HIGHWAY RAMPS ARE A FREQUENT PLACE FOR CAR ACCIDENTS
It is almost surprising how many cases our lawyers get every year when our client’s car is hit getting on or off of a highway entrance or exit ramp. The accident is usually caused by our client being rear ended when the car behind is looking to merge and forgets there is a car ahead of him. Fortunately most of these crashes are at slower speeds, but not always. If the car behind has good acceleration and starts a ways back, it can quickly get to highway speeds before causing the rear end accident. And we have seen many cases with serious injuries caused by a crash at slower speeds.
Most of the highway on ramp or off ramp crashes occur during rush hour or when there is fairly heavy traffic. The most common injury our car accident attorneys see in this situation is a neck injury – usually because our client is also looking to the side to merge when the crash occurs. Because their head is turned at the time of impact, there can be increased damage to the neck.
There is really not much you can do to avoid being hit on the off-ramp of a highway, but you can be careful to avoid causing the accident yourself. Just be aware that when you are on a highway entrance or exit ramp, there are going to be cars that are moving at slower speeds ahead of you.
If you are injured in a Minnesota car accident on a highway ramp, please call us and speak with a lawyer for a free consultation. We will explain your rights to you and make sure you get the benefits and compensation you are entitled to.