What to Do if You Get Rear-Ended
Rear-end collisions are some of the most common accidents drivers are involved in. But no matter how common these crashes are, it’s still normal to be confused about how you should proceed.
Our team at Siler & Ingber, LLP is here to help ensure that all accident victims have the best chance possible of receiving fair compensation for their damages. We’ve highlighted below what to do if you’ve been rear-ended.
Call the Police
Whenever you’re involved in a collision, the first thing you should do is contact the police and call them to the scene of the crash. Not only will having an officer there ensure the other driver behaves responsibly and doesn’t skirt his or her obligation to provide a statement and exchange insurance details, but it will also allow you to gather an official report about the collision.
This will play a crucial role later when you file a claim for compensation. The police report is a key piece of evidence in proving your case to the insurance company.
Next, use your phone or a camera to take pictures. You should document the scene of the crash, any damage your vehicle sustained, and any injuries you might have incurred. This will help prove what you actually suffered at the time of the crash so the insurer can’t dispute your claim later on.
Go to Your Doctor
Even if you don’t feel like anything is wrong, it’s crucial to go to a doctor immediately after your crash. Some injuries, such as whiplash (which is common in rear-end accidents), may take a while to make themselves known, and having proof that you sought medical treatment will aid in obtaining medical care benefits.
Hire a Lawyer
If you sustained significant damages or injuries and want to file a claim to seek compensation, hiring a lawyer is one of the most important steps you can take. Getting the insurance company to work with you is no easy task, but your lawyer will have the skills, courtroom experience, and knowledge to help you garner a successful outcome.
Get in Touch with Siler & Ingber, LLP
To receive fair compensation after you’ve been rear-ended, you may need the help of a lawyer. Get in touch with the team at Siler & Ingber, LLP. We will represent your best interests and ensure the insurance company doesn’t get by with giving you minimal compensation.
To schedule a consultation with a car accident lawyer at our firm, give us a call at 1-516-294-2666. For more information about what we can do for you, fill out our online contact form at the bottom of the page today.