What To Do When You’re Injured In A Rear-End Collision?

Most Common Car Accident

Did you know that rear-end collisions are the most common type of car accident?  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about 6 million car accidents happen every year in the United States.  Of that number, over 40% of those accidents are rear-end collisions.

Because rear-end collisions are so common, it’s important to know how to handle them in case it happens to you.

Steps to Take if You’re Rear-Ended in a Collision

  1. First of all, DON’T PANIC!
  2. Check everyone for injuries.  If there are injuries, call for medical assistance.
  3. Call the police to report the accident.  When the officer arrives, explain how the accident happened.
  4. Take photos and document, as closely as possible, the position of the vehicles.
  5. Keep any follow-up medical appointments.
  6. Contact your insurance company.

Don’t Panic!

Being in an accident is an upsetting experience.  However, getting overly worked up after a rear-end collision is not helpful.  If your car has been hit, take a deep breath before you react.  Having a yelling match or physical altercation with the other driver can only make problems worse.

Check for Injuries

If you’ve been injured as a result of the impact, ask someone on the scene to call for an ambulance if you’re not able to make the call.  If you’re not injured, be sure to check with any others involved in the collision to determine whether there might be other injuries

Call the Police

Be sure to call the police to report the accident even if it seems as though the damage to the vehicles may be minor.  This is an important step!  DON’T SKIP IT!

This step is important because having the police visit the scene of the accident will often generate a police accident report.  The police report can be very helpful when you are dealing with the insurance company.

Take Photos

Taking photos of car damage and the position of the vehicles following the crash is important.  Photos of the vehicle positions can help prove which driver caused the accident.  Also, photos of the car damage are helpful in an injury claim if the insurance company attempts to minimize the impact and injuries.

Follow-up Medical Treatment

If you sought medical treatment for your injuries, be certain to follow up with your medical providers.  Avoid long delays between medical appointments.  Having consistent follow-up medical treatment is important to establish the severity of your injuries.

Contact the Insurance Companies

After the accident, it’s important to notify your insurance company as well as the insurance company for the at-fault driver.

How Much Money Can I Expect for a Rear-End Collision Claim?

It’s hard to predict a set number you’ll receive from the settlement of a rear-end collision claim.  But, some factors an insurance company looks at when making a settlement offer are:

  • Type of injury and how severe it is
  • How long you’ll be expected to need medical treatment
  • Whether you are missing time from work
  • Whether the evidence is clear that the other driver caused the accident
  • Limits on the insurance policies involved

Why Hire A Rear-End Collision Lawyer?

If you’ve been hurt in a wreck involving a rear-end collision, you’ve been forced into a very inconvenient position.  You are now faced with medical bills, insurance companies, work, and family matters at the same time as you’re trying to recover from your injuries.

How Is the Ritchie Law Firm Different?

At the Ritchie Law Firm, we believe those responsible for your injuries should be held
accountable. But, holding all of the negligent parties liable and negotiating with an insurance company can be difficult and frustrating. A lack of experience in determining the value of your case can result in a lower settlement than your accident and injuries warrant. Retaining an experienced rear-end collision lawyer
can help ensure that you are fairly compensated. We will make sure you receive the
compensation you deserve.

In our half-century of practice, the personal injury lawyers at the Ritchie Law Firm have handled thousands of rear-end collision cases on behalf of our clients. Such experience gives us an advantage in preparing cases for clients, as nothing comes as a surprise to us and we are always thoroughly prepared for even the most challenging cases. We have a track record of success and a strength that is unmatched.