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Rear-end collisions are a common occurrence in the United States, accounting for about 30% of all car accidents. While many of these accidents are minor fender benders, some can cause serious injuries and lifelong disabilities.

Our Cleveland rear-end collision lawyers at Spangenberg Shibley & Liber LLP represent clients who have been injured in all types of car accidents. We are dedicated to helping injured victims and their families across the state of Ohio.

If you have been injured in a rear-end accident, contact our firm at (216) 600-0114 for a free consultation.

Common Causes of Rear-End Collisions

A rear-end collision is a type of traffic accident where one vehicle crashes into the back of another vehicle. These accidents typically occur when the following vehicle fails to stop or slow down in time to avoid hitting the vehicle in front, often due to tailgating, distraction, sudden braking by the leading vehicle, or poor road conditions.

Rear-end collisions can range in severity from minor fender-benders to more serious accidents causing significant damage to vehicles and injuries to occupants. In some cases, rear-end collisions can result in multiple-vehicle pileups, especially on highways or congested roads.

Common causes of rear-end collisions include:

  1. Following too closely (tailgating): When a driver follows the vehicle in front too closely, they have less time to react if the leading vehicle brakes suddenly.
  2. Distracted driving: Activities such as texting, talking on the phone, eating, or adjusting the radio can divert a driver's attention from the road and increase the likelihood of a rear-end collision.
  3. Speeding: Driving at excessive speeds reduces the driver's ability to stop quickly, increasing the risk of rear-end collisions, especially in congested traffic.
  4. Poor weather conditions: Rain, snow, ice, or fog can reduce visibility and make roads slippery, leading to difficulties in stopping and increased chances of rear-end collisions.
  5. Fatigue: Tired or drowsy drivers may have slower reaction times and reduced awareness, making them more prone to rear-end collisions.
  6. Mechanical issues: Malfunctioning brakes or other vehicle defects can impair a driver's ability to stop in time to avoid a collision.

Liability in Rear-End Collisions

In most rear-end accident cases, the driver of the vehicle that hits the other vehicle from behind is held liable for the accident. This is because all drivers have a responsibility to follow other vehicles at a safe distance and to be prepared to stop if the vehicle in front of them stops. This is especially important in heavy traffic or in poor weather conditions.

However, there are some cases in which the driver of the vehicle that was hit from behind is held liable. For example, if the driver is backing up and hits another vehicle, or stops abruptly without any working brake lights, they may be held liable for the accident.

Common Injuries in Rear-End Collisions

Rear-end accidents can cause a variety of injuries, ranging from minor to severe. Even minor injuries can result in significant pain and suffering, as well as medical expenses and lost wages. For this reason, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible after a rear-end collision, even if you do not think you are injured.

Some common injuries in rear-end accidents include:

  • Whiplash
  • Head injuries
  • Back injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Neck injuries

Whiplash is one of the most common injuries in rear-end accidents. This is an injury to the neck that is caused by a sudden jerking motion, such as what occurs in a rear-end collision. Symptoms of whiplash may not appear immediately after the accident, but can develop within 24 hours. Symptoms can include pain and stiffness in the neck, back, and shoulders, headaches, dizziness, blurred vision, and fatigue.

How to File a Rear-End Collision Claim

If you have been injured in a rear-end collision, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and other damages. To file a claim, you will need to establish that the other driver was at fault for the accident and that you have suffered damages as a result of the accident.

Unfortunately, the claims process may not be as smooth as you would hope. Insurers are committed to making a profit, so much so that adjusters could reduce or even deny a valid claim. At Spangenberg Shibley & Liber LLP, our Cleveland rear-end collision attorneys can help you file a claim and fight for your maximum compensation.

Call us today at (216) 600-0114 or contact us online to learn more about how we can assist you.

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