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Rear-End Accident Attorneys in St. Pete and Pinellas Park

What to Do When a Vehicle Fails to Stop Behind You

A rear-end accident is typically more than a fender-bender. While the severity of the accident depends upon a variety of factors, the end result is often personal injuries to you and your passengers. Avoiding the impact of a rear-end collision is almost impossible due to little time to react and no place to go. Chances are your own vehicle is stopped behind someone else. If you are sitting at a traffic light, there’s a good chance the force of the collision may push you into the intersection. If you’ve experienced serious injuries in a rear-end accident caused by a negligent driver, a personal injury attorney as soon as possible.

The Impact of a Rear-End Accident

According to the National Highway Safety Transportation Administration (NHTSA), rear-end crashes account for nearly 30 percent of all accidents. The severity of a rear-end accident depends upon the type of lead vehicle—the vehicle that is stopped or moving very slowly prior to the crash. 

For example, a passenger car stopped in traffic is no match for a semi-truck approaching them from behind. The differences in size and weight can result in devastating injuries and possibly death for those in the passenger vehicle. Semi-trucks may carry loads up to 80,000 pounds. A passenger car weighs approximately 3,000-4,000 pounds. The math is simple: When a semi-truck rear-ends a passenger vehicle, the force, even at a low speed, can cause catastrophic injuries.

The same is true when a motorcycle is the lead vehicle and is struck from behind by a passenger vehicle. The results are often even more devastating due to the lack of protection for the motorcycle rider. With no seatbelts or airbags to protect them, motorcycle riders, and their passengers, face ejection from the bike and into traffic. 

How Do Rear-End Accidents Occur?

While braking and coming to a complete stop seem easy enough, there are many reasons why people don’t. For one, distracted driving continues to develop as a key issue in rear-end accidents. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, 96 percent of drivers surveyed view texting and emailing behind the wheel a serious threat. Despite this, 44 percent admitted to reading a text behind the wheel and 34 percent admitted to typing and sending a text.

Aggressive driving is another key factor in rear-end crashes. Tailgating and speeding are just two ways aggressive drivers endanger others. Half of those surveyed reported driving a minimum of 15 mph over the posted speed limit on a highway. Forty-seven percent admitted to driving 10 mph on a residential street.

A rear-end accident can occur due to a drunk or distracted driver, a speeding driver, or any other type of reckless behavior. When you experience serious injuries in a rear-end accident that were due to no fault of your own, contact Oldham and Delcamp.

What to Do If You Experience a Rear-End Accident

It is likely that you will not see the impact coming. The sudden force of another vehicle striking the back of your car or motorcycle is shocking and traumatic. If this happens to you, try to remain calm. Always accept medical assistance even if you feel fine. You may have injuries such as internal bleeding or a concussion that don’t show symptoms right away.

Document the scene with pictures and videos. Collect the contact information from witnesses. If your injuries prevent you from gathering evidence, ask a witness to assist you. Do provide a statement to law enforcement. All of this can serve as helpful information for any future litigation.

Florida Personal Injury Attorneys

Experiencing a life-changing injury during a simple trip to the store or your commute home from work isn’t fair. A Florida driver’s license is a privilege and not a right. When someone fails to share the road with you and to drive in a responsible manner, they are negligent. Gather your evidence and contact us without delay. Time is of the essence due to the Florida statute of limitations. The sooner we review your case, the sooner we can decide upon the best course of action for you. Schedule your free case evaluation today. We can help with your trucking accidents or as your premises lawyer  and auto accident attorney.