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If you have been involved in a an SUV or car accident in the Tampa Bay area call Tampa Personal Injury Attorney, Martin J. Hernandez at 813-755-9500
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With more cars on the road, the number of traffic accidents causing fatalities and injuries continue to rise, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Because this is Florida, car accidents are one of the leading causes of injury and death. Automobile accidents occur in countless ways and the injuries sustained in these accidents is almost limitless. For this reason, it is very important that the injury lawyer which you hire has the skill and resources needed to properly handle every aspect of your case. Somebody who has the results and experience that matters. We can help.

Some of the common causes of car accidents include:

  1. Speeding
  2. Sudden braking
  3. Careless driving
  4. Reckless driving
  5. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  6. Failure to obey traffic lights or signs
  7. Falling asleep at the wheel
  8. Aggressive driving/ road rage
  9. Lack of turn signals
  10. Automobile defects
  11. Improper repairs
  12. Driver distractions (texting / talking on cell phone, etc.)
  13. Types of Injuries That Frequently Occur

Common injuries in car accidents can include:

  1. Fractured or broken bones
  2. Spinal injuries ranging from herniated discs to paralysis
  3. Whiplash
  4. Brain Injury
  5. Closed head injuries
  6. Headaches, dizziness, ringing in the ears, etc.
  7. Brain Injury
  8. Paralysis

What are the most common types of injuries in a rear-end collision?

There are many types of injuries people suffer in a car accident, particularly in rear-end collision. Rear-end accidents often take victims by surprise, throwing them backwards and then forwards. This happens suddenly as they idle at a stop light or coming to a stop in traffic. While many rear-end accidents allow the victims to walk away with no injuries at all, there are several common injuries that can be very serious and sometimes manifest (develop) overtime.

These are the five most common injuries sustained in a rear-end car accident.

Soft Tissue

One of the most common auto accident injuries, flexion/extension injuries occur to the soft issue of the spine, caused by extreme jolting of the body. Symptoms of these injuries include pain between the shoulder blades or neck, headaches, dizziness, and even vision impairment. Because these injuries can cause very painful symptoms, experts recommend seeking medical help as soon as symptoms begin. Don’t forget about Florida’s 14-day rule under Florida Statute 627.736


Herniation occurs when the outer fiber surrounding a disk becomes torn, usually due to trauma.

Brain Injury

This is a less common type of rear-end auto accident injury, with neck and back injuries far more common.

Broken Bones

Many people think a broken leg or arm is nothing severe. Simply set it in a cast and heal within a specified period of time. However, bone breakages can be extremely severe, especially in the case of rear-end auto accidents.


With any head trauma, medical personnel will watch for symptoms of a concussion. As with the aforementioned brain injury, a concussion is most often at risk in a rear-end collision if the accident victim’s head struck something, like the dashboard or windshield. A concussion occurs when a person’s brain strikes his or her skull, causing an injury.

According to data from the National Traffic Safety Bureau (NTSB), in 2012 alone, there were ‘more than 1.7 million rear-end crashes… resulting in more than 1,700 fatalities and 500,000 injured people.’

What Can Our Tampa Accident Attorneys Do for Your Case?

We realize that being involved in a vehicle or car accident is stressful enough, which is why we are here to handle all aspects of your injury case.

When you retain our firm, our injury lawyers will get to work right away on your case.

Examining evidence – We examine police reports, medical records, vehicle damage, GPS data, and any other evidence that may help your case

Determining fault – Our Tampa car accident lawyers look at the facts of your case and will explore all avenues to determine which parties may be liable for your accident.

Arranging medical treatment – We can arrange medical treatment for you even if you do not have insurance or if your insurance is limited.

Speaking to witnesses – We speak to any witnesses to the accident, and if necessary, bring them to testify in court

Hiring experts – We use experts in a variety of fields to help Increase the value of your case.

Dealing with insurance companies – At Martin Hernandez PA, LLC, we have years of experience in representing car accident injured victims and know how to deal with insurance companies who are reluctant to pay what they should.

Going to trial if necessary – We are not afraid to go to trial for our clients. While most car accident cases settle without the need for a trial, our goal is to make sure that you receive every penny to which you are entitled. We will do everything in our power to successfully pursue your case.

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