Philadelphia Rear-End Accident Lawyer
Our law firm puts your interests first after your car accident
Did another driver crash into the rear end of your car? You’re not alone. Rear-end car accidents remain one of the most common types of car accidents. They’re also often associated with head and neck injuries, including whiplash.
That’s why it’s important that you talk to a Philadelphia rear-end car accident attorney right away after your crash. Otherwise, you could miss out on your opportunity to obtain the financial compensation you need and deserve.
Philadelphia car accident lawyer Michael Hanamirian of The Hanamirian Firm, PC understands what you’re going through. That’s because our legal team has years of experience helping people injured in rear-end accidents in Philadelphia and throughout the region.
How did your rear-end car accident happen?
One of the most frustrating aspects of most rear-end car accidents is many of them could have been easily prevented. That’s because drivers who cause such crashes were often doing something they should not have been doing on the road. This includes:
- Tailgating and following the car in front too closely.
- Texting while driving, resulting in a rear-end car accident.
- Speeding and not being able to stop in time to avoid a crash.
- Drinking and driving, resulting in slower reaction times.
- Falling asleep at the wheel and crashing into the car in front.
Is this how your rear-end accident happened? Or did the driver who caused your crash do something else? Whatever the circumstances, we’re here to help you demand the financial compensation you deserve for your rear-end accident.
Legal issues in rear-end accident cases
Rear-end accidents might seem straightforward. Another driver clearly caused your accident. Many rear-end car crashes turn out to be more complicated than you might expect.
Who is at fault for a rear-end crash?
There’s a very strong presumption that the driver in the rear vehicle is at fault for a rear-end crash. However, that presumption can be overcome under some circumstances, such as if the front vehicle’s brake lights were broken or if the front vehicle stopped or reversed suddenly. Don’t assume liability is open and shut.
What kind of injuries are caused in rear-end crashes?
One of the most common injuries in a rear-end collision is whiplash, a neck injury that is caused by violent movement of the head as the force of impact is transferred to the body. Sometimes, whiplash is associated with traumatic brain injuries: even if you don’t hit your head on anything, the violent movement can cause your brain to hit the inside of your skull. Rear-end collisions can also cause back injuries, internal injuries, and other types of damage, depending on the force of impact.
Do I need to see a doctor if I was rear-ended?
Yes. Don’t just “walk it off,” even if you feel fine or you think your injuries are minor. Whiplash, concussions, and other types of injuries can have delayed symptoms, meaning you may not feel them for hours or even days after the crash. Getting checked out by a doctor is the best option for your health, and it creates documentation of your injuries in case an insurance company later disputes them.
Should I accept a settlement for a rear-end accident?
Not without talking to a lawyer first. Insurance companies are notorious for downplaying rear-end accidents and offering “lowball” settlements that only cover the cost of your vehicle damage and perhaps a little more. Remember, their goal is to protect their bottom line, and if you take their money and then your injuries turn out to be more serious than you thought, you’re out of luck. Review any settlement offer with an experienced attorney before you sign.
Do I need a rear-end accident attorney?
It’s best to at least talk to an attorney about your legal rights and options after you’re rear-ended. The insurance company may dispute your injuries or argue that they weren’t actually a result of the accident. An attorney can negotiate with them on your behalf, stand up for your rights throughout the process, and pursue full value for your claim. You can get a free consultation and won’t pay anything to your lawyer until and unless your case is successfully resolved.
After a rear-end accident, don’t face the insurance company alone
Rear-end accidents are quite common. That means the insurance companies handle rear-end claims every day – and they have an entire bag of tricks to stop victims from getting fair value for their injuries. Even if they can’t dispute fault for the accident because you were rear-ended, they’ll try to limit your damages (financial compensation) to protect their bottom line. They may claim that because the crash happened at low speed, your injuries couldn’t possibly be that severe. They may argue you’re faking your symptoms or had a pre-existing condition.
Or they may act helpful, offer you what seems like a good settlement, and hope you’ll take it and go away. Remember, once you’ve taken the insurance company’s money, that’s it; you can’t go back for more. No matter how often they say it, they aren’t on your side. Don’t go it alone.
Discover what a dedicated, rear-end accident attorney can do for you
We can help. We will take the time to find out exactly what happened, including interviewing witnesses, working with accident reconstruction experts and reviewing physical evidence from the crash scene. Our attorneys will listen to your story and understand how your injuries have affected your life. Then, we will carefully craft a legal strategy that addresses your specific needs. We know how to negotiate effectively with insurance companies and, if necessary, take them to trial.