Erie, PA Rear-End Car Accident Lawyers 

Rear-End Car Accident Lawyers Recover Just Compensation For Accident Victims 

It seems not a day goes by without the report of a car accident on Pennsylvania’s roadways. But the frequency of these accidents in no way diminishes their impact on the lives of car accident victims and their families.

The aftermath of a rear-end car accident can be traumatic, confusing, and life-changing. Injuries, hospitalizations, damage to the vehicle, the cost of medical treatment, and lost time at work are just a few of the consequences of a car accident.

At Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C., our skilled car accident attorneys understand. Our dedicated team fights for the rights of rear-end car accident victims and works tirelessly on their behalf to recover just compensation for their injuries and other losses.

Pennsylvania Rear-End Car Accident Claims Must Be Based On Negligence 

Personal injury law is an area of law that is designed to provide protection to individuals who have been injured in accidents — including rear-end car accidents — that are the result of another person or entity’s negligence. Negligence is the foundation for every type of personal injury claim; without demonstrated negligence that caused or contributed to the accident, there is no basis for the claim. 

In the case of a rear-end car accident, negligent behavior may include distracted driving, speeding, driving recklessly, driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs, violating traffic laws, and failing to adhere to standard safety measures. It is not unusual for the party that is at-fault for an accident to claim that you are at least somewhat responsible for causing the accident. If you believe that you do, in fact, share some level of responsibility for the accident, it is best to consult with an experienced car accident attorney. 

Victims Of Rear-End Accidents In Pennsylvania May Receive Compensation For Their Accident Injuries And Other Losses

If you have been injured in a rear-end car accident that was the result of another person’s negligence, you may file a personal injury claim in the Pennsylvania courts. Personal injury law protects those who are harmed in accidents due to negligence, providing a method for the injured party to seek compensatory damages for their injuries and other losses. Compensatory damages are not intended to punish the at-fault party. Rather, compensatory damages are designed to reimburse the injured victim for the harm they endured in the car accident and to restore them to the condition they were in prior to the car accident. 

Those who have been injured in rear-end car accidents may seek compensation for losses including — but not limited to — any of the following:

  • Medical expenses  
  • Expenses for surgery
  • Hospital bills
  • Cost of rehabilitation 
  • Future anticipated medical expenses that are the result of the accident 
  • Cost of prescription medications 
  • Expenses for lab work and imaging tests
  • Emotional pain and suffering 
  • Mental anguish 
  • Lost future earning capacity
  • Lost wages due to time away from work 
  • Loss of enjoyment in life 
  • Loss of companionship
  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of earned sick time 
  • Loss of earned vacation time 

When a loss does not have an exact financial value, such as the loss of one’s life enjoyment or emotional pain and suffering, the court will consider several variables and assign a monetary value to that loss.

Top-Rated Car Accident Lawyers At Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C. Recover Maximum Compensation For Rear-End Car Accident Victims

At Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C., our dedicated car accident attorneys hold at-fault parties accountable for the accidents they caused. Our skilled team combines insurance industry expertise with extensive legal experience to recover the maximum compensation allowable under the law for our clients.

If you or a loved one has been hurt in a rear-end car accident, don’t settle for less than you deserve. Schedule a free case evaluation today with one of our experienced car accident attorneys. We will review your accident claim, explain the injury claims process, discuss the compensation you may be eligible to recover, and answer your questions.

About Erie, Pennsylvania

Erie, Pennsylvania is known both as the “Flagship City” and “Gem City”. The city of Erie is located on the south shore of Lake Erie and is the county seat of Erie County. Erie is the fourth-largest city in Pennsylvania and is also the largest city in northwestern Pennsylvania. Erie’s local economy includes manufacturing, technology, health care, higher education, service industries, and tourism.

Frequently Asked Questions About Rear-End Car Accidents In Erie, Pennsylvania

FAQ: What happens if I am partly to blame for my accident — can I still recover damages?

It is not unusual for more than one person to bear some level of responsibility for an accident. If you do share some level of fault for your accident, the total damages you may recover from the other at-fault party will be reduced. Pennsylvania follows a “modified comparative negligence rule” when there is shared fault for an accident, which states that the level of compensation you may receive will be reduced by a percentage that reflects your level of fault for the accident. However, if you share more than 50 percent of the responsibility for your accident, you will not be able to recover any damages from the other at-fault parties.

FAQ: Are there time limits for filing a personal injury claim for my rear-end car accident in Pennsylvania?

Yes. These legal time limits are known as statutes of limitations — they are the legal deadlines established by each state for filing claims in the state’s civil court. In Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations for filing a rear-end accident claim, which is considered a personal injury claim, is two years from the time the accident took place. Your car accident claim must be filed before this deadline runs out, otherwise the court may dismiss your case and your opportunity to recover any damages will be lost. If you are concerned that you may be unable to meet this legal deadline, it is best to consult with an experienced car accident attorney.

Personal Injury Case Results


Car accident

At approximately 50 mph, a young woman’s vehicle collided with a truck. Both vehicles were totaled. Client suffered multiple injuries including complex fractures and a myocardial contusion.


Motorcycle Fatality

Client’s husband was killed in a motorcycle accident caused by a careless driver. His underinsured motorist carrier originally denied coverage, based on a policy exclusion, and then offered only half the coverage.

Criminal Defense Case Results

Charges Dropped

DUI, Lane violation & Careless driving

Late at night, a driver turned right at a stop light and crossed into the oncoming lane of traffic. His BAC was over the legal limit. He was charged with DUI, a lane violation and careless driving.

Not Guilty

Sex Offense

An instructor at a local high school was accused by a student of indecent assault on the last day of school. After four days of trial, the jury acquitted the instructor of all charges.


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