What to Do if You Get Rear-Ended
Rear-end collisions are one of the most common types of car accidents you could be involved in. When most people think of getting rear-ended, their first thought is maybe sitting in traffic and the car behind them coming up a little fast, knocking their own car forward a little bit with minimal damage.
If only rear-end collisions were that simple. Unfortunately, these types of car accidents can cause far worse damage than just bumps and bruises. It is not uncommon for people to suffer catastrophic injuries after being rear-ended.
If you’ve been rear-ended, maybe a little in shock about what’s happened, and aren’t sure what you should be doing next, continue reading to get the help you need.
Seek Medical Care
One of the most important things you can do after being rear-ended is seek medical care. If you haven’t been to the hospital or seen by a doctor yet after your accident, stop what you’re doing and get evaluated immediately.
Just because you feel “fine” now doesn’t mean you don’t have more severe, internal injuries that cannot be seen at this time. You’ll be happy you saw the doctor when there is medical documentation of your injuries soon after the accident rather than days later.
If you have been seen by a medical professional, you’ve already taken the first step in obtaining evidence you’ll need to support your case for compensation after your accident.
Consider Your Options
Once you are medically stable, it’s time to consider your options. You may be feeling overwhelmed thinking about and replaying everything that has happened to you. Rear-end accidents may seem minor to those who have never been involved with one, but some of our clients have experienced debilitating injuries and trauma from rear-end collisions.
Many have been able to start to regain control of their life after contacting a lawyer and seeking justice for what has happened to them. You can start by filing a claim with the liable driver’s insurer since Colorado is a fault state for car accidents.
This could help you obtain compensation for your accident-related medical expenses and property damage. But any damages that exceed the limits of the liable party’s policy, and any other damages that are not covered, will need to be sought after in a civil claim.
Although pursuing a lawsuit may feel intimidating, especially while you are recovering, if you have a qualified and compassionate attorney by your side, you may find the entire process to be less stressful than you thought. The right lawyer could make all the difference in your case.
Contact a Car Accident Lawyer
If you have been injured in a rear-end collision and you are ready to take action against whoever is responsible for causing your injuries, meet with a reputable car accident lawyer at Justice for Colorado.
Our firm proudly offers complimentary consultations to injury victims across the state. Take advantage of this opportunity when you call our office at 303-647-9691 or complete the convenient contact form included below.