If you have been involved in a rear end accident, under Pennsylvania motor tort law the other driver is almost always the one at fault. Most rear end accidents take place while one driver is innocently sitting at a stop sign, red light or traffic light and are collided with from behind by another driver. During an incident like this the other driver is at fault. The only way you will be found at fault during a rear end collision would be if you had suddenly slammed on your brakes for absolutely no reason. Regardless, if you were injured in a rear end collision you should speak with a Pennsylvania auto accident attorney handling rear end accidents.
Please contact our team of personal injury lawyers. Our attorneys possess many years experience handling rear end accidents and will use their experience to get you the benefits and compensation you deserve. Proudly representing accident victims throughout PA including Media, Lock Haven, Williamsport, Erie, York, State College, Norristown, Gettysburg, Shippensburg, Easton and Hazleton, Pennsylvania.
What You Should Do After Your Accident
For victims of rear end accidents, it important that you call the police quickly no matter how minor the property damage seems. It is also a good idea to take photographs of the collision including many angles of the accident scene as well as pictures of both vehicles. Many people find it helpful to get witnesses’ names and then to quickly call your insurance company.
Getting Medical Treatment
People that get hit in rear end accidents will most likely suffer from some kind of injury involving the neck or the back. These types of injuries are usually whiplash, muscle strains or sprains. Very serious injuries can include disc injuries which require therapy or surgery in order to correct. A disc injury could be a bulging or herniated disc.
The severity of the accident will determine if you should seek medical attention immediately or not. There are many people who find that their symptoms do not begin until sometime after the accident. This is especially true for disc injuries. If you begin to experience pain immediately after an accident you should definitely seek medical treatment as soon as possible. If you cannot seek medical treatment immediately then you should make an appointment with your primary care provider as soon as possible.
It is important to note that some insurance companies consider that if you do not immediately seek medical treatment then you must not have been hurt that badly. The safest option is to get checked out as soon as you can after a rear end collision.
If you do have scheduled appointments following a rear end collision is it important to make all of these appointments. If you miss these scheduled appointments that were associated with injuries due to a rear end collisions insurance companies can perceive that as a faked injury or an injury that is not as severe as you are saying it is. Make your appointments and keep them.
Avoid Recorded Statements
An insurance company may ask you, the injured person, to give them a recorded statement which would describe the accident and injuries.
However, as a rule, these types of statements do not help you if you have not already obtained a lawyer or your own. If you are without a lawyer you should avoid giving a recorded statement. Obtaining a lawyer will help ensure that you take the appropriate steps toward getting the
As a general rule, giving such a statement will not help you if you do not have a lawyer. If you do not have a lawyer, you should not give a tape recorded statement to the insurer. Obtaining a lawyer will help ensure that you get what you deserve. Our attorneys will get you the maximum benefits and compensation. We offer free consults for accident victims and no fees unless we win.
Settling Your Case
Your case should not be settled unless you have already finished your medical treatment or you are close to finishing. This way you will know exactly what expenses went into your complete recovery. If you cannot fully recover from your injuries then you know that you case is worth more. Those who have been injured in rear end accidents should not face this alone. We will deal with the insurance companies for you.
While small car accidents can be settled without the injured person even filing a lawsuit or getting an attorney you should never do so. All size and types of accident claims warrant having a lawyer represent you. The insurance carriers are not your friend. They work for the insurance company and not you.
Once you are finished with your medical treatment either you or your lawyer will send a demand letter to the insurance company. The response time can take up to a few months. Once the adjuster has responded the real negotiations can begin.
It should be encouraging to you to know that rear end collision cases are some of the easiest cases to settle even when lawsuits must be filed. This is because liability is easy to decide.
For the rare cases when a quick and easy decision cannot be reached, your case may need to go to mediation. During mediation the mediator will meet with all sides as well as meet with both sides separately. Mediation can be a very long and drawn out process that many people wish to avoid.
Contact A Pennsylvania Injury Attorney
Being the victim of an auto accident can be a very stressful time. The more severely you are injured and the more time you have to miss at work the greater the stress level. While you are recovering from your injuries stress needs to be kept to a minimum. Letting our Pittsburgh accident lawyers handle the insurance companies and the negotiations that go along with your case will ease your stress level greatly.
Please feel free to contact our Pittsburgh car accident attorneys today for a free consultation. They charge no fee unless they win for you and consultations are free.
They have a tremendous track record of handling auto accident claims throughout PA including Montgomery County, Delaware County, Allegheny County, Dauphin County, Luzerne County, Adams County and Erie County, Pennsylvania.