The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation estimates about 22 percent of all car accidents which occurred in 2016 were rear-end car collisions. Convincing the opposing insurance company that their insured is at fault is not always an easy task, however.
In 2016, rear-end car accidents were the second most prevalent form of two-car collisions. A driver who hits the car ahead of him is usually found to be the at-fault driver. However, insurance companies can attempt to defend their at-fault insured drivers by arguing the injured party in the car in front “stopped short.” This is a defense we at Carpey Law often see employed by insurance companies. This is another reason NOT to give the opposing insurance company a statement of any kind following an accident. Insurance representatives are trained to protect their insured, and even what may seem like the most innocuous comments can be used to your disadvantage later in your personal injury case.
This is also the case in multi vehicle collisions, or, chain reaction collisions. We see insurance companies trying to lay blame on other drivers all the time in cases that we handle. So, don’t help the insurance company by giving them information that will help them defend their insured to your disadvantage. Unfortunately, under Pennsylvania law, the driver who causes the rear-end collision from behind should have been driving a safe enough distance behind any other vehicles such that they he/she has enough time to react and stop, and ultimately avoid a collision.
Even though a rear-end collision in Pennsylvania might seem like a straightforward case to handle from a legal point of view, it is not, given how insurance companies operate. Check out the below articles on our website for more information on this common type of car crash.
- 5 Simple Ways to Help You Avoid Motor Vehicle Accidents
- What to Do Following a Rear End Car Accident in Pennsylvania
- The Common Sense and Basic Physics of Bumper-to-Bumper Car Accidents
Injuries most commonly associated with rear-end collisions are whiplash injuries. These neck injuries can often occur in a rear-end crash situation as the impact can cause a driver’s neck to jolt backward and forward. The stress of this can cause hyper-extension and other damage to the neck. However, neck injuries are not the only injuries commonly resulting from a rear end collision.