Butler County rear end car accident attorneys represent people who have sustained injuries in rear end collisions and other types of car accidents. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, in 2017 there were over 128,000 car accidents in Pennsylvania and almost 29,000 (22%) of those accidents were rear end collisions. Rear end accidents can be the result of distracted driving, driver inattention, following another vehicle too closely, a sudden stop, failed brakes, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and other car accident causes and factors.
Rear end accident injuries
Often, rear end accidents are thought of as relatively minor collisions with few, if any, injuries involved, but as car accident attorneys at SMT Legal know, injuries can be severe and even fatal in some rear end accident cases. In fact, of Pennsylvania’s 1,137 car accident fatalities in 2017, 7.1% of those accidents were rear end collisions. Common rear end accident injuries include broken bones, cuts and lacerations, whiplash, other neck and back injuries, and traumatic brain injuries. Whiplash is the one injury that is most commonly associated with rear end accidents and it can vary significantly in severity.
Whiplash is caused by a sudden back and forth movement in the neck resulting in damaged muscles, tendons, discs, ligaments, and nerves. The severity of a whiplash injury depends on a number of factors including impact conditions, speed, types of vehicles involved, and whether or not the injury victim saw the accident coming before it happened. This is because people who see an accident coming automatically brace themselves and this can prevent or lessen the damage caused by whiplash injuries. Whiplash sometimes takes a while to surface and people involved in accidents frequently think that they are fine immediately following an accident only to discover whiplash symptoms after a period of time. This is why it is important to seek medical treatment as soon as possible after a rear end collision.
Whiplash symptoms may include any combination of the following symptoms:
- Neck, shoulder, and back pain and stiffness
- Blurred vision
- Loss of range of motion in the neck
- Tenderness, tingling, or numbness in the neck and shoulder area
- Ringing in the ears
- Sleep difficulties
- Memory and concentration problems
Compassionate and aggressive attorneys
Our attorneys are compassionate and aggressive and they are committed to helping injured parties secure the compensation to which they are entitled. We understand how difficult the aftermath of a car accident can be for people who are injured and their family members, especially when injuries are significant and debilitating. Our attorneys will make it as easy as possible for your family to focus on physical recovery while they work to see that you secure the compensation that you deserve.