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Injured in a Rear-End Accident in Pennsylvania?

You’re relaxing at a red light when Wham! Your car is rear-ended by a distracted driver. There’s simply no excuse for a rear-end collision in Pennsylvania. In virtually every rear-end accident case, the driverwho struck your vehicle is responsible for your injuries. In most cases, the car in front was completely stopped. In other cases, a slow-moving car is rear-ended by a driver who wasn’t paying attention or was driving too fast for traffic conditions.

At the Law Office of Jason R. Carpenter, we file negligence claims against irresponsible drivers. We also file claims against the owner of the vehicle that caused the rear-end crash if the owner is different than the driver. Our Harrisburg auto accident lawyers demand damages when the victims qualify for full tort insurance coverage of their damages or suffered a qualifying “serious injury.” Damages include your physical pain and emotional suffering, all your unpaid medical bills, your lost income, and the damage to your vehicle.

Fight for the compensation you deserve after a rear-end accident. Contact The Law Office of Jason R. Carpenter today to start discussing your case!

Why do rear-end accidents happen in and around Harrisburg?

Rear-end collisions are usually due to one of the following reasons:

  • Distraction. Distracted driving occurs when a driver’s hands aren’t on the steering wheel, their mind isn’t focused on traffic conditions, and their eyes aren’t on the vehicles directly in front of them. Driver distraction may result from
  • Eating or drinking
  • Looking at a GPS
  • Texting or talking on the phone
  • Personal grooming
  • Intoxication with alcohol or other substances.
  • Speeding. Many rear-end collisions occur because a driver was going too fast and couldn’t brake in time.
  • Driver intoxication. Drivers who drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs are a danger to everyone on the road, including drivers in front of them.

There are many other causes of rear-end collisions, including improper merging and driving too fast for weather conditions.

How do we prove an accident was due to a rear-end collision?

In most cases, the cause of the collision can be directly determined from an examination of the damage to the vehicles. If your vehicle’s rear bumpers and trunk are damaged, while the front of the car that struck you is damaged, there is strong evidence that a rear-end accident occurred.

In some cases, we may send investigators to the scene of the accident. Skid marks may confirm that the driver behind you was driving too fast for conditions.

We also question any witnesses to confirm the driver in the rear struck your vehicle.

What types of injuries do drivers and passengers suffer in rear-end collision accidents in Pennsylvania?

At first, many rear-end collisionvictims do not know they have been injured; they may not even realizeuntil hours or days later that they’ve suffered injuries. That’s why it is critical for anyone injured in a rear-end collision to seek medical attention as soon as possibleeither at a local hospital emergency room or from your family physician. Common rear-end accident injuries include:

Soft-tissue neck injuries. This type of injury, called whiplash, often occurs as the head whips back and forth after your car is struck by another car. The muscles and tendons of the neck are damaged. While most whiplash injuries heal with time, many victims need extensive physical therapy for their neck pain to improve.

Back injuries. Rear-end crashes can cause soft-tissue back injuries. The discs of the back may be ruptured or damaged. Many victims with back injuries suffer chronic pain.

  • Traumatic brain injuries. If the car behind you was traveling at a high speed or even a moderate speed, the collision can cause your head to strike the steering wheel, the dashboard, your seat back, or another passenger. Head trauma injuries can affect your cognitive abilities, alter your quality of life, and cause a lifetime of pain and dysfunction.

Other parts of the anatomy that may be hurt in a rear-end collision include your knees, hip, and arms, and wrists. Some drivers and passengers also suffer injuries if their airbag is deployed.

What should you do if you’re in a rear-end collision?

If you find yourself in a rear-end collision, you should:

  • exchange insurance information with the driver that struck you.
  • use your smartphone to take pictures of the damage to your vehicle and the other vehicle
  • contact the police to have them investigate the accident
  • seek immediate medical attention
  • inform your insurance company about the accident
  • call our office to speak with an experienced Harrisburg car accident lawyer

Talk with a respected car accident lawyer today

It’s important to seek medical and legal help as soon as possible after a rear-end collision. At the Law Office of Jason R. Carpenter, our Harrisburg car accident lawyers have the experience and resources to help you get justice. We represent rear-end collision and all car accident victims on a contingency fee basis.

If you were injured in a rear-end accident, call us for a consultation at(717) 537-0928 or fill out our contact form today.

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