Rear End Collisions: Don’t Be the Negligent Party!

Many of us have an unfortunate need for speed throughout the day, and it often begins as soon as that alarm clock rings, propelling us into motion. The problem, however, is when that sense of urgency translates to the highway. This is a common problem for many drivers—and is often the reason behind traffic accidents related to speeding, whether they are simple fender benders or car wrecks or motorcycle crashes resulting in tragic fatalities.

The rear-end collision is a common result of speeding—as well as distracted driving. Although operating a vehicle should be treated as an intensely serious exercise (after all, negligent drivers may hold the lives of other motorists in their hands), that is often not the case, and especially for those who drive a lot. While typical offenses such as drunk and reckless driving are still the causes of many injuries and deaths on the road, distracted driving is now the top reason for accidents. Thousands of deaths occur and hundreds of thousands of people are hurt due to motorists who cannot resist the temptation to pick up the phone, read a text, send a message, or perform other unnecessary activities that involve holding and manipulating electronics. And unfortunately, for the innocent driving along doing exactly what they are supposed to be doing, being ‘run into’ is an all too common occurrence.

In most cases, one motorist will hit another from behind due to a lack of time to hit the brakes. This is usually deemed to be their fault. Although there can be extenuating circumstances such as multi-car pileups or weather issues, the bottom line is that whoever could have prevented the accident is generally at fault. If you or a loved one were injured due to a rear-end collision, you may have experienced any range of injuries from cuts and contusions to whiplash, traumatic brain injury, broken bones, severe spinal injuries, paralysis, and more. Do not try to go it alone against the other motorist’s insurance carrier if this is the case. They may attempt to interview you and tape record conversations, request medical records, speak to witnesses who were on the scene when the accident occurred, and more. It is in your best interest to work with a skilled injury attorney!

If you have been injured in a car accident due to the negligence of another driver, contact the attorneys at Heintz & Becker. We’ve helped victims from Bradenton, Sarasota, and all over Florida get compensation for their damages and medical expenses after accidents. Call us for a free consultation now at 941-748-2916 or contact us online. We are here to help!

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Keeping Your Distance: Rear End Collisions Often Fatal to Motorcyclist

Motorcyclists are often a rare breed, turning travel into more of a lifestyle than a commute, and forming quick bonds with other like-minded souls on the road. Those who are experienced riders have often already had an accident or two in their lifetime and are wary during their daytime commute or joyriding as they take off in much coveted down time and enjoy the natural landscape of the US.

Even most novices understand what to do to avoid accidents with cars, although they may not be as skilled at handling themselves in the event of a collision. The standard advice such as remaining visible (brightly colored clothing, neon strips on helmets, bike, etc.) usually applies to most individuals riding, along with being heard—which might be why you often hear engines revved at traffic stops. Education about riding is key, along with understanding the specific bike, and knowing how to perform basic, required maneuvers.

What is often overlooked, however, is the knowledge all motorists should have so they can avoid colliding with a motorcycle (as well as bicyclists or pedestrians, all of which are a concern with traffic accidents on the rise). Unfortunately, the most basic issues such as visibility are often a challenge to begin with as motorists’ eyes are so much more attuned to seeing larger objects like vehicles and trucks—and this is one of the biggest causes of accidents. But along with making sure they see motorcycles, motorists should always be aware of their blind spots, doublechecking for drivers behind them.

Keeping the proper distance can be the most important safety measure in avoiding a collision with a motorcycle though. Employing the three- to four-second rule is a good way to prevent accidents, and especially a rear-end collision—keeping in mind that motorcyclists may not give you immediate warning with a brake light if they are gearing down or coasting in anticipation of a stop. While it is easy to get irritated in traffic with any driver, remember that a rear-end collision could end in substantial property damage, severe injury to a motorcyclist, and even fatality; in fact, rear-end collisions tend to be much more fatal for individuals riding on motorcycles than in cars.

Think of how many fender benders you may have been in personally—or how many you may have seen occur between cars. While a tap on a bumper may have meant little in an incident between a car or a truck, in the case of a motorcycle, the motorcyclist could be thrown from their bike. While fatalities are all too common (and sadly, Florida tops the list for motorcycle deaths), serious injuries such as paralysis, traumatic brain injury, fractures, and burns may occur—along with broken bones and a variety of cuts and contusions. Motorcyclists must also be defensive in their driving and wear protective gear such as helmets.

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident due to the negligence of another driver, contact the attorneys at Heintz & Becker. We’ve helped victims from Bradenton, Sarasota, and all over Florida get compensation for their damages and medical expenses after accidents. Call us for a free consultation now at 941-748-2916 or contact us online. We are here to help!