Compensation for Rear-End Accidents in Central Florida
If you were injured, here's how a rear-end accident lawyer can help.
One of the most common car accidents in Central Florida (or anywhere) involves one car rear-ending another. When this happens, expenses can add up fast, especially if you or a loved one sustains whiplash, a concussion, or another severe injury.
So, how much money is your rear-end accident worth? And who decides how much you should be financially compensated for all your injury-related expenses? These might seem like simple questions. But the answers can be much more complicated than many might suspect.
At the Law Offices of Brent Miller, P.A., we understand how confusing and overwhelming rear-end accident claims can be in Central Florida. That's because we have dedicated our legal careers to helping injury victims demand the justice they rightfully deserve.
Who's at fault in a rear-end accident?
In most cases, the rear driver who hit the vehicle in front is the at-fault driver. This is especially true if the driver in back was speeding, texting while driving, or breaking another Florida traffic law.
However, sometimes the driver in front can be to blame for causing a rear-end collision. For example, if the driver in front was drunk or under the influence of drugs, that impaired driver may be found at fault.
Who decides who's at fault?
You would think that the police officer or state trooper from the Florida Highway Patrol who responded to your collision would have the most to say about who was at fault in your rear-end collision. But their job is to decide if traffic laws were broken and to fill out your official Florida car accident report.
Instead, the insurance companies for the drivers involved in a rear-end collision often have the most to say about who caused the crash. Fortunately, you can be part of these important conversations. Your attorney can speak on your behalf and ensure your side of the story receives the attention it deserves.
Who's responsible for paying for my rear-end accident?
Florida has what's known as a no-fault car insurance system. This means you often must first file a car accident claim with your insurance company. And in many cases, your insurance company will be responsible for paying for your accident-related expenses.
However, there are situations where you can and may want to seek additional financial compensation from another source. This is especially true if your accident claim exceeds your car insurance coverage. In such a situation, you might want to pursue a claim with the other driver's insurance company, especially if the other driver was at fault.
How can I be compensated for my rear-end accident?
The bottom line is you should be financially compensated for all your accident-related expenses. In the case of a rear-end collision in Central Florida, such expenses can include the following:
- Cost of all medical care to treat your injuries.
- Money to repair or replace your damaged vehicle if it's a total loss.
- Replacement income if you need time off from work to recover from your injury.
- Lost future income if you cannot work at full capacity in the future due to your injury.
- Pain and suffering in certain circumstances.
This is why injury victims need to talk to an experienced attorney. They can estimate how much your accident claim could be worth and then pursue the maximum financial compensation on your behalf.
Should I accept a settlement or file a rear-end accident lawsuit?
Don't be surprised if an insurance company makes a settlement offer soon after your accident. Naturally, you might be tempted to accept such an offer. But the reality is such settlement checks often don't cover all accident expenses. And if you accept such a settlement offer, that's it. You can't go back and ask for more money in the future.
This is why many car accident injury victims and their attorneys negotiate a better settlement offer or file a car accident lawsuit seeking damages, the legal term for financial compensation. Deciding whether to accept a settlement offer or file a lawsuit is never easy. However, experienced attorneys know this and can explain the pros and cons of each choice. That way, you can make an informed decision based on the facts.
Contact a Central Florida rear-end accident lawyer today.
Rear-end accidents often quickly turn into complicated legal cases. This is because many insurance companies don't think such accidents are serious. As a result, they often make a lowball settlement offer that doesn't even come close to covering all your accident expenses.
At the Law Offices of Brent Miller, P.A., we are here to help. We know how to gather evidence, negotiate with insurance companies, and build a strong legal case based on the facts. We also work on a contingency fee basis. That means you pay no fees unless we win your case.
Discover what we can do for you. Contact us and schedule a free consultation with a Central Florida rear-end accident attorney you can trust. Talk to a lawyer at one of our four offices conveniently located in Central Florida, including offices in Tavares, Inverness, Clermont, and The Villages.