Pittsburgh Rear-End Accident Lawyers
Experienced Pittsburgh Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyers Help Injured Victims Recover Compensation Following Rear-End Accidents
No one really expects to get involved in a motor vehicle accident. However, rear-end collisions are arguably the most surprising kind of accident for collision victims, because you rarely look behind you to see the other vehicle coming. Rear-end accidents are usually caused because the driver in the rear is following the vehicle in front too closely, or the vehicle in rear is speeding or both. As a result, there is a presumption that the driver in the rear is responsible for a rear-end accident, as the law requires all drivers to follow vehicles in such a way as to be able to safely stop in all scenarios.
When you’ve been the victim of a rear-end collision in Pittsburgh and have suffered injuries and damages, you deserve to hold the other driver accountable to compensate you for your injuries and losses. With over 50 years of collective experience, the Pittsburgh rear-end accident attorneys at Goodrich & Geist have fought to help accident victims recover maximum compensation from the other at-fault driver.
If your or your loved one’s vehicle was rear-ended by another vehicle, contact our firm today to schedule a free case evaluation to talk to one of our knowledgeable attorneys and learn more about your rights and options and how we can maximize the recovery you can receive in your case.
Injuries Commonly Suffered in Rear-End Accidents
The violent forces involved in a rear-end accident can lead to certain injuries, such as:
- Whiplash injuries, caused by the whipping motion that a person’s head and neck experience during a rear-end collision. In particular, these injuries tend to be more severe for the occupants of the front vehicle, who may not see the collision coming and therefore have no chance to brace themselves or tense their head and neck for impact.
- Back injuries, since the force of a rear-end impact can impart significant pressure on the spine, leading to the risk of vertebrae fracture or disc herniation or rupture
- Airbag injuries, which can cause burns from the explosive device needed to deploy the airbag, or broken bones in the face or ribcage
- Seat belt injuries, which can cause contusions (bruising) and lacerations (cuts), although seat belts do prevent even more severe injuries
- Spinal cord injuries, which can result if the force of a rear-end impact is violent enough to damage the nerves of the spinal cord or the surrounding tissues, leading to pressure on or severing of the spinal cord; this can lead to temporary or permanent paralysis
- Head injuries, which can happen if the head or face strikes an object inside your vehicle during the accident; this can lead to fractures of the skull, orbital bone, nose, or jaw, or eye injuries such as a detached retina
- Traumatic brain injuries, since the force of a significant rear-end impact can cause the brain to violently impact with the inside of the cranium
Even a rear-end impact that occurs at low speeds can lead to injury. If you’ve been the victim of a rear-end collision, you deserve compensation if you have suffered any of the above injuries or some other injury in your accident
Goodrich & Geist, P.C. Helps Rear-End Accident Victims Secure the Financial Recovery They Need and Deserve
A rear-end accident, particularly one that occurs at speed, can leave the accident victims with serious, life altering injuries. When you’ve been injured in a rear-end accident, you may be entitled to claim compensation for damages such as:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost income and earning capacity/potential
- Pain and suffering
- Lost enjoyment or quality of life
- Property damage to your vehicle and other items inside your vehicle
Don’t let the other driver and the insurance companies try to offer you less than the full and fair compensation you deserve. The Pittsburgh rear-end accident attorneys of Goodrich & Geist are ready to fight for your rights and interests. Our attorneys can help you pursue your rear-end accident claim by thoroughly investigating your accident and securing the evidence needed to establish the other party’s fault, identifying sources of compensation including uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage from your own policy, if applicable, and aggressively negotiating with the insurance companies to secure a settlement that fully compensates you for all the damages you’ve incurred as a result of your injuries.
Contact Us Today to Set Up a Case Review with One of Our Pittsburgh Rear-End Accidents Attorneys
If you or a loved one have been injured in a rear-end accident in Pittsburgh, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and damages. Let an experienced rear-end accident attorney fight to get you the monetary compensation you deserve while you focus on your physical and emotional recovery. Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with Goodrich & Geist today to talk to one of our skilled rear-accident attorneys about your case and learn more about your rights and options and how our firm will work to secure financial recovery and justice for you.
Frequently Asked Questions about Rear-End Accidents in Pittsburgh, PA
Yes. Pennsylvania law incorporates a comparative negligence rule. Under this rule, an injured party can recover compensation so long as he or she is not more than 50 percent responsible for his or her accident and injuries. However, the injured party’s ultimately financial recovery will be reduced by his or her percentage of fault. For example, if you suffer $100,000 in damages and are found to be 10 percent at fault for your accident, your recovery will be reduced by $10,000 to reflect your 10 percent share of fault.
Under Pennsylvania law, you generally have two years from the date of your accident in which to file a lawsuit to seek compensation for your injuries and damages. If you don’t file suit before the expiration of the statute of limitations in your case, the court may permanently dismiss your lawsuit and you can lose out on your right to seek compensation from those responsible for your accident.