Rear-end accidents are among the most frequent types of car collisions and are on the rise in the Burbank area. These accidents occur when one car is struck from behind (" rear-ended") by another vehicle. These accidents can lead to serious injuries. A rear-end collision lawyer helps those injuries in a rear-end accident seek compensation.
If you or a loved one has been hurt, call Drake Law Firm at (844) 513-7253 for a free consultation with our rear-end car accident lawyers in Burbank.
Who Is at Fault?
If you have been rear-ended by a car behind you, it is most likely that the other motorist is at fault. If you rear-ended a vehicle in front of you, you might be at fault, unless the person behind you hit you and caused you to rear-end another car.
The driver behind you may be deemed liable if they failed to stop in time as traffic slowed down or stopped. This is because the rules of the road require a car to be able to stop safely if traffic in front of it slows down or comes to a complete stop. If a vehicle is not able to stop without rear-ending another vehicle, it might be assumed that the driver of that vehicle was not acting as safely as they should have been.
There are many ways to prove liability in a rear end accident. One way is relying on eyewitness testimony from individuals who were at the scene when the accident took place. Another good way of supporting a claim is to look to the police report for a description of the accident. Finally, physical evidence such as damage to the automobile and skid marks on the street can help establish fault.
What to Do After Being Rear-Ended by Another Vehicle
In the moments after a vehicle accident, it is likely that you will be under much stress. You may be confused, lightheaded, or even physically hurt. It is therefore important that you know what to do in advance to increase your chances 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 number of rear-end collision situations, the driver of the front car does not experience pain instantly after the accident happens. However, it is possible for pain and aching to arise hours or even days after the crash. Getting medical attention after a rear-end collision is for that reason 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 confirm the injuries you sustained.
2. Report the Accident
The next step is to report the accident to the police. Police officers will submit an accident report which will record all relevant elements of the accident, including the parties involved, the location of the accident, as well as the time and date of the collision. Notably, police officers might be able to collect statements from onlookers that managed to witness the rear end collision.
3. Document the Collision
An essential step that is often forgotten by individuals who were rear-ended is to document the collision 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 accident after it occurred. Keep copies of police reports, medical records, and vehicle repair shop estimates in an organized file. Recording this evidence will make it much easier to establish your claim against the party that rear-ended you.
4. Get In Touch with a Vehicle Accident Lawyer
Finally, you need to get in touch with a car accident attorney. The recovery and settlement process with the other motorist or the other motorist's insurance company is commonly time-consuming and aggravating. A car collision lawyer can alleviate the burden of this process by handling important tasks such as talking to witnesses and conducting investigations into the collision. A car accident attorney will also be able to guide you with the settlement or litigation process and will be there to provide you legal guidance concerning complex legal issues such as negligence.
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