Who is at Fault in a Rear-End Collision?

Rear-end collisions can be caused by a number of factors, including distracted driving, speeding, or driving at excessive speeds, as well as failure to keep the vehicle under control, use turn signals, or yield the right of way.

In a rear-end collision, most often the car and driver in the rear of the accident is at fault. Why? The rules of the road require vehicles to be able to stop safely when traffic ahead of them stops. Should a vehicle be unable to stop safely, and instead, crash into you, the driver was not driving safely.

In a rear-end collision, who hit whom is also obvious as the car in the rear has a damaged front end while the car in the front has a damaged rear end. The driver of the car at fault may have a claim against the vehicle which caused the sudden stoppage of traffic or against a third vehicle that pushed him or her into your car. Even so, this does not change the liability for the driver who collided with you.

If you have been involved in a rear-end collision, carelessness on your part can be a factor in you bearing a portion of the responsibility for the collision. For example, if you reverse suddenly, if your brake lights are not functioning, or if you stop or signal to turn and fail to do so.  In these scenarios, you may get rear-ended, but you would also contribute to the accident, making you at fault.

Common Injuries After a Rear-end Collision

What to do after a read-end collision?

When car accidents occur, the result is not only property damage but often unwanted and unwelcome pain and suffering. In the event of your involvement in a rear-end collision, the first priority is to call the authorities and get medical care for those on the scene.

While modern safety features – seatbelts and airbags – can help prevent the most devastating injuries, they still occur. Other factors affecting the extent of the injuries in a rear-end collision include the speed of the vehicles, the type of vehicles, and even the angle of the seats and headrest.

Common rear-end collision accident injuries include:

Some injuries are evident at the scene while other pain, weakness, and discomfort may appear days after the accident. Seeing a chiropractor after a rear-end accident will help them determine the extent of your injuries through the use of Digital X-rays or MRIs, as well as thorough examination. Once your injuries are diagnosed, your chiropractor will prepare a personalized treatment plan for you which may include dietary or nutritional supplements, physical therapy, and massage. The goal of your doctor’s treatment plan is to relieve your pain and discomfort while allowing you to fully regain your strength and flexibility.

How Soon After a Car Accident Do I Have to See a Doctor for My Injuries and Pain Symptoms in Florida? 

How long do I have to see a doctor after a read-end collision car accident in Florida?

Every car accident is different and in some cases, you may not need the help of a medical professional. An example is if someone bumps into you at a very low speed causing no damage to your health or your car. The higher the speed of the car, the mere serious an accident becomes especially if it is a read-end collision.

If you are involved in a read-end collision accident or any other type of car accident in Florida, you have 14 days to see a qualified, accredited medical professional to document and treat your injuries.

If you wait longer than 14 days, you may disqualify yourself from claiming compensation for your injuries from the insurance. In summary, here is what you need to do if you’ve been involved in a read-end collision accident in Florida:

  1. Call 911 and file a police report
  2. Do not admit fault
  3. See a medical professional including a chiropractor within 14 days even if you are not feeling any pain right after the accident
  4. Notify the medical staff that the reason for your visit is a car accident
  5. Seek legal representation

County Line Chiro is Here to Help You on Your Way to Recovery 

Chiropractic adjustment after a read-end collision


If you or a loved one has been injured in rear-end collision, call on the team at County Line Chiropractic Medical and Rehab to create a personalized treatment plan to alleviate pain and achieve a full recovery.

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