Rear-End Car Accidents in Ohio: Who’s at Fault?Jun 08, 2020 Car Accidents Insurance Issues Legal Blog Ohio Personal Injury
Ohio car accidents range from fender benders to major collisions and can be caused by any number of things. One of the most common accident types is rear-end collisions, which happen when one driver crashes into the back of another vehicle.
While typically dismissed as minor accidents, rear-end car accidents happen a lot in Ohio and can result in severe injuries. According to the Ohio Department of Public Safety, approximately 80,000 rear-end accidents happen every year. Of these, about 20,000 resulted in injury and almost 60 fatalities.
At Kisling, Nestico & Redick, our Ohio personal injury attorneys know these figures are alarming because they mean thousands of families in Ohio are suffering because of a preventable accident. Our experienced legal team has a history of success holding negligent drivers accountable and helping people recover compensation for their injuries.
Who’s to Blame for an Ohio Rear-End Accident
While it’s a common belief that rear-end crashes are always the fault of the driver who rear-ended the car in front, this is not always the case. In fact, either can be responsible, depending on the situation.
The Rear Driver
When a driver who was rear-ended followed the rules of the road and was not negligent, he or she will generally not be found at fault. However, a negligent driver in a rear-end accident is usually someone who was not following at a safe distance, failed to stop in a reasonable amount of time, or lost control of his or her vehicle. In these cases, the driver who rear-ended the car in front may be found at fault.
The Front Driver
On the other hand, there are examples of the driver in front being at fault. For instance, when a driver suddenly reverses, fails to make it clear that he or she is braking, signals to make a turn but fail to do so, or drives without brake lights, he or she can be found to be negligent.
Regardless of who was the front or rear-end vehicle, these collisions typically occur when one driver fails to recognize that another driver has suddenly braked. This can be at a stoplight, stop sign, when turning, or because you are in a school or construction zone with a reduced speed limit.
Using brake lights, and maintaining a safe distance behind other vehicles are all the best ways to avoid rear-end accidents.
Injured in a Rear-End Crash? Call KNR
A rear-end crash can cause any number of serious injuries, like whiplash, spinal injuries, TBI, or broken bones. If you’ve been hurt because a negligent driver crashed into the back of your vehicle, contact the skilled Ohio personal injury lawyers at Kisling, Nestico & Redick today.
There are no up-front costs and you owe nothing unless we recover compensation for you.