A rear-end collision happens when a vehicle driver does not stop in time and strikes the back of the vehicle in front of them. While it may seem like rear-end collisions are relatively minor accidents, they can result in severe and sometimes lifelong injuries.
If you were injured in a rear-end collision, contact Gay & Chacker for a free legal consultation. There is no obligation when you call. We can discuss your situation and how to seek compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
Why Do Rear-end Collisions Happen?
Rear-end collisions typically occur when drivers do not allow enough space between their own vehicle and the vehicle in front of them. Then, when traffic suddenly stops or slows or road conditions change, the motorist cannot react fast enough to avoid crashing into the rear of the vehicle in front of them.
There is a variety of negligent behavior that can lead to rear-end crashes, such as:
- Distracted driving
- Driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
- Drowsy driving
- Driving aggressively, tailgating, and/or speeding
- Failing to keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front of them
A person who sustains injuries after being hit from behind can file a lawsuit to seek compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, and other financial losses. A lawsuit can also voice their pain and hold the at-fault driver accountable for his or her negligence.
Common Injuries from a Rear-end Collision
The human body is not built to withstand the impact of a vehicle collision, especially one that happens at the rear of a vehicle. The whipping motion that ensues can cause severe back and neck injuries and even traumatic brain injury. Vehicle occupants can also strike the dash, steering wheel, or windshield, causing broken bones, facial injuries, and more.
Some common injuries that happen in a rear-end crash include:
- Brain injuries, such as concussion, TBI, post-concussion syndrome, etc.
- Face, eye, nose, and jaw injuries, including fractures, lacerations, blindness, hearing loss, sinus injuries, etc.
- Neck, back, and spinal cord injuries, such as fractured vertebra, disc injuries, whiplash, paralysis, soft-tissue injuries, etc.
- Shoulder, sternum, clavicle (collarbone), and rib injuries, including fractures, a torn rotator cuff or labrum, joint injuries, etc.
- Hip and pelvis injuries, such as fractures, tears, dislocation, groin injuries, etc.
- Arm, hand, and wrist injuries
- Leg, knee, and foot injuries
It’s critical to seek medical attention right away after a rear-end accident. Symptoms may not appear right away and delaying treatment can lead to more problems.
After you receive immediate medical care, it’s helpful to contact an experienced auto accident attorney. While it is possible to file an insurance claim on your own, you could lose thousands of dollars you might have received if you had had the help of an experienced attorney. That’s because insurers aim to pay you as little as possible if you do not have a lawyer on your side – regardless of the strength of your claim. Our attorneys work on contingency fees, which means that we do not collect a fee unless we recover compensation for the damages you’ve suffered. So, you’ve got nothing to lose by calling us.
What is the Average Settlement for Rear-end Crash Injuries?
At Gay & Chacker, we are often asked: How much money will I receive from my rear-end crash? Compensation in an automobile accident case can cover many areas, including:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages and benefits
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of participation in family life
- End-of-life expenses if a loved one was struck and killed
Every case is different, and the unique facts of the situation will determine the value of the case and the losses the victim can recover money for. Some important factors include:
- The severity of the injuries, whether the victim will recover fully, and how long the recovery will take
- How much the victim’s medical treatment has cost and will cost in the future
- Whether the victim suffers from emotional trauma such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) because of the crash
- The limitations from the victim’s injuries that affect his or her daily activities, marriage and relationships, and normal responsibilities
- Other expenses the victim and his or her family has incurred related to the crash
If you were injured in a vehicle accident, the best thing to do is to speak with a law firm about filing a claim. An experienced attorney will explain the process of seeking compensation and what you can expect.
Past Cases Involving Rear-End Collisions
Below are some featured results we’re obtained for clients who were injured after being rear-ended in their vehicles.
While at a Pennsylvania Turnpike exit ramp, our client was rear-ended and suffered injuries to his ribs, abdomen, chest, diaphragm, and back.
Our client was stopped in traffic in Lancaster, PA when another motorist did not decrease his speed and struck our client’s vehicle in the rear. Our client suffered severe back injuries.
While stopped at an intersection to make a left turn, our client was rear-ended and suffered severe knee injuries that required surgery.
Our client was traveling on Roosevelt Boulevard in Philadelphia when another motorist struck her vehicle in the rear. She sustained a severe herniated disc and other injuries.
Our client suffered neck, back, and shoulder injuries after a collision towards the rear of the car. The responsible party made an offer of $30,000 to settle, which we rejected, after which the personal injury case settled for more than three times the initial offer.
Our client was rear-ended by a van on a highway, causing her to be thrown violently inside the vehicle. The crash caused her to suffer from traumatic anxiety, nervousness, and other psychological and emotional trauma.
Contact Gay & Chacker After a Rear-End Collision
Founded in Philadelphia in 1965, Gay & Chacker has won thousands of claims for people who were injured in automobile accidents. We have successfully represented drivers and passengers who were injured in car, truck, and motorcycle accidents in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and surrounding states. We take on both big and small cases, from fender benders to serious accidents. If you were injured, we can help. Our attorneys can work to get maximum compensation in your case while keeping you informed every step of the way.
Contact Gay & Chacker to learn more about how we can help with your rear-end collision case. There is no risk or obligation. We charge you no legal fees unless we recover compensation for your financial losses. Call us today at (215) 608-7560 for a free consultation.