Rear-End Collisions Cause Neck Trauma And Other Serious Injuries
When a moving vehicle strikes the rear-end of a stationary vehicle, its kinetic energy transfers to the standing vehicle and causes it to jump forward. If the standing vehicle is behind other standing vehicles it may be pushed into the one directly in front of it, in a chain reaction. Kinetic energy of the original car dissipates quickly, but its size and speed may have given it enough kinetic energy to damage two or more vehicles ahead and cause numerous injuries.
Drivers involved in rear-end crashes most often sustain whiplash. This occurs when a sudden rear impact causes the passenger’s head to slam back into the headrest of their seat, and then rebound forward beyond the normal range of movement. Headrests have been standard equipment on all American-built vehicles and imports since 1968, in order to restrict this backward movement.
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At Crandall & Pera Law, we have an enviable record of success in helping individuals and families throughout Ohio who were injured by negligent drivers. We have obtained this success through diligently piecing together details and identifying the best possible expert to prove causation. We prepare each case for trial even though many will settle prior to a court trial.
The Ohio statute of limitations for personal injury cases gives an injured person two years from the date of an injury to file a lawsuit. For this reason, it is crucial that you take action right away. You can schedule a free consultation by calling 877-686-8879 now.
How Serious Are Rear-End Collision Injuries?
A “whiplash” injury may cause nothing more than a stiff neck for a few days, or it may cause damage to the cervical spine and spinal cord, severe and lasting neck pain and headache, restricted head and neck motion, or even paralysis. For that reason, a medical evaluation is necessary, to determine the nature and extent of any injury, and to ensure that there is no imminent danger of its becoming worse.
A victim could also sustain other injuries such as fractures, neck and spinal trauma, head injuries, serious bruising and internal bleeding.
How Does Ohio Law Treat Rear-End Collision Liability?
Ohio is a “tort liability” state in which there is a comparative negligence rule. Someone injured in a car accident may have to file a claim against the at-fault driver and prove his or her responsibility in order to be compensated for his or her losses. Although it’s customary in some places for the rearmost driver in a chain rear-end collision to be declared at fault, in Ohio the plaintiff(s) still needs to prove that the driver was operating his or her vehicle negligently by driving distractedly, texting or being otherwise inattentive.
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