Rear-end collisions and car accident settlements
Posted: June 23, 2021
A settlement is an agreement to pay someone who has suffered injury or harm. This could be due to a car accident or any other kind of accident. To reach a settlement, you will need to file a personal injury suit against the responsible party or file a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company.
Car accidents can seriously disrupt the life of a person: we are talking about medical bills, car repairs, time wasted, and even job loss. This is why you might be entitled to money after a car accident.
The average car accident settlement amount in Florida is $15,000, however, each case is different. Settlements may vary greatly depending upon the unique circumstances of the crash. Typically, the amount of insurance coverage available is a determinative factor, however, the victim’s pain and suffering may also be considered.
Florida is a no-fault state. This means that only car accidents with serious injuries end up in traditional lawsuits – minor accidents are settled directly between both drivers’ insurance companies (and lawyers) which determine who is at fault and required to pay compensation.
What to expect after being rear-ended
A car accident can happen anywhere, at any time, though rear-end collisions are far more common in intersections and parking lots and can cause considerable damage to you or your vehicle. If you have been rear-ended, expect injuries such as:
- Facial injuries
- Back injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
These injuries might not appear immediately. Some may develop slowly and could take days to appear. Be sure to receive prompt medical attention after the crash and follow your doctor’s advice. If you don’t follow your treatment plan, the other driver can claim that you are responsible for your pain.
Once you have received medical attention, your focus should turn to your insurer. Report the accident to help them determine who is at fault. Generally, the vehicle that rear-ended you is at fault, but this is determined by determining which driver drove negligently.
If you have any evidence to support your case, like a video recording or any other data, you must preserve it and present it to the insurance companies.
Reaching a settlement
As the name implies, a settlement settles the case, saving you time and money. However, settlements can be delayed if:
- The other driver claims that you are to blame for the accident. Both insurance companies will fully investigate the circumstances of the crash to determine who is at fault.
- Your injuries are serious and you need time to recover. These cases usually require more time to determine the full financial cost of the accident and calculate the compensation.
Have you been rear-ended? Contact an experienced car accident lawyer
After a car accident, the other driver’s insurance company might reach out to you with a settlement offer, but you shouldn’t accept it if you have no idea what to expect or how much money you might be entitled to. Ask yourself: Is this a fair offer? Does it cover my medical bills? What about my job and the time I lost?
At Mubarak Law, we are here to help you obtain proper compensation. We exhaustively research all available coverage (even the coverage you have no idea exists!) to help you better understand the circumstances of the accident and calculate the settlement.
Our skilled legal team will guide you through the process, help you file a claim, and reach a settlement.