Rear End Car Accidents – Who’s at Fault?

The most common type of two-vehicle accident in Fort Lauderdale is the “rear-ender” – when a car is bumped or rammed from behind by a following vehicle. Today, the number of rear end car accidents is increasing, due to the many new driver distractions such as texts, cell phone calls, iPods, and in-dash navigation systems. Rear-end road rage incidents are also on the increase, with drivers in a hurry purposely tailgating and even tapping the bumper of a car they feel is moving too slowly. In most rear-ender incidents, it is assumed that the driver of the rear-ending car is at fault, and will be liable for any damages incurred in the collision – but there are some important exceptions to this rule.

No-Fault Insurance

In Florida, the most significant factor in getting compensation for damages caused in a rear end car accident is the state’s designation as a “no-fault state.” This means that in Florida, drivers must carry their own auto insurance, and will then collect compensation for their own damages and injuries from that insurance instead of suing the other driver for damages.
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Car Malfunctions and Recalls: GM Recall Updates

Vehicle crashes are the primary cause of debilitating injuries in Florida, and the number one killer of Americans under the age of 34. Getting unsafe vehicles off the road is vital to improving traffic safety and saving lives. In an effort to do this, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issues national vehicle safety standards, and manufacturers who fail to meet these standards are required to recall vehicles with proven safety-related defects. Since these laws have gone into effect, over 390 million vehicles have been recalled in the U.S. alone to correct safety defects.

Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards exist for vehicle parts that affect safe operation – such as tires, signal lights and headlights, and brakes – or those that protect drivers and passengers from injury, such as seatbelts, airbags, and energy-absorbing steering columns. When a vehicle is recalled due to a defect in any of these parts, the manufacturer is required to remedy the problem at no charge to the vehicle owner.
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Understanding Whiplash

One of the most common medical issues arising from automobile accidents – including rear end collisions or “fender-benders” – is referred to as “whiplash.” This is the layman’s term for the injuries that can be caused by a sudden, violent extension and retraction (flexion) of the neck. A number of different medical terms may be used to describe the physical presentation of whiplash, including “hyperextension / hyperflexion injury”, “myofascial injury”, “neck sprain or strain”, and “cervical strain or sprain”. These soft-tissue injuries may cause serious physical problems, and can impair your ability to perform work duties or daily activities.

Symptoms of Whiplash

If you have been involved in a rear-end collision or some other incident that could cause whiplash, you should be on the lookout for any signs of a neck injury. Some symptoms that may develop include:
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