Rear-End Car Accidents
A rear-end collision is a very common type of car accident in Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach Counties. It usually occurs when a driver fails to stop their vehicle on time and then crashes into the vehicle in front of it. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) reported in 2012 that more than 1.7 million rear-end crashes occurred in national highways, which resulted in more than 1,700 fatalities and 500,000 separate injuries. If you have suffered injuries due to a rear-end accident, you should seek the assistance of Englander Peebles' experienced South Florida Car Accident Attorneys.Common Causes of Rear-end Collisions
Distracted driving is most often cited as the cause of rear-end collisions. According to a study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 87 percent of rear-end crashes in which a driver struck a lead vehicle in front included some form or degree of driver distraction. The study found that drivers who got into a rear-end crash were engaged in activities that diverted their attention from the roadway ahead. These activities included dining, use of wireless devices such as cell phones, and passenger-related activities such as conversation. Other common causes are speeding and following too closely, both of which contributed to drivers not having enough time to stop to prevent crashing into the lead vehicle.Presumption of Fault in Florida
In Florida, the rear driver in a rear-end collision is presumed to be at fault for the accident. Legally, if there is no evidence to show that the lead driver had any fault in the accident, the rear driver will usually be found liable. However, this is merely a presumption that can be rebutted if there is evidence that the lead driver was also negligent. Because Florida has a comparative negligence scheme, all the parties involved can present evidence of fault, and a court or jury can assign percentages of fault to them. At the end of the case, the amount of compensation that an injured party will receive can be reduced based on the percentage of fault they shared in causing the accident.
Additionally, the issue of liability becomes more complicated when there is a chain reaction involving several cars and one vehicle strikes another in the rear causing it to hit another vehicle in front. In these kinds of cases, there are multiple parties involved and an extensive investigation will need to be conducted to determine whether the entire fault resides with the first rear driver, or whether others failed to act reasonably and contributed to the accident.
Rear-end collisions can cause severe injuries – even death – depending on the circumstances. Englander Peebles is a law firm that can effectively advocate for your interests if you have been involved in a rear-end collision in Broward, Miami-Dade, or Palm Beach County. Englander Peebles is experienced in analyzing the legal issues relevant to your case and crafting an aggressive strategy for obtaining compensation. Do not hesitate to contact our Fort Lauderdale Office for a free initial consultation by calling (954) 500-4878.