If you were involved in a rear-end car accident in Cincinnati, either as the front or back driver, you may be eligible for compensation. While the old adage of the back driver always being at fault has some truth, it is often possible in the state of Ohio to recover compensation even when you were the one who rear-ended the other car. Before making any assumptions about liability, speak with a Cincinnati rear-end collision lawyer who can evaluate your case and let you know your options for pursuing compensation.
Bressman Law is a car accident law firm serving Cincinnati and the surrounding cities. We have helped clients in various car accident situations recover damages from the other driver and the insurance company. Our dozens of glowing client reviews speak for themselves: our clients are loyal to us because of the level of service they received and, even more important, the positive outcomes of their cases. We are so committed to getting you the results you deserve and nothing less that our firm never charges a fee until you get paid.
For a free rear-end collision consultation today with a member of the Bressman Law team in Cincinnati, call our office at (614) 538-1116.
The Other Driver Should Pay You for the Damages You Have Incurred
Drivers often have many assumptions about head-on collisions and the liability that arises from them. While many of these preconceived notions are true, some are not. And even the true ones have exceptions and caveats. That is why we recommend that anyone who has been injured in a car accident of any kind—including a rear-end collision—speak with a lawyer before assuming they are or are not eligible for compensation.
So who is liable for a head-on collision? If you have heard that it is “always” the back driver, you have heard wrong. The word “always” renders the adage untrue, as there are certain situations and scenarios in which the front driver may bear some or all of the liability for a rear-end collision. These situations include:
Sudden Braking for No Reason
When a driver locks up their brakes for no reason—or for a bad reason, such as to “punish” a driver they feel is tailgating or following too closely—screeching to a halt from a speed of 55, 65, or 75 miles per hour, causing another motorist to rear-end them, they will likely be dealt some (if not all) of the liability for the collision.
While it is true that all drivers are expected to maintain a safe following distance from the vehicle in front (as affirmed by AARP), it is also true that drivers should not engage in reckless or dangerous behavior to intimidate or harass another motorist. A driver who arbitrarily throws on their brakes and causes a rear-end collision may be liable for any injuries or property damage that results.
Cutting a Driver off and Then Braking
A driver who gets rear-ended may also be assigned a share (or all) of the liability if the evidence shows they cut the other driver off before slamming on their brakes. In that kind of scenario, the back driver and their attorney would argue that due to the aggressive behavior of the front driver, the back driver did not have time to adjust and keep a three-second following distance before the front driver sharply braked.
If you were the back driver in a rear-end collision, we will evaluate your case and determine if there are ways to hold the other driver liable. We will get to work right away on your case evaluation and speak honestly about your legal options and what to expect from the process. We look forward to working with you and are eager to hear from you. Call the Bressman Law team at (614) 538-1116 today to learn more about how a Cincinnati rear-end collision lawyer can help.
For a free legal consultation with a rear-end collisions attorney in Cincinnati, call (614) 538-1116
Potential Compensation for a Rear-End Collision in Cincinnati
Our attorneys will fight for both economic and noneconomic compensation for your car accident injuries. You may be eligible to recover money for:
- Current and future medical bills
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Emotional distress
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Keep the Statute of Limitations on Ohio Car Accident Lawsuits in Mind
The statute of limitations in Ohio is generally two years for most car accident injury lawsuits under Ohio Revised Code Section 2125.02, but can vary if your case has unique circumstances—which many do, whether the victim realizes it or not. Bressman Law can evaluate your case and take quick legal action if there are impending deadlines threatening to time-bar your case.
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Call a Free Car Accident Consultation Today
A Cincinnati rear-end collision lawyer at Bressman Law is ready to get to work for you. If we do not win you money, you do not pay us anything. For a free consultation, call (614) 538-1116. You do not need to pursue justice alone. The insurance company may undervalue or wrongfully deny your claim. We are familiar with their tactics, and are ready to negotiate with them on your behalf so you do not have to do so. You have rights, and we want to work to protect them.
If you unfortunately lost a loved one in the rear-end collision you suffered, we are very sorry and you have our deepest apologies. You have enough to handle right now, and should not bother yourself with complicated and confusing paperwork. Let us tackle the legal work so you can grieve and recover in peace. Please be aware, however, that the statute of limitations generally limits you to two years.