Even if you exercise safe driving and are very vigilant when on the road, an accident can still occur at any time. Rear-end accidents, in particular, can catch responsible drivers off-guard.

If you were involved in a rear-end accident and suffered personal injuries of any kind, you may be able to recover compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other damages. A Dayton rear-end collisions lawyer from the Fitch Law Firm may be able to help you pursue this compensation in settlement negotiations or a personal injury lawsuit.

Contact the Fitch Law Firm at (937) 660-4232 to speak with a member of our team in a free consultation on your case. We may be able to work for you on a contingency-fee basis with no up-front payment necessary.

Causes of Rear-End Collisions

According to the Insurance Information Institute, rear-end crashes killed over 2,400 people in the United States in 2017 alone. There are many ways that a rear-end collision can occur. Consider the following examples:

  • A driver operates a vehicle while drowsy, distracted, or under the influence of drugs or alcohol. As a result, his or her reaction times are prolonged, and he or she takes too long to react to a vehicle stopping in front of them.
  • A driver tailgates another vehicle too closely and ends up striking it when it makes a sudden stop.
  • Poor brake maintenance or worn brakes can prevent a vehicle from coming to a timely stop.
  • Unclear or missing road signs, traffic signals, or traffic devices that lead to sudden stops and starts in traffic.
  • Speeding can prevent a driver from stopping in time, even if he or she quickly identifies a road hazard and immediately applies the brakes.
  • Reckless, negligent, or rash driving can increase the likelihood of striking someone from behind.

Most, if not all, of these causes are due to the negligent actions of another party. If you believe another party’s negligence caused your injuries, call the Fitch Law Firm today at (937) 660-4232.

Rear-End Collision Injuries and Damages

Rear-end collisions subject the occupants of the vehicle that was struck to sudden and considerable force from the rear. The injuries seen in rear-end accidents can be somewhat different from those seen in other types of accidents. Injuries that rear-end accident victims may experience include:

  • Whiplash, spinal cord, nerve, and back injuries
  • Concussions
  • Brain and head trauma
  • Broken bones
  • Bone fracture.
  • Sprains and strains
  • Knee injuries
  • Airbag impact injuries

Tragically, some rear-end accidents result in fatal injuries. If your family member was killed in a rear-end collision, the Fitch Law Firm may be able to help you recover compensation in a wrongful death lawsuit.

Fault and Liability for Rear-End Collisions

Although the rear driver that struck another vehicle from behind is commonly at fault in rear-end collisions, victims may still need to demonstrate liability with evidence, especially if the other party tries to deny wrongdoing.

Proving fault for an accident usually involves showing the following:

  • That the at-fault driver had a duty of care to drive with the safety of others in mind
  • That a failure to drive safely or safely operate a vehicle resulted in an accident
  • That the victim suffered injuries as a result
  • That the victim’s injuries led to losses in terms of physical, financial, or mental damages

Depending on the circumstances surrounding the rear-end collision you were involved in, there are many ways fault can be determined. Consider the following forms of proof that may be used in a rear-end collision case:

  • Photographic or video evidence in the form of dashcam footage or surveillance camera and CCTV footage can be used to see what happened and how an accident unfolded.
  • The official police report on the accident can be obtained to read the assessment of the law enforcement officials who arrived on the scene.
  • Signage and road conditions can be appraised to determine if a local government body was at fault for a failure to remove dangerous road conditions that caused or contributed to an accident.
  • Testimony from accident reconstruction experts may be obtained.

A Dayton rear-end collisions lawyer from the Fitch Law Firm can help you determine which rules and which contributing factors can be included in a claim based on the circumstances of your case.

Recoverable Damages in a Rear-End Collision

Depending on the specifics of your case, you may be able to seek compensation for losses and damages that include:

  • Medical care and treatment costs for personal injuries
  • Rehabilitation, therapy, and medical supply expenses
  • Lost income
  • Lost future income if the accident bars your ability to work
  • Property damage
  • And more

A different set of damages, including funeral and burial expenses, may be available in a wrongful death lawsuit.

The Fitch Law Firm May Be Able to Represent You

It can be difficult to seek compensation for damages after suffering a rear-end collision, especially if you were injured and need to focus on your recovery. This is where a Dayton rear-end collisions lawyer with the Fitch Law Firm may be able to help. From gathering case-related evidence to filing a claim and negotiating with the at-fault parties responsible for the accident on your behalf, the Fitch Law Firm may be able to provide you with assistance in an understandably trying time.

Accident victims in Dayton should be aware that, per Ohio Revised Code § 2305.10, a general two-year statute of limitations applies to personal injury lawsuits.

To learn more about our services in a free consultation with a member of our team, call the Fitch Law Firm today at (937) 660-4232.