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Rear End Car Crashes


According data published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), rear-end car accidents are some of the most frequently occurring types of collisions in the country. These numbers are significant because some of the most painful and debilitating injuries sustained by car crash victims are suffered by those who are rear ended. Fortunately, injured parties can collect compensation for their injuries and property damage. If you were recently involved in a car crash that was caused by another driver’s negligence, it is crucial to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney who can help you seek compensation for your medical expenses.

Common Causes

Behaviors that require drivers to take their eyes off of the road put others at risk of being involved in a rear end car crash. In fact, most rear end accidents involve one of the following activities:

  • Distracted driving;
  • Tailgating or driving aggressively;
  • Driving in poor weather conditions;
  • Speeding;
  • Driving under the influence; and
  • Driving while fatigued.

Any of these actions can have deadly consequences if they keep a driver from recognizing approaching dangers.

Typical Injuries

Victims of rear end crashes often suffer from neck and spine injuries, usually as a result of the force of an impact causing the head to snap forward or backward, which in turn, can tear ligaments, damage the spine, and pull muscles. Vehicle occupants who are rear ended may also suffer from chest injuries caused by coming into contact with the steering wheel. Organs with ligament attachments, such as the spleen and liver are especially vulnerable to injury in these types of crashes. Facial injuries are also not uncommon in rear end accidents and are often the result of forceful impacts with the airbag, dashboard, or window.

The seriousness of someone’s injury also depends on a series of other factors, including:

  • The age and general health of the injured party;
  • The number of vehicles involved;
  • The speed at which the cars were traveling; and
  • The size of the cars.

Depending on the severity of the injury, a car crash victim may be required to pay thousands of dollars in medical bills. Fortunately, injured parties can often collect compensation because in almost all rear end car accidents, the driver who crashes into the other car will be considered at-fault. This is due to the fact that he or she should have been driving far enough behind the first car to avoid the crash. In most situations, the responsible party can recover compensation from the at-fault driver’s insurer, through settlement negotiations, or a lawsuit.

Call us Today to Speak With a Dedicated Personal Injury Attorney

Rear end car accidents can take a serious physical and emotional toll on victims injured by another party’s negligence. If you live in Philadelphia and were injured in a car crash, please call us at van der Veen, Hartshorn, and Levin at 215-515-6892 or initiate a live chat with a member of our dedicated legal team today.


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