Rear-end collisions are among the most common kinds of vehicle accidents and are on the rise in the Baldwin Park area. These collisions occur when one car is struck from behind (" rear-ended") by another car. These collisions can cause major injuries. A rear-end accident attorney helps those injuries in a rear-end accident seek compensation.
If you or a loved one has been hurt, call First Law Group at (855) 578-1529 for a free consultation with our rear-end vehicle accident lawyers in Baldwin Park.
Who Is at Fault?
If you have been rear-ended by a vehicle behind you, it is most likely that the other driver is at fault. If you rear-ended a car 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 motorist behind you might be deemed responsible if they failed to stop in time as traffic slowed down or stopped. This is because the rules of the road require a vehicle 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 vehicle was not acting as safely as he or she should have been.
There are several ways to establish liability in a rear end accident. One way is relying on eyewitness testimony from people that were at the scene when the collision happened. Another good way of supporting a case is to look to the police report for a description of the collision. Finally, physical evidence such as damage to the automobile and skid marks on the street can help determine fault.
What to Do After Being Rear-Ended by Another Vehicle
In the moments following a vehicle accident, it is likely that you will be under a lot of stress. You might be confused, dizzy, or even physically injured. It is for that reason 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 vehicle, it is important that you contact emergency services as soon as possible. In many rear-end accident situations, the motorist of the front car does not experience pain right away after the accident takes place. However, it is possible for pain and aching to arise hours or even days after the crash. Getting medical attention after a rear-end collision is therefore very important for preventing and preserving your health and well-being. It will also be useful when making a claim as your medical reports will show the injuries you received.
2. Report the Collision
The next step is to report the collision to the police. Police officers will file an accident report which will document all pertinent elements of the accident, including the parties involved, the location of the collision, as well as the time and date of the collision. Importantly, police officers may be able to gather statements from onlookers that managed to witness the rear end accident.
3. Document the Collision
A vital step that is frequently forgotten by individuals who were rear-ended is to document the collision and to keep a thorough and organized record of all documents or materials associated with the crash. If possible, take photos of the scene of the accident after it happened. Keep copies of police reports, medical records, and auto repair shop estimates in an organized file. Documenting this evidence will make it much easier to establish your case against the party that rear-ended you.
4. Contact a Vehicle Accident Attorney
Finally, you should get in touch with a car collision lawyer. The recovery and settlement process with the other driver or the other motorist's insurer is usually time-consuming and aggravating. A car collision lawyer can ease the stress of this process by handling important tasks such as talking to witnesses and performing investigations into the accident. A car collision attorney will also be able to assist you through the settlement or litigation process and will be there to provide you legal advice regarding complicated legal issues such as negligence.
At the First Law Group, the client comes first. Contact us today for a free case evaluation where we will discuss your health needs first, then get you the compensation you deserve.