Rear-end Collisions Cause Neck Trauma and Other Serious Injuries
Ohio automobile accident attorneys advocate for clients injured when a negligent driver smashes into the rear of their vehicle
A 2012 report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) disclosed that 28 percent of automobile crashes were rear-end collisions, making them the most frequently occurring crashes. Despite safety equipment such as airbags, headrests, and seatbelts, rear-end collisions continue to cause serious and sometimes permanent injuries.
If you or a loved one was injured in a rear-end collision caused by another’s negligence, seek the guidance of an experienced Ohio car accident attorney at Crandall & Pera Law as soon as possible. We have an enviable record of success in helping individuals and families throughout Ohio who were injured by negligent drivers. Let Crandall & Pera Law put our years of experience to work for you.
What happens during a rear-end collision?
When a moving vehicle strikes the rear end of a stationary vehicle its kinetic energy is transferred 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 kind of chain reaction. Although the kinetic energy of the original car dissipates quickly, its size and speed may have given it enough kinetic energy to damage two or more vehicles ahead and cause injuries to their occupants
Drivers whose cars are struck in the rear most often sustain an injury called whiplash. This occurs when a sudden rear impact causes the muscles of the neck and the cervical vertebrae of the spinal column which occurs when a rear impact causes a driver’s and/or passenger’s head to slam back into the headrest of their seat, and then rebound forward beyond the normal range of movement. Since 1968 headrests have been standard equipment on all American-built vehicles and imports, in order to restrict the head’s backward movement in case of a rear end collision.
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 need to prove that the driver was operating his or her vehicle negligently by driving distractedly, texting or being otherwise inattentive. Since these kinds of accidents can become complicated, seek the guidance of an experienced Ohio rear-end collision lawyer as soon as possible.
Let our Ohio lawyers be your counsel for auto accident injuries
If you have been injured, or a loved one injured or killed in an automobile accident, you should seek legal advice as soon as possible. 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 against those responsible, and if a suit is not brought in time you may permanently lose any right to recover compensation. A qualified Ohio automobile accident attorney can help by being the point of contact between you and all other parties, including other drivers’ insurance companies and claims adjusters, and by overseeing the collection and evaluation of all the medical information and investigative reports necessary for your claim.
When liability is to be shared, let one of our attorneys ensure that it is shared equitably, consistent with the facts of the case. Please call us at 877-686-8879 or fill out our contact form to schedule a no-obligation consultation. We have five Ohio law offices conveniently located in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Chesterland and Chagrin Falls.