Ocala Rear-End Collision Lawyer
Traditionally, rear-end collisions were always, or nearly always, assumed to be the fault of the driver behind, based on the theory that a driver should maintain a sufficient following distance to allow for stopping without crashing. The reality is, however, the driver in back may or may not be found wholly responsible for a rear-end collision. All car accidents, including rear-end collisions, involve unique factors that can make determining accountability complicated. In fact, questions of liability are often more complex than the average person—or attorney—realizes. At Marianne Howanitz, P.A., we look at rear-end collisions from every possible angle, not just nose to tail, to obtain maximum personal injury compensation for our clients.
Why Rear-End Collisions Aren’t Always Straightforward Car Accidents
The old notion that rear-end accidents are straightforward is outdated and erroneous. Numerous factors and scenarios can affect the proper allocation of responsibility in a rear-end collision. Therefore, if you have been involved in a rear-end accident, it is vital that you do not assume you are automatically at-fault or not at-fault. Talk to a reputable Florida car accident lawyer first. If you were injured in the front car, the other driver may assert that you made a sudden and unexpected stop, or that your brake lights weren’t working properly. If you were injured in the rear vehicle, perhaps the driver in front backed up or stopped suddenly. Reduced traction due to weather or worn pavement can also contribute to rear-end collisions. Without a comprehensive inquiry there’s no way to know who, or what, caused the accident.
Along the same lines, other questions related to proving liability can spiral out of control for an attorney who doesn’t have experience handling rear-end collision claims. For example, a multi-car, chain-reaction series of rear-end collisions may have to be resolved through claims filed with many different parties—each with their own theories of fault. Attorney Marianne Howanitz is astute, organized, and thorough, and welcomes complex rear-end collision cases.
Common Injuries in Rear-End Collisions
Because of the energy transfer in a rear-end collision, significant injuries can be sustained, even at low speeds – injury to the neck being the most common. Other injuries may include injuries to the back, herniated discs, spinal cord injuries, face and head injuries from the airbag, wrist and hand injuries from the steering wheel, knee and anke injuries from the dashboard or floorboards as well as shoulder injuries from the seatbelt. In some rear-end cases, clients have suffered traumatic brain injury due to the forces exerted on the brain within the skull.
Speak with an Experienced Ocala Rear-End Collision Lawyer
When you or a loved one is injured in a rear-end collision, it is important to seek legal representation immediately. Rear-end accidents are often handled in a very cut-and-dried manner by insurance companies, generally to the disadvantage of injury victims. With more than 25 years of experience, extensive resources, and thorough case preparation, attorney Marianne Howanitz can capably handle your rear-end collision claim. Please contact our office in Ocala to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your accident.