rear driver may hit the lead driver, such as a mechanical failure, an obstacle in the road causing the lead driver to stop short, and more.
It is important to note that while it is often the rear driver who is found to be at fault for the crash, it is not automatically the case; therefore, it is absolutely essential that you get a clear accident report and evidence to support the fact that you are the victim in this crash. We are here to help you establish clear fault in the accident, and to then fight on your behalf for every dollar that you are entitled to.
Hire a Florida Car Accident Lawyer Today
The sooner you are partnered with an experienced and proven car accident attorney, the more time they will have to build a comprehensive case while you are able to prioritize your own personal health and recovery. The team of Jacksonville personal injury lawyers at Fasig | Brooks is available for a free case evaluation and initial consultation, where we will be able to discuss your accident in detail and give you an idea of the type of support we can offer. Our history of successful rear-end accident personal injury cases should be a good indication of the level of experience that you get when we are your legal representatives.
Read more below to get a better sense of how rear-end collisions are handled through insurance claims and contact us as soon as possible so that we can start working on your case today.
Determining Fault In a Rear-End Collision
Florida is known as a “comparative negligence” state, meaning that if the victim in an accident is partially to blame, their settlement amount will be reduced by the amount that they are found to be at fault. At first, it might always seem like the rear driver is at fault in a rear-end collision, since they were the ones who struck the lead vehicle. However, while it is common, it is not always the case. This is why it is so important that we establish and prove fault if the other driver caused the accident early into your insurance claim so that we can focus on getting you a full settlement.
Determining who is at fault in your accident will require a variety of different methods of proof, including things like your account and the other driver’s account, eyewitness accounts, security camera footage, and anything else that will help to present a complete picture. If the driver was engaging in dangerous behavior, such as drunk driving or texting while driving, then it is important that the police are aware of this, and issue citations as necessary.
If we have gone through the obvious avenues to prove fault and there is still disagreement, then there may be other ways that we can establish a clear narrative before moving forward with calculating your damages.
Calculating Damages In a Rear-End Collisions
Once the fault has been established, the next step is to determine the amount of money that you truly deserve, and not just the amount of money that the insurance company would like to pay out. It is no secret that insurance companies will go to great lengths to limit their payments, and your damages will be no different. When the insurance company completes its claims investigation and makes you an initial offer, you will be shocked at the difference between their offers and your attorney’s calculations.
We will go through every possible facet of your life that has been measurably impacted by your accident, including the obvious things like your medical bills and lost wages, but also quantifying the non-economic damages that you have suffered such as your pain and suffering and other emotional or physiological difficulties that come along with any personal injury.
Negotiating a Settlement Agreement
Once we have reached a determination about the value of all of your damages, we will use this information to negotiate with the insurance company to reach an agreement that makes sense. Our goal is (typically, not always) to reach an out-of-court settlement agreement in order to avoid a costly and time-consuming trial, but there are certain instances where it makes the most sense to push for a trial. Regardless, the primary goal of our work together is to get you the money that you deserve so that you are not left trying to sort out the financial impacts of this accident on your own.
Contact Fasig | Brooks Today To Speak With a Florida Personal Injury Attorney
Before you even initiate a claim with the insurance company, you will benefit from the support and guidance of an experienced attorney. We will take over for you so that you can reduce your stressors while focusing on getting your life back on track. When you are working with our award-winning team, you can be confident that there is an experienced professional who is fighting for you at every step, making sure that you get the financial support and legal protection that you are entitled to after someone else caused an accident that you were injured in.