Rear End Collision Lawyer in Hilliard
Rear-end accidents can cause serious injuries. Whether the accident is a minor fender bender or happened at high speed, victims may suffer severe, debilitating injuries. Whiplash is one of the most common injuries in rear-end accidents, but victims may also suffer broken bones, brain injuries, and spinal cord injuries. All these injuries can limit your ability to live and work as you did before the collision.
If you suffered injuries in a rear-end accident, Bressman Law can help. We can hold the at-fault driver financially responsible for your injuries and financial damages. Call us today at 877-538-1116 to discuss your case with a rear-end collision lawyer in Hilliard.
Is the Rear Driver Always At-Fault in a Rear-End Collision?
No. However, the rear driver is liable for a rear-end collision in most cases. Some driving behaviors that contribute to these crashes include:
- Following too closely (tailgating)
- Driving too fast for conditions, such as on wet or icy roads
- Driving while intoxicatedor under the influence of drugs
- Distracted driving
- Fatigued driving
Rear-end accidents for which the driver in front may be at fault include those caused by cutting off another driver, failing to yield, or pulling into the road without checking for oncoming traffic. If you were the rear driver and were involved in an unavoidable rear-end accident because of another driver’s negligent behavior, we will gather evidence to prove the other driver’s fault.
In some cases, neither party involved in the accident is at-fault (e.g., the car in front of you slammed on the brakes to avoid hitting a driver who ran a red light). If another party caused or contributed to the accident, we can examine surveillance video and take eyewitness statements to prove that party acted negligently and should be liable for the injuries you suffered.
How Does the Car Accident Claims Process Work in Central Ohio?
To collect compensation for your rear-end accident injuries, we can file a claim with the at-fault driver’s auto insurance company. Ohio requires all motorists to carry a certain amount of car insurance:
- $25,000 for medical care per individual
- $50,000 for the medical care of all accident victims
- $25,000 for property damaged in the crash
We will collect evidence to document your accident-related expenses and losses, proving the full value of your damages and forcing the insurance company to take your case seriously instead of shrugging it off as “just” a rear-end collision.
When we approach the insurance company to file your claim, we present this proof and request compensation to cover the full range of your losses, including
- Emergency care
- Follow-up and on-going medical care
- Physical therapy
- Lost wages and earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
Filing a claim on your behalf usually leads to settlement negotiations with the insurance company. We can often reach a fair settlement at this point in the process.
If the insurance company refuses a fair settlement for your injuries and damages, we can file a lawsuit in an attempt to prompt a higher settlement offer. If it still refuses, we can take the case to court and let the judge determine your payout.
Why Do I Need a Rear-end Collision Lawyer?
Rear-end collision claims are difficult for a few reasons:
Everyone Assumes the Rear Driver Was At-fault
If the driver in front of you caused your collision, we can investigate your case and gather the evidence we need to convince the insurer that this case is different than most others. We can interview eyewitnesses, obtain surveillance footage, and work with accident reconstruction experts to prove you were the innocent victim of this accident.
Common Rear-End Accident Injuries Are Hard to Prove
Whiplash injuries are notoriously difficult to prove because imaging tests may not definitively document the condition. With a broken leg, an x-ray clearly shows the break. When it comes to whiplash, the muscles, tendons, and ligaments of your neck stretch beyond their normal range of motion; patients experience pain, swelling, and other symptoms that may not be visible on medical imaging.
And because insurers will do what they can to avoid paying out for your injury, they will use this lack of proof to deny your claim.
To combat this, we need to ensure your doctor and other medical specialists document your injury, symptoms, and lasting limitations in your medical records. It is important to continue your physical therapy and other treatment until your doctor releases you, and not to return to work or other activities until approved by your care providers. Doing so could hurt your case, reducing the compensation we can collect for your injuries.
Insurers Will Argue Your Collision Was Not Severe Enough to Cause Injury
The insurer might also argue that your rear-end collision was not serious and could not have resulted in the severe injuries, (e.g., spinal fracture or traumatic brain injury) you are claiming.
Our years of experience have prepared us for defenses like this. We anticipate them and ensure we have a defense ready.
How Can I Discuss My Case with a Rear-end Collision & Injury Lawyer Near Me?
You can discuss your case with a local rear-end accident attorney by giving us a call today. At Bressman Law, attorney David Bressman and his team are ready to go to work for you. We offer concierge-level services with a personal touch. To us, each client is more than just another case. We focus on your individual needs and priorities and fight for the best possible outcome for you.