The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports there are more than six million car accidents every year, and rear-end collisions account for more than 40% of all accidents. Seeing as rear-enders are the most common type of car accident, it’s likely that at one point in our lives, each of us will be involved in one, so it’s important to know what to do when one occurs.
- Stay calm. Experiencing any type of car accident can be traumatic, but staying calm can help prevent any further harm.
- Check for injuries. Rear-end collision victims can suffer serious injuries. Those involved may suffer from “whiplash,” which can permanently damage the neck, spine, or brain. It’s best to let a medical professional check for injuries because you might not initially realize you have been hurt.
- Contact the police. Even in minor accidents, obtaining a police report can help with the insurance claims process. A police officer will also investigate causes of the accident like distracted driving, drunk driving, or driving while fatigued.
- Get contact information. If you are able, get the contact information of the other driver, any passengers, police officers, and nearby witnesses. You will also need to collect the other driver’s insurance information.
- Take pictures or videos. Documenting the damage and road conditions of an accident can help insurance companies figure out what happened and provide coverage for needed repairs and/or medical treatment.
- Contact a lawyer. Meeting with a lawyer as early in the process as possible can help your claim for rightful compensation. An attorney will also help you understand the full cost of your injuries and advise whether or not an offered insurance settlement is fair.
Lubbock Rear-End Collision Attorneys
If you or someone you love was rear-ended in a car accident, the experienced lawyers at Liggett Law Group can help. We don’t settle for less than maximum case value, which means you can expect us to seek compensation for your doctor bills, physical therapy, surgery, and other necessary treatments, as well as lost wages, lost earning capacity, pain and suffering, and more. Contact us today to schedule a free, confidential consultation with one of our experienced Lubbock rear-end collision attorneys.