One of the most common types of car accidents is a rear-end collision. Maybe you were hit from behind while stopped at a red light on Main Street, rear-ended by a driver following too closely on I-270, or got rammed into from behind by a texting driver on Columbus's Outerbelt.
Regardless, the thing all those scenarios have in common is negligence by the rear driver.
Common factors that often contribute to rear-end accidents include tailgating, speeding, drunk driving, distracted driving, and failure to adjust for weather conditions (e.g., slick roads from snow, ice, or rain).
Unfortunately, rear-end crashes often result in whiplash, concussions, spinal cord injuries, broken bones, and other severe injuries. Delayed pain is also very common in rear-end accidents, meaning it could be days or weeks before you know you've been injured.
That's why if another driver rear-ended you, your first step is to get checked out by a doctor as soon as possible. Then, you should talk to an experienced car accident attorney to review your legal rights and options.
Common rear-end accident injuries
Rear-enders are sometimes described as "minor" crashes," but even at low speeds, a rear-end collision has the potential to cause a lot of damage to a person's body.
Here are some of the most common rear-end accident injuries:
- Head injuries - The force involved in a car accident is powerful, even at speeds under 30 mph. Common head injuries from rear-end accidents include a fractured skull, broken nose, bruising, cuts, disfigurement, permanent scarring, and eye injuries.
- Whiplash - Neck pain caused by the rapid back and forth, side to side, motion of a car crash is known as "whiplash." The pain may be immediate, or victims can take days or weeks to feel it. If left untreated, whiplash can develop into chronic pain, limit your range of motion, and decrease your ability to drive, sleep, and enjoy life.
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) - Examples of TBIs include concussions, brain hemorrhages, punctures, bruising, and nerve damage. Many people who suffer a brain injury never fully recover. Depending on the depth and location of the injury, a brain injury can negatively affect brain function and body control.
- Spinal cord injuries and nerve damage - Any damage to the spine or spinal cord is cause for concern. The nerves protected by your vertebrae control your body functions. Paralysis and decreased control of body functions are potential long-term issues. Common SCIs include slipped or bulging discs (herniated discs), nerve damage, and fractures.
- Internal organ injuries - Broken ribs, internal bleeding, aorta ruptures, a ruptured spleen, and other organ damage are all possible after a rear-end accident. If not treated immediately, these injuries can be life-threatening.
- Broken bones - Some of the bones most likely to fracture in a rear-end crash are your skull (if you hit the windshield or another part of the car hard enough), collar bone (clavicle), neck vertebrae, ribs, arms, legs, and wrists.
Contact a rear-end accident lawyer in Ohio today.
If you were injured in a rear-end collision in Ohio, you might think you don't need help from an attorney to recover the compensation you're entitled to. But unfortunately, insurance adjusters have a habit of finding ways to delay, dispute, and deny valid claims. And while the insurance company may not dispute fault in a rear-end accident, they may try to downplay the severity of your injuries or argue they were pre-existing.
At the Gervelis Law Firm, we know the tricks insurance companies use to limit compensation—and we don't fall for them. We understand what it takes to build a winning case in Ohio, and we won't let an insurance adjuster try to pressure you into accepting less than what you deserve.
Tell them you mean business. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with an experienced rear-end accident attorney from our law firm. We have offices in Akron, Canfield, Columbus, Toledo, and Warren.