Columbus Rear-end Collision Attorney
Award-Winning Ohio Car Accident Lawyers
A rear-end collision is typically not the most serious type of car crash that can occur, but it can result in very painful and serious injuries, sometimes resulting in permanent disability. Because they are so often casually dismissed as not serious, it can be particularly difficult to recover the full amount of compensation you should receive after being injured in a rear-end crash through no fault of your own. If you were in the rear vehicle but believe the other driver was responsible for the crash, your road to recovery can be especially challenging.
At the law office of Brian G. Miller, L.P.A., our Columbus rear-end collision attorney excel in helping injured individuals make legal recoveries from negligent drivers in all types of situations. If you’ve been hurt in a rear-end crash in Southern, Ohio, Central Ohio, or West Virginia, don’t allow for your claim to be undervalued or dismissed by the insurance company or an unsympathetic jury. Call our law firm at our offices in Columbus or Worthington to discuss your potential claim with an experienced and successful Columbus motor vehicle accident attorney.
Who is at fault in a rear-end crash?
The average person, and the average insurance company, is quick to blame the rear driver in any rear-end accident, but this is not always the case. The rear driver is at fault in most rear-end collisions, typically due to distracted driving, drunk driving, or failing to keep an assured clear distance ahead, but there are plenty of exceptions. Consider the following complicated fault situations:
- A negligent third party caused the driver in front to stop short
- A negligent third party caused the rear driver to veer into another lane and rear-end another car
- A driver gets rear-ended and rear-ends the car ahead in a complex, multi-vehicle chain-reaction crash
More often than not, however, the rear driver was looking down at a phone, the radio or papers in the car and did not look up in time to notice the car ahead had stopped and avoid crashing into the vehicle. The forward vehicle may have stopped due to traffic or to allow a pedestrian to cross in a marked crosswalk, and the rear driver is completely or almost completely to blame.
Call an experienced Columbus car accident attorney to investigate and analyze the crash and discuss your options with you.
Rear-end crashes can cause painful, debilitating injuries
Cars absorb a lot of the energy from an impact, but the rest is transferred to the vehicle occupants. The speeds of both cars are multiplied together to calculate the force of the crash, and even if the cars are traveling slowly or one car has stopped, serious injuries can result from a rear-end collision. Some of the more serious injuries include:
- Herniated discs and injuries to the spinal cord
- Fractures of the hand or wrist
- Facial lacerations
- Head and traumatic brain injuries, concussions
- Broken hips and other broken bones
Whiplash is the most common injury in a rear-end collision
Whiplash is a common injury following a rear-end collision. Whiplash is also known as acceleration-deceleration syndrome, which describes the action that occurs when the neck and spine go in two different directions at once and are thrown rapidly back and forth. This action is likely to stretch, strain or even tear the ligaments and muscles in the neck or back and even cause herniated discs or bulging discs in necks and backs.
These days, doctors use the term whiplash-associated disorders to describe the variety of injuries that can result from rapid acceleration-deceleration in a rear-end crash. These injuries are universally painful and can further result in limited mobility, chronic headaches, and pain not just in the neck but sometimes radiating down the arms or presenting in the lower back, tingling in the hands or legs, or numbness in the hands or legs
At the law offices of Brian G. Miller Co., L.P.A., we know that the pain and soreness you feel and the functional limitations you are going through are very real. More importantly, we know how to present these claims to the insurance company or a jury in a way that proves your case and allows to be compensated for your losses.
Our Experienced Columbus Car Accident Lawyers Can Help With Rear-End Collision Claims
The Columbus car accident attorneys at Brian G. Miller Co., L.P.A. can help with all facets of a rear-end collision claim, including identifying the negligent party and proving his or her liability and fault, appropriately analyzing any applicable percentage of comparative fault, and ensuring that your claims are presented in an effective manner.
If you’ve been injured in a rear-end collision in Central or Southern Ohio, call Brian G. Miller Co., L.P.A. in Columbus and Worthington to discuss your case and explore your options with an experienced and dedicated Columbus car accident lawyer.