Rear-end accidents are among the most frequent kinds of vehicle accidents and are on the rise in the Ontario area. These accidents occur when one car is struck from behind ("rear-ended") by another car. These accidents can result in serious injuries. A rear-end accident lawyer helps those injuries in a rear-end accident seek compensation.
If you or a loved one has been injured, call First Law Group at (855) 578-1529 for a free consultation with our rear-end car collision attorneys in Ontario.
Who Is at Fault?
If you have been rear-ended by a car behind you, it is very likely that the other motorist is at fault. If you rear-ended a car in front of you, you may be at fault, unless the person behind you hit you and caused you to rear-end another car.
The driver behind you could be considered 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 complete stop. If a car is not able to stop without rear-ending another vehicle, it might be presumed that the driver of that car was not driving as safely as he or she could have been.
There are several ways to prove 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 an explanation 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 after a car collision, it is likely that you will be under a lot of stress. You might be confused, dizzy, or even physically injured. It is therefore imperative that you understand what to do ahead of time to increase your odds at a fast recovery.
1. Seek Medical Care
After you have been rear-ended by another vehicle, it is essential that you contact emergency services right away. In a lot of rear-end accident cases, the motorist of the front car does not experience pain immediately after the collision happens. However, it is possible for pain and aching to arise hours or even days after the collision. Seeking medical attention after a rear-end accident 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 show the injuries you received.
2. Report the Accident
The next step is to report the collision to the authorities. Police officers will file an accident report which will record all pertinent aspects of the accident, including the parties involved, the location of the accident, as well as the time and date of the accident. Notably, police officers might be able to collect statements from onlookers that managed to witness the rear end collision.
3. Document the Collision
A vital step that is frequently overlooked by individuals that were rear-ended is to document the accident and to maintain a detailed and organized record of all documents or materials pertaining to the accident. If possible, take photos of the scene of the collision 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 a lot easier to establish your case against the party that rear-ended you.
4. Call a Vehicle Accident Attorney
Finally, you should get in touch with a vehicle collision attorney. The recovery and settlement process with the other motorist or the other motorist's insurance company is usually time-consuming and aggravating. A vehicle collision attorney can ease the stress of this process by dealing with important tasks such as speaking to witnesses and conducting investigations into the collision. A car collision lawyer will also be able to assist you through the settlement or litigation process and will be there to offer you legal advice regarding complex 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.