Rear end collisions are the most common type of car crash. Luckily, most are minor fender benders. When they are more serious, however, injuries may occur. If you suffered injuries in an Ohio rear end crash, you may be able to hold the driver of the car that hit you financially responsible for your car accident damages. A rear end collision accident and injury lawyer in Gahanna can help.
Attorney David Bressman and the rest of the Bressman Law car accident team are here to help you file an insurance claim or pursue a personal injury lawsuit. We may be able to help you recover the money you need to pay for your medical care, cover lost wages, and compensate you for pain and suffering damages. We investigate every car accident case we handle, forming a solid strategy to prove negligence and hold the at-fault driver liable. Call our office in Central Ohio today at 877-538-1116. We offer complimentary case evaluations and consultations.
Options for Getting Compensation After a Gahanna Rear End Collision
In general, there are two options we can pursue to recover damages on your behalf after a crash. These are:
- Filing a third-party liability auto insurance claim based on the at-fault driver’s auto insurance policy; or
- Filing a personal injury lawsuit and asking a judge to award you fair compensation.
Typically, we can recover damages for our clients without having to file a lawsuit. We collect evidence to prove negligence and liability and determine the value of your damages. Then, we send a demand letter to the at-fault driver’s insurance company. From there, we can usually negotiate a fair settlement that takes your damages into account.
Some rear end collision injuries, especially soft tissue injuries of the neck and upper back, are hard to prove. Insurance companies often try to minimize these injuries, so we may have to present extra medical evidence or documentation of your suffering.
A successful insurance claim may allow you to recover compensation for a number of losses and expenses, including:
- Medical bills;
- Physical therapy costs;
- Ongoing care costs for serious or lasting injuries;
- Lost wages and future lost wages and related benefits;
- Other related expenses; and
- Pain and suffering damages.
We can usually win a payout in rear end collision cases without taking the case to trial. Occasionally, though, the insurance company will refuse to believe our evidence or deny your claim outright. If this occurs, we are not afraid to litigate any case. We will take our evidence in front of a judge and jury and present a strong case for compensation.
Negligence and Liability in a Gahanna Rear End Collision Accident
While it is not the case in all accidents, generally the driver in the rear is at fault for a rear end crash. In most situations, the driver of the front vehicle has little control over what happens behind them.
Still, the rear driver is only liable if they acted in a negligent manner, meaning they made a careless, reckless, or unreasonable mistake. We need to prove they acted negligently and show how this caused your crash before we can file your claim for compensation. Some of the most common ways a rear driver causes a crash are:
- Following too closely, especially on wet or slick roads;
- Speeding or driving too fast for current road conditions;
- Drunk driving or drugged driving, including legal drugs that impair reaction time;
- Distracted driving, such as tuning the radio or texting and driving; and
- Driving while fatigued or drowsy, or falling asleep behind the wheel.
We can help you confirm the rear driver caused your rear end crash, or uncover proof that another driver played a role in the wreck. We will fully investigate your case, establish negligence and liability, and file a third-party liability auto insurance claim to try to recover the compensation you deserve.
Understanding What It Takes to Win Your Case
While rear end collisions can lead to broken bones, spinal cord injuries, and even traumatic brain injuries, some of the most common injuries stemming from this type of crash are also challenging to document. Whiplash [In Progress: link to https://www.bressmanlaw.com/gahanna-injury/whiplash-lawyer/] and other soft tissue injuries of the neck, shoulders, and upper back are common in these crashes. Unfortunately, these injuries do not show up on x-rays, MRIs, CT scans, or other medical imaging.
Whiplash can cause intense neck pain and headaches and may limit your range of motion. Some people recover in a few weeks, but others suffer long-term impairments related to the inflammation, limited motion, and chronic pain. Doctors can only diagnose the condition by considering your symptoms and ruling out other concerns.
This makes it difficult to prove this type of injury and the lasting impacts of it. The insurance company may balk at paying for ongoing physical therapy or lost wages from weeks away from work, for example. To combat this, we often call in specialists who can help us document how your injuries occurred and how they affect your everyday life. We may turn to accident reconstruction specialists and medical experts to help us prove your case. We might also take other steps to document your condition and the limitations it causes.
Talk to a Rear End Collision Accident and Injury Lawyer Today.
At Bressman Law, attorney David Bressman works one-on-one with each client. He gets to know them and strives to understand their fears, concerns, and hopes for the future.
Our team offers concierge-level services and personalized support to help crash victims in Gahanna and the surrounding area.
Call us today at 877-538-1116 for your complimentary case review.