A rear end auto accident often leads to soft tissue injury and under Pennsylvania law the driver who struck the car in front is almost always liable for the accident. Even if the car in front stopped very quickly or a car pulled in front, the trailing driver is usually liable because they have a duty to leave enough room so that no matter what the driver in front does there is still room to stop. You should always have photos of the cars and the scene of the accident. Use your cell phone camera to take photographs of the accident scene if you can.
If you or a loved one have been injured in an auto accident due to someone else’s negligence you should speak with an experienced car accident lawyer immediately. Call me, Plymouth Meeting Auto Accident Attorney James V. Monaghan at (610) 275-5800. I have been handling accident, injury and workers comp claims for many years and know what to do in order to get you the benefits and financial compensation you deserve.
Injuries Commonly Associated with Rear End Collision Accidents
Sometimes, a rear end car crash will not immediately result in a debilitating, catastrophic or life threatening injury as head-on collisions frequently do. The injuries may manifest later, several days after the accident occurs. This is due to the fact that rear end collisions frequently occur at lower speeds than head on collisions or being sideswiped at an intersection. However, even at a lesser speed a rear end crash can cause very serious injuries in the future. Injuries sustained in a rear end auto accident should not be ignored as they may hinder your ability to work, live & perform activities on a daily basis. This is where the skill and expertise of an experienced Blue Bell car accident lawyer may be very beneficial in helping to get you the maximum amount of compensation and benefits you are entitled to.
Various types of injuries can be sustained in an automobile accident. The type and severity of injury is directly related to how the accident occurs and where the points of impact are located. Speed at impact is another factor. Some of these injuries include head, brain & neck injuries. Spinal cord injuries, which include disc herniation, are also common in rear end accidents. Soft tissue injuries such as contusions, discoloration & bruising of the skin can also be the end result of a rear end car crash. These types of injuries, while seemingly minor, may still cause the victim physical discomfort as well as inconvenience associated with medical treatment and an inability to perform day-to-day activities. Joint, ligament & connective tissue injuries are also common as a result of a rear end collision. Examples would be tearing of the ACL in the knee or rotator cuff in the shoulder. In addition, musculoskeletal injuries such as whiplash, sprains and strains are very common in auto accidents regardless of the type of accident or speed at which accident occurred.
Possible Scenarios Involving Rear End Collisions
Being stopped at a red light
Being stopped at a stop sign
Stopping at a toll booth
Unexpected slowing or stopping on a highway or interstate
Stopping or slowing in a construction zone
Improperly pulling onto road shoulder
When investigating a rear end collision the liable party may be cited for traffic violations that caused the accident. These can include: careless driving, reckless driving, failure to give full time and attention to the operation of a motor vehicle, driving at an excessive speed given traffic and road conditions, driving under the influence, failure to remain stopped at a stop sign and failure to maintain sufficient distance.
Contact a Montgomery County Car Accident Lawyer
I am Norristown Auto Accident Lawyer James V. Monaghan and I represent injured parties and their families throughout the entire Philadelphia area which includes Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Philadelphia County and Montgomery County. If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident due to another’s negligence on a Philadelphia area road, highway, interstate or turnpike you should contact a personal injury lawyer. Call my Norristown law firm today at (610) 275-5800 for a free consultation.
I handle all automobile accident, personal injury and workers’ compensation claims on a contingency fee basis meaning I charge no fee unless I recover for you.