Rear-end auto collisions are among the most common types of accidents. Unfortunately, that doesn’t make them any less serious. Nearly half of all two-vehicle crashes are rear-end collisions, and many of these accidents involve whiplash, serious neck injuries, hospital visits, or thousands of dollars worth of car damage. You should not be left paying the bill for an accident that wasn’t your fault.
At John Foy & Associates, we have been helping rear-end accident victims for over twenty years. We employ some of the best rear-end collision lawyers in the Columbus. We believe in helping victims make a recovery and move forward with their lives, and we always choose to represent the individuals or families affected by these accidents, never big insurance companies. We may be able to help you recover money for car repairs, a new vehicle, hospital bills, lost work time, and ongoing physical therapy or treatment. Find out what John Foy & Associates can do for you. Contact us at 706-400-4000 and get a free case evaluation today.
What counts as a rear-end auto collision?
There are a wide variety of circumstances that count as rear-end accidents. Generally speaking, any time the front of one car hits the back of another, it’s a rear-end collision. This is true regardless of the speeds involved. A car can be completely stopped, such as at a red light, and the car behind it taps the bumper—this is still a rear-end accident. Generally, low-speed rear-end incidents involve damage to the bumper, tail lights, trunk, and rear crumple zone. They may also trigger an air bag release which can be expensive and cause injuries. And even a low-speed accident can result in neck injuries that last months or years.
High speed rear-end accidents can be devastating. In the city of Columbus, we often see these on a highway, in poor visibility conditions, or when a car is pulled over on a busy road. These accidents can total both vehicles and may lead to serious lifelong injuries.
Causes of rear-end collisions include:
- Unsafe lane change
- Distracted driving
- Fog, rain or sun glare
What kinds of injuries do rear-end collisions typically cause?
The most common injuries from a rear-end collision are neck injuries, especially neck strain or “whiplash.” Whiplash is a serious condition that occurs when the head is suddenly thrown forward by the impact at the back of the car. This causes damage to the muscles and tendons in the neck, which may lead to pain that sets in immediately or not for several days after the accident. This pain can continue for years, and requires treatment.
Other common injuries include neck sprains, spinal cord injuries, paralysis, knee and leg injuries, and wrist injuries. If the airbag deploys, there may also be head injuries, brain injuries, a broken nose, and lacerations or bruising on the face.
Any injury sustained in a car accident is serious. Many accident victims have a tendency to insist they’re “fine” even if they can already feel pain, dizziness or other serious symptoms setting in. Don’t try to shrug it off—see a doctor as soon after your accident as possible.
How is a rear-end collision different than other types of car accidents?
Rear-end accidents happen every day. They can happen to people who are very safe, careful drivers, because you have no control over what the person behind you is doing. Considering how common they are, they also stand out as having particularly high injury rates and property damage costs.
But perhaps what makes rear-end accidents most unique is that it’s very easy to determine who is at fault. In most car accident cases, the insurance companies can argue for months over what happened and who caused the accident. They can try to blame you, the victim, and say you were negligent. In a rear-end collision this is uncommon. The majority of rear-end collisions were caused by the person driving the rear car. There are circumstances where this is not true—where the accident is the fault of the driver in front, or of a third party. But even in these cases it’s very easy to determine who is at fault. Generally, rear-end collisions are very straightforward, winnable cases.
What should I do if I’ve been in a rear-end collision?
There are three things you should do after any rear-end collision:
- Call the police. It is very difficult to move your case forward if there is no official police report, although there are circumstances where it is possible.
- Gather information. Get the name and contact information of the other driver. Ask to see their driver’s license, and write down their license plate numbers. Speak to witnesses and ask for their names and contact info. Take pictures of what happened.
- Keep cool. Sometimes the other driver may scream at you, blame you or get insulting and offensive. Do your best to remain calm. It’s impossible to win an argument in the street. Gather the info you need and speak to a lawyer. They will make a case for you based on evidence, not feelings.
If you didn’t follow these steps or you were too injured to do so, we will send out a crash investigator who can gather the evidence for you. We believe that every victim of a rear-end collision should speak to an attorney. That’s why we offer free consultations. The insurance company will come armed with an entire office full of lawyers, and you need to have a knowledgeable legal professional on your side.
What costs can I recover in a rear-end collision?
By law, you are entitled to make a full recovery for all damages caused by the accident. “Damages” in this case is a legal term that refers to any cost or loss. There is no way to undo a car accident, so the Columbus courts seeks to repay the damages and set things back the way they were before the accident—or as close as possible. That’s why at John Foy & Associates, we seek to help each of our clients achieve “maximum possible health”—the fullest recovery possible. We will make sure you see doctors who understand your injuries and get long term rehabilitation, not just short term treatment.
The costs you can recover may include:
- The cost of all doctor visits, hospital stays and medical tests
- Physical therapy, occupational therapy or other rehabilitation, for the full length of time you need it
- Repairs to your car or a new car
- Special payments for losses that can never be undone, such as permanent injuries
- Full reimbursement of lost wages caused by missing work due to the accident
What does it cost to hire a rear-end collision attorney?
John Foy & Associates follows a very simple pricing model:
- You pay nothing to come see us about your accident
- You pay nothing out of pocket
- You pay nothing unless we win money for you
If we are successful in your case, we take our fee out of the financial recovery you won. If we cannot get you a financial recovery, you owe us nothing—ever.
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At John Foy & Associates we believe in helping accident victims—and we have the experience and track record to back it up. Come in for a free consultation with some of the most experienced rear-end collision lawyers in Columbus. Call us at 706-400-4000 or fill out the form to your right and get your FREE consultation today.