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Rear-End Accidents

Rear ended? Let our Clearwater car accident lawyers help!

Rear-end collisions are one of the most common types of accidents drivers are involved in. In many cases, they are considered minor "fender benders" while other rear-end accidents, such as high-speed rear-end accidents, cause extensive vehicle damage and bodily injury, even death in some cases.

If you or someone you care about was recently injured in this type of car accident, speak with a Clearwater personal injury lawyer at Roman & Gaynor today so that we can provide you with legal options for recovering maximum financial compensation.

Rear-end accidents can create a "domino effect" or chain-reaction. If the force of impact is great enough, the impacted vehicle could propel forward and hit the vehicle in front of them, and so on. This is a common cause of multi-vehicle accidents, particularly when vehicles are traveling at high speeds.

This can also happen in some cases when multiple vehicles are stopped or are slowing down, but one vehicle is not paying attention to the change in traffic pattern and consequently rear-ends another vehicle, causing a chain reaction.

Examples of Rear-End Collisions

  1. Failing to notice a change in traffic- When drivers are distracted, they can fail to notice when traffic is changing. For example, if a driver continues to travel at 75mph when the rest of traffic on the interstate has significantly slowed due to traffic, they may not be able to brake in enough time to avoid rear-ending another vehicle.
  2. Driver distraction- Similar to failing to notice a change in traffic, texting while driving, talking on the phone and even things like eating can distract a driver enough to put them at risk for rear-ending another driver.
  3. Taillights out- If a driver is driving with one or both of their taillights out, they could be at-fault if another driver rear-ends them. Taillights are necessary to warn other drivers that the driver is braking.
  4. Backing out of a parking space- If a driver backs out of a parking space without looking, they could collide with a passing vehicle. This is not the typical scenario of a rear-end accident, but it does result in one of the vehicles sustaining rear-end damage.

After any type of rear-end motor vehicle collision, you may be suffering from injuries such as whiplash, fractures, concussion and the like. Passengers traveling in the back seats of vehicles that are rear-ended, particularly vans and other vehicles with a small trunk space, can suffer even more severe injuries.

Statistics on Driver Attributes and Rear-End Crash Involvement

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a study titled "Driver Attributes and Rear-End Crash Involvement Propensity" which lent valuable information on some of the major factors that contribute to these types of collisions.

Some of the notable results of the study include:

  • Young drivers are most commonly the at-fault party in rear-end collisions. Primarily, the under-18 age group followed by the 18-24 age group.
  • Drivers are statistically less likely to cause rear-end collisions as they get older, showing that rear-end accidents may primarily be an issue of inexperienced drivers.
  • When drivers pass the age of 69, they are just as likely as young drivers to cause rear-end accidents, primarily due to the elderly persons' decreased mental faculties and reaction time.
  • Male drivers more commonly cause rear-end accidents than female drivers.

Car Accident Attorneys Serving Clearwater & Beyond

Roman & Gaynor understands what you're going through after being involved in a rear-end collision. These types of car accidents can cause you to suffer physically, emotionally and financially. We are here to deal with the insurance company for you so that you don't get cheated out of the money you deserve.

To learn more, call us today for a free case evaluation!

We Have Recovered Over $85 Million for Our Clients

  • $4,356,000 Verdict for Traumatic Brain Injury Victim
    Client was rear-ended with great force by an employee of Mercedes Benz of Melbourne on a rural highway in South Florida. The collision was so powerful that three cars were totally destroyed and the client was rendered unconscious. The Client sustained multiple fractures to her arm and ribs, damage to her shoulder and she sustained brain damage. The jury deliberated almost four hours at the conclusion of a six day trial in Brevard County, Florida.
  • $2,700,000 Verdict for Truck Accident Victim
    After a six day trial, a Pasco County Jury awarded our clients $2,161,000.00 for wife and $631,900.00 for husband. The wife sustained a head injury and had a spine surgery. The husband injured his hands, shoulder and knee.
  • $1,450,000 Settlement for Injured Pedestrian
    Roman & Gaynor sued our client's car insurance company when they refused to take her fractured pelvis seriously. After being pinned between 2 cars in a parking lot, she could not walk normally or return to work. This jury verdict is more than 10 times the amount of the policy she sought, and her insurance company refused to pay, after her injury. State Farm later settled her bad faith claim and Roman & Gaynor collected the excess judgment.
  • $1,175,000.00 Verdict for Traumatic Brain Injury Victim
    $1,175,000.00: A New Port Richey man was injured in a motor vehicle collision when his work van was hit and flipped over, causing him to be ejected from his vehicle, crushing his skull. Roman & Gaynor's investigation revealed that the work van was not equipped with operable seatbelts. A lawsuit against his employer, who was responsible for the maintenance of the work van, resulted in a $1,175,000.00 settlement.
  • $850,000.00 Settlement for Husband & Wife
    A Pasco County couple were seriously injured in a rear end collision in Pasco County. After spinal surgeries, Roman & Gaynor successfully negotiated a global settlement in the amount of $850,000 which assisted this couple in rebuilding their lives.
  • $836,000.00 Settlement in Rear End Collision
    Our clients, a 56 and 58 year old couple from Pasco County, were stopped for a red light in Tampa when they were rear ended by a distracted driver. Both husband and wife suffered herniated discs as a result of this accident which resulted in 4 spinal surgeries. The at fault party’s insurance carrier asserted a low impact defense, and asserted that our client suffered from these injuries prior to the accident. After protracted litigation, and just 2 months prior to trial, Roman & Gaynor secured a $836,000 settlement in favor of this couple.
  • $820,000.00 Settlement in Rear End Collision
    After a year of litigating a case the Defendant never took seriously, Roman & Gaynor negotiated this settlement just to days before trial for a young lady with a spine injury. In this case, a relatively low impact collision led to more than one spinal surgery, including fusion.
  • $600,000.00 Jury Verdict for Accident Victim
    A St. Petersburg woman received a verdict of more than $600,000 for multiple injuries sustained in a car accident including a broken pelvis. We received the verdict at the end of a three-day trial. The Defendant was the driver of a truck who ran a red light.
  • $520,000.00 Settlement in Auto Accident
    A husband and wife were traveling 55 mph in the middle lane when they were suddenly side-swiped. Their vehicle sustained tremendous property damage to the driver’s side and the mirror had even ripped off the door. The at-fault driver fled the scene, but was later charged and arrested for a DUI. The insurance adjuster initially offered to settle the claim for a very minimal amount. The wife underwent neck surgery and the husband had back surgery. After operative reports were submitted to the adjuster, the policy limits of the at-fault party were tendered along with two underinsured motorist policies in this case for a total resolution of $520,000.
  • $425,000.00 Settlement After Semi Tractor Trailor Runs Client Off Road
    Roman and Gaynor's client was driving on US-19 in Louisiana behind a Semi-truck with a trailer attached. After clipping the side of the clients car, the trailer came completely unhinged, causing a devastating collision, resulting in closed head injury. After protracted litigation, settlement was reached in the amount of $425,000.

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