What should you do if you are hit from behind?

What should you do if you are hit from behind?

If you are involved in a rear-end automobile collision, contact a collision center immediately. By contacting a lawyer immediately, you can receive the most money for your damages. At my office, we are experienced to handle all types of automobile injury claims and property damage claims.

Who is at fault in an accident when hit from behind?

Rear-End Collisions If someone hits you from behind, it is virtually never your fault, regardless of why you stopped. A basic rule of the road requires a driver to be able to stop his or her vehicle safely if traffic is stopped ahead. A driver who cannot stop safely is not driving as safely as the person in front.

What happens to your body when a car hits you from behind?

Injuries from rear-end collisions may result in scar tissue formation and permanent loss of normal range of motion. Over time, progressive wear and tear, or post-traumatic osteoarthritis, may also result causing disc degeneration, joint degeneration and bone spurs.

Is it always your fault when you rear-end?

The rear driver in a rear-end collision is not always at fault for the accident. Liability in a rear-end collision is not automatic and sometimes the lead driver or another vehicle is liable for the injured drivers’ damages.

What to expect after being rear ended?

It can take weeks for the symptoms of an injury from a rear-end collision to appear. Some injuries like broken bones or soft tissue damage are immediately apparent. But brain injuries, concussion symptoms, and herniated discs may not be noticeable at first glance or could grow worse over time.

What to expect after getting rear ended?

Expect Certain Injuries However, rear-end collisions tend to see some common injuries, such as: Whiplash. This is a soft-tissue injury caused when the head snaps back and forth like a whip. Whiplash often results in headaches, neck stiffness, problems sleeping, and dizziness or nausea.

Do I call my insurance if it’s not my fault?

Yes. Regardless of fault, it is important to call your insurance company and report any accident that involved injuries or property damage. A common myth is that you do not need to contact your insurance company if you were not at fault.

How much can you expect from a rear-end accident?

Truck rear-end accidents range between $100,000 to millions in settlement amounts. On average, the median award is a little over $100,000, with 299 cases of settlement amounts excelling far over $1 million in awards between 2010 to 2018.

What to expect after being rear-ended?

How much does it cost to fix a rear-end collision?

The rear-end repair cost could be between $50 and $1,500, depending on if you have a broken tail light, scratched paint, or a dented bumper. The rear-end collision repair cost could be much higher if you have structural damage.

Should I sue after being rear ended?

Rear-end collisions can leave you with thousands of dollars in medical bills, lost wages, and vehicle repairs. If you aren’t able to recover damages through an insurance claim, you may need to sue the other driver for compensation to cover your costs associated with the accident.

How do they test for whiplash?

Depending on the results, a doctor might order a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT) scan or X-ray if they suspect whiplash. But for most people, the injury occurs within structures too small to be seen in these tests. This is true even if you are experiencing pain.

What should I do if I’m in a car accident?

If you’re not injured and the accident was minor, carefully drive your car to the side of the road so it doesn’t impede traffic. Keep your hazard lights on and set up flares or reflective emergency triangles to alert other drivers to slow down. However, if the crash is more severe or if anyone is hurt, leave the vehicles where they are.

What happens if you get hit by a hit car?

Perhaps the hit car’s brake lights did not function. Or the hit car blew a tire and stopped in the middle of a traffic lane, rather than retreating to the shoulder of the road. In those instances, the hit car’s driver may have some comparative or contributory negligence in the collision that would reduce or eliminate any ultimate monetary recovery.

Do I need a lawyer after a car accident?

If you were in a car accident and believe there was no damage, you’ll still want to take notes and exchange information with the other driver. If you do discover an injury or vehicle damage later, you’ll be prepared. The car insurance claims process is usually quite straightforward; but sometimes you’ll want legal counsel.

What if the hit car driver’s negligence caused the accident?

This is particularly true if the hit car driver’s negligence caused the accident in some way. Perhaps the hit car’s brake lights did not function. Or the hit car blew a tire and stopped in the middle of a traffic lane, rather than retreating to the shoulder of the road.