Rear end collisions are some of the most common types of car accidents that we see at the Kahler personal injury law firm. They can range from the coin phrased “fender Benders” to catastrophic high speed collisions.
Fender Benders usually refer to a car accident involving motor vehicles that result in minimal damage to the vehicles. Contrary to the assumption that little damage to the vehicle translates to no injuries to the occupants; In actuality rear-end collisions can inflict serious personal injuries, even if the vehicles were traveling at low speeds.
Colliding into another car of the same size is no different than crashing into a solid structure at ½ of the closing speed. Therefore, if a car traveling at 50 Km/hr collided with a stopped vehicle, the impact for both vehicles would be similar to hitting a concrete wall at 25km/hr.
Rear end Car accidents are commonly caused by:
• Distracted drivers
• Drunk driver
• Tailgating or Following to close
• Sudden build up of traffic on highway or an exit ramp
• Onset of a snowplow or construction vehicle/zone
• Panic stopping – due to a pedestrian or darting animal etc;
• Poor road, weather or tire conditions
• Rapid acceleration by the second vehicle in a congested stop and go traffic situation leaving inadequate stopping time
Injuries relating to rear end collisions
Injuries relating to rear end collisions can be immediately obvious. Others like whiplash or soft tissue damage may appear days, weeks and sometimes months after the car accident occurred. Whiplash commonly occurs when the person’s body is rapidly accelerated then decelerated applying a sudden force to the neck. Signs to watch for may be neck pain, stiffness, headaches, dizziness, pain in your jaw or numbness and tingling in your arms, legs or fingers. Statistic show that rear-end collisions account for nearly 50% of all whiplash related injuries in Canada.
Injuries commonly associated with a rear end collision include:
- Spinal cord injury
- Orthopedic Injury
- Mild or traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Fractures and broken bones
- Cuts and extensive scarring
In Ontario, car accident victims and their family members can claim compensation for their losses from their own insurance company and from the person responsible for the car accident/collision. Losses may include:
- Medical expenses
- Future health care and home maintenance costs
- Rehabilitation costs
- Past and future lost income
- Physical therapy
- Pain and suffering
- Out of pocket expenses
Who is liable in a rear end car accident?
In almost all rear end car accident situations 100% fault lies with the impacting driver, Traffic laws state that drivers need to leave adequate following distance between themselves and the vehicles in front of them. Drivers are expected to anticipate that those vehicles in front of them might suddenly stop or slow down. This can happen for many reasons: Avoidance of a pedestrian, cyclist, animal, bump or pothole etc.
Car Accident Benefits
Car Accident benefits are payable upon application. Time limits govern when you must apply. Ontario laws determine which benefits are payable. Insurers often deny benefits they are obliged to pay. You are entitled to dispute the insurer’s refusal to pay your benefits. Different levels of benefits are available to car accident injury victims, depending upon the type of injury and impairments. The process is complicated and requires analysis by an experienced car accident lawyer.
Led by Brennan Kahler, one of the top personal injury lawyers in Ontario; the car accident lawyers at the Kahler Personal injury law firm aggressively defend the rights of those who have been injured in an accident. The car accident lawyers and legal professionals at the Kahler Personal Injury Law Firm possess more than 50 years of car accident injury experience. We have helped injury victims recover more than 100 million dollars. We offer free car accident consultations and free case assessments. We will meet you at one of our offices, in your home, or hospital room to discuss your car accident claim. The Kahler Personal Injury Law Firm has offices in Toronto , Barrie and North Bay and represent car accident injury victims throughout the Province of Ontario.