Rear-end collisions are one of the most common kinds of vehicle collisions and are on the rise in the Fontana area. These accidents happen when one car is struck from behind ("rear-ended") by another car. These collisions can cause serious injuries. A rear-end collision attorney helps those injuries in a rear-end collision get 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 car accident attorneys in Fontana.
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 may be at fault, unless the motorist behind you hit you and caused you to rear-end another vehicle.
The driver behind you could be deemed liable 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 car, it might be assumed that the motorist of that vehicle was not acting as safely as he or she could have been.
There are many ways to determine responsibility in a rear end collision. One way is relying on eyewitness testimony from people who were at the scene when the collision took place. Another good way of supporting a case is to look to the police report for an explanation of the collision. Lastly, physical evidence such as damage to the vehicle and skid marks on the street can help determine 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 much stress. You might be confused, lightheaded, or even physically hurt. It is therefore essential that you understand what to do in advance to increase your odds at a quick recovery.
1. Seek Medical Care
After you have been rear-ended by another car, it is important that you contact emergency services immediately. In a number of rear-end accident situations, the driver of the front vehicle does not experience pain right away after the accident occurs. However, it is possible for pain and aching to set in hours or even days after the crash. Seeking medical attention after a rear-end collision is therefore very important for preventing and preserving your health and well-being. It will also be helpful when making a claim as your medical records will prove the injuries you sustained.
2. Report the Collision
The next step is to report the accident to the police. Police officers will file an accident report which will record all pertinent elements of the collision, including the parties involved, the location of the collision, and the time and date of the accident. Importantly, police officers may be able to gather statements from bystanders that were able to witness the rear end collision.
3. Document the Accident
A crucial step that is commonly overlooked by people who were rear-ended is to document the collision and to maintain a thorough and organized record of all documents or materials associated with the crash. Ideally, take photos of the scene of the collision after it occurred. Keep copies of police reports, medical records, and auto repair shop estimates in an organized file. Documenting this evidence will make it a lot easier to establish your claim against the party that rear-ended you.
4. Contact a Vehicle Collision Attorney
Lastly, you need to call a vehicle collision lawyer. The recovery and settlement process with the other driver or the other driver's insurance company is usually time-consuming and frustrating. A car collision attorney can alleviate the stress of this process by taking care of essential tasks such as speaking to witnesses and performing investigations into the collision. A car accident lawyer will also be able to guide you through the settlement or litigation process and will be there to give 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.