A rear-end collision entails one vehicle being hit from behind by another vehicle’s front end. A driver involved in these kinds of auto accidents might be the driver of the striking vehicle, the vehicle that was hit, or a vehicle that hit another vehicle because it was struck at the rear by another vehicle, like in multiple collisions.
Aside from being the most common type of collision, rear-end crashes are likewise responsible for a significant amount of injuries and deaths as well as substantial property damage yearly, according to the NHTSA.
Immediate Steps to Take After a Rear-End Collision
- Move your vehicle to the side of the road and check you and/your passengers for any injury. Call 911 if needed.
- Call the police so that a report of the accident can be made.
- Exchange contact details with drivers and/or any witnesses.
- Take videos or photos of the accident site and your vehicle.
- Go to the doctor even if you feel okay or don’t seem to be injured.
- Get in touch with a personal injury lawyer in Tampa with experience handling rear-end crashes, particularly if the accident resulted in serious injuries and/or the liable party and their insurer is denying your claim or trying to get you to settle your claim for an unfair amount.
What to Know About Injuries from Rear-End Accidents
Various kinds of injuries could result from rear-end collisions, including:
- Soft tissue injuries
- Back pain and trauma
- Spinal cord injuries
- Herniated discs
- Compression fractures
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
These injuries could leave rear-end crash victims with pain and disabilities that might go away in a couple of months or persist for years or a lifetime. Death is also a possibility in a catastrophic rear-end accident. Also, some injuries may not show up immediately after the accident, so getting an accurate diagnosis and follow-up health checks are vital.
Don’t Think that Insurance Providers Will Play Fair
Most, if not all, insurance providers always try to avoid liability for accidents for which their policyholders are at fault by blaming the claimant for the accidents. They will either try to get you to settle for less by downplaying your injuries or deny your claim altogether.
These are common tactics they use to take advantage of claimants who do not have legal representation and whose claims involve a significant amount of money. So when an insurance claims adjuster from the liable party’s insurer calls you to discuss your claim, don’t tell them anything about the accident before you’ve had a chance to discuss your case with a lawyer.
Call an Experienced Tampa Read-End Collision Lawyer Today
By understanding rear-end accidents, you will be more prepared in case you or someone you know experiences something like this in the future. Meanwhile, our Tampa rear-end collision lawyer here at Tragos, Sartes, & Tragos can help you learn more about your claim and your rights to fair compensation following your rear-end accident. Contact us online or call 813-223-6405 to schedule a free evaluation of your case with our Tampa rear-end collision lawyer.