Boynton Beach Rear End Collision Accidents
Rear end collisions are a common form of auto accident that occurs on a regular basis. In Boynton Beach, rear end collision accidents result in a wide variety of injury types that can even be serious enough to be life threatening. In most cases, motorists tend to assume that in a rear end collision, the driver in the rear is the one at fault. And, in most cases, that’s a valid assumption.Is No-Fault Insurance Mandatory in Boynton Beach?
Florida is a no-fault state which means that Florida vehicle owners are required to have personal injury protection coverage. PIP provides insurance coverage for those injured in an accident, no matter who was at-fault for the collision. (SB 896: Motor Vehicle Insurance). No fault insurance pays, after any applicable deductibles, the following coverages:
- 80% of medical bills, including out-of-pocket prescription costs, dental expenses and rehabilitation services
- 60% of lost wages
- $5,000 worth of death benefits
- mileage reimbursement to and from your doctor
PIP benefits may only be provided to you if you have received medical treatment for your injuries within two weeks of your accident. Otherwise, you may be ineligible.What Types of Rear End Collision Injuries Would You Expect?
Even injuries that are less than catastrophic may require a lengthy amount of time and treatment in order to heal. Some injuries may, on the surface, be minor – but they can serve to hide more severe complications in the future. Rear end collision accident injuries may include:
- Burns and lacerations of the skin
- Sprained muscles and all types of bone fractures
- Whiplash injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Closed head injuries
- Trauma to the knees
- Herniated discs
- Brain hemorrhage and injury
- Spinal cord damage
As you are trying to heal from your injuries, you may incur expenses such as medical bills and lost time from work. However, these are things that an experienced car accident attorney has already dealt with in the past. So they know just how to assist you with the expected losses that currently (and possibly in the future) need to be accounted for, in regards to your rear end collision accident.
By hiring an experienced personal injury attorney, you can focus on your medical treatment and recovering from your injuries, rather than dealing with the insurance companies. In addition, you may also have certain legal questions regarding your accident claim. When you seek the advice of a rear end collision accident attorney, your initial consultation is free – so you have nothing to lose.
If you or a loved one has sustained injuries in a rear end collision, then you should seek the advice of an experienced personal injury accident attorney for assistance with your personal injury claim.Florida Statutes That Keep Boynton Beach Motorists From Driving Too Closely
When it comes to traffic safety, there are a number of laws that are designed to keep the highways and roads safe for all motorists. This includes statutes that can protect against rear end collisions. These include:
- Statute 316.0895 (1) states that “The driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the speed of such vehicles and the traffic upon, and the condition of, the highway.”
- Statute 316.0895 (2) states that “It is unlawful for the driver of any motor truck, motor truck drawing another vehicle, or vehicle towing another vehicle or trailer, when traveling upon a roadway outside of a business or residence district, to follow within 300 feet of another motor truck, motor truck drawing another vehicle, or vehicle towing another vehicle or trailer.”
Florida is a comparative law state which means that the fault for the collision can be divided among the drivers according to their percentage of fault. In a rear end collision, liability typically falls on the driver of the rear vehicle. However, this is not always the case and the driver of the front vehicle may also be held at fault for the collision. There are different scenarios when the liability may also fall on the driver of the front vehicle. For example, there may be evidence of mechanical failure in the front vehicle such as whether or not the tail lights or blinkers were working properly at the time of the accident. Additionally, was there an unexpected stop or lane change? Was the front vehicle illegally stopped on the roadway? If it’s determined that actions contributed to the cause of the collision, then you could potentially be held negligent as well.
Another consideration can revolve around the defendant not having any insurance at all. Many drivers have been known to drive without insurance – hoping that they won’t get caught. If your policy has coverage for underinsurance / uninsured motorist drivers, then you can look to your own insurance company for coverage. It’s better to have a policy with UM coverage.Speak to a Boynton Beach Injury Lawyer to Protect Your Rights
Rear end collisions in Boynton Beach can result in catastrophic injuries and even death. In addition, it’s important to understand that while high speeds are often a factor, there are also many times when this isn’t the situation. There have been a number of cases in which a very low speed car crash has resulted in a serious injury that eventually led to a person’s death. The injuries involved may include broken bones, brain damage and various internal organ injuries. Therefore, even if you are involved in a rear end collision crash, it is advised that you seek medical care and the advice of a car accident personal injury attorney.
Seek the advice of a Boynton Beach personal injury attorney, who will try to fight so you can receive the best care and compensation you rightfully deserve. The law firm of Frankl & Kominsky has wide experience in representing all types of accident victims, including those injured in rear end collisions.
If you or a loved one in Boynton Beach was the victim of a rear end collision, the attorneys at Frankl & Kominsky can help. Turn to Frankl & Kominsky for comprehensive legal guidance. Call (561) 800-8000 or use our Contact Form to set up a free consultation.