Rear-end accidents are one of the most frequent kinds of vehicle accidents and are on the rise in the Alhambra area. These accidents take place when one car is struck from behind ("rear-ended") by another vehicle. These accidents can lead to severe injuries. A rear-end collision attorney helps those injuries in a rear-end collision get compensation.
If you or a loved one has been injured, call Mendez & Sanchez at (323) 838-1444 for a free consultation with our rear-end vehicle accident lawyers in Alhambra.
Who Is at Fault?
If you have been rear-ended by a vehicle behind you, it is most likely that the other motorist is at fault. If you rear-ended a vehicle in front of you, you might be at fault, unless the motorist behind you hit you and caused you to rear-end another vehicle.
The driver behind you could be considered at fault if they failed to stop in time as traffic slowed down or stopped. This is because the rules of the road require a car to be able to stop safely if traffic in front of it slows down or comes to a full stop. If a car is not able to stop without rear-ending another vehicle, it may be presumed that the driver of that car was not acting as safely as they should have been.
There are several ways to establish responsibility in a rear end collision. One way is turning to eyewitness testimony from individuals who were at the scene when the collision happened. Another good way of supporting a claim is to look to the police report for an explanation of the accident. Finally, physical evidence such as damage to the car and skid marks on the road can help establish fault.
What to Do After Being Rear-Ended by Another Car
In the moments following a vehicle accident, it is likely that you will be under a lot of stress. You may be confused, lightheaded, or even physically hurt. It is therefore imperative that you know what to do ahead of time to increase your odds at a fast recovery.
1. Get Medical Attention
After you have been rear-ended by another car, it is important that you contact emergency services immediately. In a lot of rear-end accident cases, the motorist of the front car does not experience pain right away after the collision happens. However, it is possible for pain and aching to set in hours or even days after the collision. Seeking medical attention after a rear-end collision is therefore very important for preventing and maintaining your health and well-being. It will also be helpful when making a claim as your medical reports will verify the injuries you received.
2. Report the Accident
The next step is to report the collision to the authorities. Police officers will submit an accident report which will record all pertinent aspects of the accident, including the parties involved, the location of the collision, as well as the time and date of the accident. Importantly, police officers may be able to collect statements from bystanders who managed to witness the rear end accident.
3. Document the Accident
A crucial step that is frequently forgotten by people who were rear-ended is to document the accident and to keep a detailed and organized record of all documents or materials relating to the accident. Ideally, take pictures of the scene of the accident after it occurred. Keep copies of police reports, medical records, and vehicle repair shop estimates in an organized file. Documenting this evidence will make it much easier to establish your claim against the party that rear-ended you.
4. Contact a Car Collision Lawyer
Lastly, you should call a vehicle collision attorney. The recovery and settlement process with the other motorist or the other motorist's insurance company is commonly time-consuming and frustrating. A car accident attorney can ease the burden of this process by handling essential tasks such as contacting witnesses and performing investigations into the collision. A vehicle collision attorney will also be able to guide you through the settlement or litigation process and will be there to give you legal advice concerning complicated legal issues such as negligence.
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