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Rear-end accidents are a common form of accident that occurs when the front
of one vehicle collides with the rear end of another. These accidents
can often result in serious injuries, and Ohio’s fault laws can
limit your options to recover compensation. Our Columbus car accident
attorneys can help you fight for the compensation you are entitled to
and help you show that you are not at fault for the accident.
Contact our offices today to learn how Rourke & Blumenthal can help
What Causes Rear-End Accidents?
Rear-end collisions can occur in a number of situations. Commonly, the
lead car will slow or stop, and the following car will not have time to
react. Intersections can be a common location for rear-end accidents,
but the Ohio Department of Transportation also reports that more than
half of all rear-end accidents in the state occur on freeways and interstates.
Other factors that contribute to rear-end accidents are:
- Texting or distracted driving
- Drunk or drugged driving
- Driver inexperience
- Reckless driving
- Failure to stop for signals and signs
- Failure to pull completely off the road
Who Is At Fault in a Rear-End Accident?
While it may be common to believe that the second driver is always at fault,
this isn’t always true. The actions of the lead driver may cause
the following driver to be unable to avoid the accident. The plaintiff
in any personal injury case must provide proof that the defendant is at
fault. Our Columbus car accident lawyers are well versed in investigating
accidents and gathering evidence of fault.
Ohio follows a 51% comparative fault law. This means that you can only
recover damages if you are considered to be less than 51% at fault for
the accident. You will only be able to recover compensation for the portion
of accident you are not at fault for. This means you will be able to recover
far more compensation for an accident that you are 30% at fault for, than
one for which you have of the 50% of the blame.
This allows the lead driver to be held liable for their responsibility
in the accident. If the lead driver stops suddenly, turns without signaling,
doesn’t pull over completely, or doesn’t have working taillights,
they may cause a rear-end collision. In situations like these, the lead
driver may be held partially liable for your accident.
It is critical to document the accident scene with witness testimony and
photographs to ensure that you can recover compensation. A police report
is an important record of the events that your insurance company may rely
upon to determine fault, so you should call the police after your accident.
Your attorney can help you fully document the extent of your medical treatment
Injuries Caused By Rear-End Collisions
Often, these accidents happen at low speeds and are relatively minor, but
it is possible that serious injures can be caused by a collision. These
injuries may include:
- Facial and head injuries
- Hand, wrist, and arm injuries
- Nerve damage in the back and legs
- Airbag-related injuries
- Bruising and soft tissue damage
- Blunt force trauma and internal organ injuries
- Concussions and traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Spinal cord injuries (SCI)
Speak to a Columbus Auto Accident Lawyer - (614) 321-3212
If you’ve been injured in a rear-end collision, you shouldn’t
have to face this difficult time alone. At Rourke & Blumenthal, we
have more than 75 years of collective legal experience to draw from, and
you can trust that our award-winning team will put your best interests
first. Our Columbus car accident attorneys are prepared to help you protect
your rights and receive well-deserved compensation for your injuries.
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