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Buck County, PA Rear-End Accident Information
A rear-end accident occurs when the front of one vehicle crashes into the rear of another. This type of an accident often occurs in heavier traffic, where drivers may not be paying attention, but this is not always the case. Even though, rear-end car accidents are considered to be a less serious than for example, head on collisions, it is still important to seek competent legal help to make sure your rights are accounted for, and that your injuries and medical bills are taken care of.
If you, or anyone in your family has suffered an injury and related losses in an accident, there may be more complex legal issues than that you may first imagine. You should always contact an experienced Bucks County rear-end accident attorney at Kats, Jamison & Associates.
Whiplash is typically the most common injury associated with rear-end accidents. Whiplash can affect many different parts of the neck and spinal cord. Nerve and soft tissue damage may cause loss of sensation in other parts of the body. This damage is usually caused when the head suddenly moves forward and then snaps back following the impact of another vehicle.
Depending on the severity and the speed of accident, whiplash symptoms can be felt instantly, or have other long lasting consequences that you may not realize at first. Symptoms may include the following:
– Blurred or double vision
– Challenge concentrating
– Dizziness or disorientation
– Memory loss
– Mood fluctuations
– Numbness or loss of sensation
– Pain in the shoulders and back
– Ringing in the ears
– Pain moving your head
– Unusual fatigue
– Weakness in the arms
Unfortunately, many victims of whiplash require long periods of physical therapy and other treatments in order to fully recover. They may not be able to go to work for long durations.
In addition to effects of whiplash following a car accident, victims of rear-end accidents may also suffer concussions and other head injuries such as: traumatic brain injuries, spinal injuries, facial fractures, lacerations, broken bones, and more. Many of these injuries can incur significant medical bills, and loss of income for victims and families of these accidents.
Determining Fault in a Buck County Rear-End Accident
Even though the rear driver is generally presumed to have caused the accident, there are other factors which may prove the other party negligent. In this case, If the front driver did not have properly functioning brake lights, it would be difficult to signal the need to slow down, especially at night. Also, from a manufacture perspective, if faulty brakes, tires, or other parts caused the collision, the auto parts manufacturer could be held liable for the sale of defective products.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to pay to speak with an attorney?
Philly Lawyers offers free case reviews so that you can better understand your legal options. This means you pay nothing for your first consultation. Additionally, Kats, Jamison & Associates works on a contingency fee basis meaning that if you do choose to hire us, you pay us nothing unless and until we win your case.
What should I do immediately after I’ve been involved in a car accident?
Call the police and make sure an ambulance is sent as soon as possible. Make sure everyone involved in the accident is conscious and responsive. Stay at the scene even if the accident isn’t serious, the police should be called regardless and a police report should be filed. It is important when speaking to the police that you stick to the facts, do not speculate, and most importantly do not admit any fault. Make sure you take as many pictures as you can with your cell phone. Also, we suggest taking a picture of the other person’s license plate, their drivers license, and insurance information. The pictures should document any damage that is caused by both vehicles. Seek medical attention as soon as possible if injured, even if you do not feel any pain, you may be in a state of shock and could experience medical issues later on.
What should I do before leaving the scene of an accident?
After a car accident, it is important to collect as much information as possible. Document the names, addresses, license plates of any other vehicle involved in the accident. Either document the weather conditions at the time of the accident or take pictures of the scene surrounding the accident. If you believe that road maintenance or lack thereof was a factor in the accident – it is important to document this as well. After your immediate medical injuries have been taken into account, it is then time to speak with a lawyer immediately. The sooner you contact a lawyer, the more time you will have to successfully prepare a personal injury case. The team at Kats, Jamison & Associates will analyze your car/motorcycle accident and determine whether or not you have a claim. Through this process we will make sure to protect your rights and guard you from predatory insurance company practices.
How do I know if I have a personal injury case regarding a car accident?
If you are experiencing pain, injury, or financial damages as a result of someone else’s negligence. You may have a personal injury case. If the other driver was at fault or failed to follow the legal rules of the road – our car accident attorneys may be able to prove that the other party is liable for those damages. For example, if you were rear-ended in a car accident, typically the other driver is responsible for that accident and the insurance company could be liable for any damages
What should I expect the first few days following a car accident?
Within the first few days, you will receive communications from both your insurance company and the other driver’s insurance company. You may be contacted by your health insurance company, doctors, and even attorneys. The other driver’s insurance company may request that you sign medical authorizations so they can retrieve your medical records. Before you speak to any of these people or sign any documents, it is important that you seek legal counsel.
How do I pay for medical expenses while my case is pending?
You may have a difficult time paying for your medical expenses, even if you have health insurance. Make sure to bill any treatment as you normally would through your healthcare provider. Additionally, you may have medical payment coverage under your car insurance plan. This could be used to cover your co-pays and other medical expenses that your health insurance company may not cover initially.
What type of compensation should I expect to receive for my car accident case?
This is a difficult question to answer because it depends on many factors. If we are successful in proving that the other party is liable for your injuries and damages, you could be compensated for medical bills and any other hospital costs, lost wages, costs of rehabilitation and physical therapy, disability or disfigurement, pain and suffering, wrongful death, including loss of financial support and any other out of pocket expense that was related to your accident.
How long will it take to complete my case?
Depending on the severity of your injuries and the length of time you need to heal from your injuries will determine the length of your claim. We also have to factor in the willingness of the other party to settle as they make their initial offer. If unreasonable offers are made, your claim may proceed to trial, which will increase the length of your claim.
What are the fees for representing me in a car accident case?
At Kats, Jamison & Associates all personal injury accident cases are handled on a contingency-fee-basis. This means that we will never charge you upfront for any cost and we will advance all costs and expenses. You will not have to reimburse our Firm for any costs unless we are successful. You will pay absolutely nothing for lawyers’ fees unless we win a monetary sum in your case.