Rear End Accidents
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that rear-end crashes “are the most frequently occurring type of collision, accounting for approximately 29 percent of all crashes and resulting in a substantial number of injuries and fatalities each year.” Even after manufacturers added the center high mounted stop lamps in 1986 and later models, these crashes continued to occur frequently, with only about a four percent reduction in number.
In today’s world of multiple distractions, drivers are even more likely to take their eyes off the road, increasing the risk of hitting the car in front of them, should there be a sudden slow-down, traffic jam, highway obstruction, or other typical occurrence.
When you’re hit from behind, you may suffer from minor injuries, or if the vehicle was going fast or hit you under the right condition, the injuries can be more severe. If the accident involves multiple vehicles, the results can be disastrous.
The personal injury lawyers at Chaffin Luhana understand that even though the other driver is usually at fault in a rear-end accident, there can be other factors at work that can affect liability and help your recover damages from the at-fault driver. They use their experience to examine all facets of the case and help you recover optimal damages.
Types and Causes of Rear-End Collisions
According to the Ohio Department of Public Safety, there were about 75,500 rear-end collisions out of a total of about 270,000 in Ohio in 2013, causing 65 deaths and 21,105 injuries.
What causes these types of injuries? It may be any of the following:
- Driver following is negligent—distracted, fatigued, going too fast, following too closely, under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or disregarding difficult weather conditions.
- Road conditions—if the road is improperly maintained, it may be a factor in a rear-end accident.
- Construction—a construction site can increase risk of rear-end collisions if it is not properly set up or managed
- Other elements in the road—pedestrians, animals, blowing debris, and more can all cause a driver to stop unexpectedly
- Accidents—sudden accidents in the road can cause everyone to stop quickly.
Though the driver following is typically at fault in these types of accidents, there are occasions when the driver who is hit was the negligent one. This may occur if the driver was driving recklessly, made sudden lane changes, disregarded traffic signs, failed to use turn signals, had malfunctioning brake lights, backed up in an improper or unsafe manner, passed improperly, failed to pull a faulty car over to the side of the road, or was under the influence at the time of the accident.
Types of Injuries from a Rear-End Collision
Typical injuries that may occur in a rear-end collision include:
- Cracked or broken teeth
- Facial injuries
- Wrist injuries
- Seat belt injuries
- Spinal cord damage
- More severe head trauma
- Internal organ damage
Some injuries from a rear-end accident can take days to weeks to become fully apparent. This makes it critically important that victims get a full medical checkup after the accident, and follow instruction on follow-up care.
Your Rear-End Collision Lawyer Can Help
In most cases, insurance companies will cover basic medical costs for the victim of a rear-end collision, but to recover funds for long-term medical care, disability, lost wages, reduced quality of life, and more, severely injured victims often have to turn to a rear-end accident lawsuit.
If you or a loved one suffered a serious injury or even death because of a rear-end collision, contact the personal injury lawyers at Chaffin Luhana for help. We have decades of experience dealing with these types of accidents, and work to uncover every possible avenue of recovery. To find out how we can help you, contact us today.
We represent individuals in the Ohio Valley in West Virginia, Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio.