Where and When Do Rear End Car Accidents Most Often Happen in Tampa Bay?
Rear end car accidents. Being rearended. The attorneys at Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes, P.A. represent many people who sustain significant injuries after being involved in rear-end car accidents. Do you know when and where the most people in Tampa Bay are rear-ended? ABC Action News provides a detailed report for all of us.
Top Five Tampa Bay Locations For Rear End Car Accidents
A driver can be rearended on any street, but some areas are prone to more rear end car accidents. According to research from ABC Action News, the top five locations in Tampa Bay are:
- I75 @ Brandon Blvd
- I 75 @ I 4
- US 19 @ Tampa Road
- I 275 @ I4
- US 92 @ I275
Worst Day and Time of Day for Being Rearended
The report indicates that Friday, Tuesday and Wednesday (in that order) are the days when most rear end car accidents occur. Sunday is best least likely day to be rearended, but still many do on Sunday. As for time, 5:00 p.m. is the most dangerous time, but anywhere from 2:00 pm to 6:15 p.m. drivers have an increased risk of being involved in a rear end car accident.
Fault in a Rear End Car Accident
In Florida, there is a rebuttable presumption that the negligence of the rear driver in a rear end car accident was the sole proximate cause of the accident. However, this presumption may be rebutted “when the defendant produces evidence which fairly and reasonably tends to show that the rear fact is not presumed,” that the rear-end collision was not result of the rear driver’s negligence. Gulle v. Boggs, 174 So. 2d 26, 29 (Fla. 1965). The Courts have recognized three specific fact patterns which may rebut this presumption:
- Affirmative testimony regarding a mechanical failure;
- Affirmative testimony of a sudden and unexpected stop or unexpected lane change by the car in front; and
- When a vehicle has been illegally and, therefore, unexpectedly stopped.
Thus, it is very important that if you are injured in a rear end car accident, you cannot assume that the driver who rearended you will automatically accept blame. It is important that you talk with the attorneys at Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes, P.A. before you talk with any insurance companies. As the oldest personal injury attorney in Tampa Bay, they know what to ask and how to guide you after a rear end car accident. Call them 24 hours a day at 727-796-8282 or simply click here to schedule a free case consultation.