Getting rear-ended is a common car accident, but that doesn’t make it any less frightening or confusing. A driver may have been tailgating, speeding, or driving in a reckless manner. The resulting rear-end collision could have been avoided if the at-fault driver had not been driving negligently. Regardless, you find yourself on the receiving end of a rear-end collision. What are the steps you should take following this car accident scenario?
Check for Driver and Passenger Injuries
Immediately after the rear-end accident, check all drivers and passengers involved for any apparent injuries that require immediate medical attention. It’s common for those involved in an accident to experience a surge of adrenaline that may make it difficult to identify injuries or discomfort right after the car accident. Even if you think you aren’t hurt, you should have your doctor check for an injury so it can be treated as soon as possible.
Notify the Police and Report the Incident
Even if the damages appear minor, it’s imperative that you notify the police and file a rear-end collision report. The police report validates the insurance claim. This will get the process started for both insurance companies and allow the authorities to investigate who was at-fault for the accident.
Document What You Can
Keeping detailed notes of the accident will go a long way if you need to file a personal injury claim against the driver who rear-ended you. Take photos of the car accident scene with your cell phone, and be sure to write down the contact information, car make/model, and insurance information of the driver who hit you. Additionally, it’s smart to keep a record of your injuries and subsequent doctor visits as it relates to any bodily injuries and mental distress caused by the rear-end collision.
Be Careful to Not Admit Fault
Of course, you don’t want to admit fault to a situation that you are sure you did not cause. However, some actions can get misconstrued as admitting guilt. Thus, even though it is a stressful and unexpected event, you must be mindful of your words and actions.
Call Your Personal Injury Lawyer
Lastly, if you disagree with the insurance companies’ decision regarding who was at-fault for the accident, you should call your personal injury lawyer right away. An experienced Baltimore car accident lawyer can help you file a claim and collect full and fair compensation for your involvement in the rear-end collision.
Contact The Law Offices of Cardaro & Peek, LLC Today
Have you experienced a personal injury? If so, you may be entitled to compensation. Call The Law Offices of Cardaro & Peek, LLC today.
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