Rear-end collisions are among the most frequent kinds of car accidents and are on the rise in the Rancho Cucamonga area. These accidents occur when one vehicle is struck from behind (" rear-ended") by another car. These collisions can cause severe injuries. A rear-end collision attorney helps those injuries in a rear-end accident get 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 vehicle collision attorneys in Rancho Cucamonga.
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 vehicle in front of you, you may be at fault, unless the individual behind you hit you and caused you to rear-end another vehicle.
The motorist behind you may 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 vehicle is unable to stop without rear-ending another vehicle, it might be assumed that the motorist of that car was not acting as safely as he or she could have been.
There are many 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 an explanation of the collision. Lastly, physical evidence such as damage to the vehicle and skid marks on the street can help establish fault.
What to Do After Being Rear-Ended by Another Vehicle
In the moments following a vehicle 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 essential that you understand what to do ahead of time to increase your odds at a quick recovery.
1. Get Medical Attention
After you have been rear-ended by another car, it is essential that you contact emergency services immediately. In many rear-end accident cases, the driver of the front vehicle does not experience pain instantly after the accident takes place. However, it is possible for pain and aching to arise hours or even days after the accident. Getting medical attention after a rear-end accident 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 submit an accident report which will document 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. Notably, police officers may be able to collect statements from onlookers that were able to witness the rear end collision.
3. Document the Accident
An essential step that is commonly forgotten by people who were rear-ended is to document the accident and to maintain a detailed and organized record of all documents or materials pertaining to the crash. If possible, take photos of the scene of the accident after it happened. Keep copies of police reports, medical records, and vehicle 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. Get in Touch with a Vehicle Collision Attorney
Finally, you should contact a car accident lawyer. The recovery and negotiation process with the other motorist or the other driver's insurer is often time-consuming and aggravating. A car accident lawyer can ease the burden of this process by handling essential tasks such as talking 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 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.