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What to Do When You Get Rear-Ended

If you were injured in a rear-end collision, you need  to know what to do after the accident, your legal rights and, your legal options regarding the losses you sustained when you were rear ended.

Steps to Take After a Rear End Collision

1. Call 911  

Seek help from emergency services including the Pearland Police Department, Houston Police Department or Harris County Sherriff’s office. Make sure to get evaluated for injuries immediately.

2. Obtain Contact Information

Get the following information from all parties involved or who were witnesses to the rear-end collision.

  1. Legal Name
  2. Phone Number
  3. Driver’s license number and picture
  4. Insurance Information and picture

3. Take Photos and Videos of the Accident Scene

Use your cell phone to take photos and video of:

  1. all your car accident property damage;
  2. the injuries of those who were hurt;
  3. the road where the accident occurred.

4. Document Your Personal Memories, Physical Changes and Injuries

As soon as possible so you don’t forget any details, document your personal memories, your emotional and physical state. This can be accomplished by using the voice memo app on your iPhone or typing your thoughts into a notes app as well. This is important because many serious car accident injuries are not obvious immediately after the crash.

5. Report Your Auto Accident to Your Insurance Company

6. Retain and Organize Documents

Seek copies of the police report from the Pearland Police Department through their “Event Search.”  If your car accident was in Houston city limits, you can get your Houston Police Department report through LexisNexis. Obtain important documents including, but not limited to:

  1. medical records;
  2. medical bills;
  3. accident scene photos and videos;
  4. witness statements.

7.  Follow up with medical providers

To ensure all of your injuries are documented, treated, and addressed appropriately, make sure to see a medical provider as soon as possible. Sometimes in the immediate aftermath of traumatic experience adrenaline runs high and we are unable to feel the full extent of the trauma to our bodies. In addition, some internal injuries may not be readily noticeable to us but can be devastating and even deadly.

8. Consult a Rear End Accident Lawyer

The right legal team can help you prove your case and get you the compensation you deserve. Our Pearland car accident attorneys are knowledgeable and have experience helping clients get through the aftermath of car accident injuries and subsequent recovery.

Who Is at Fault in A Rear-End Collision

Even if you are rear-ended while driving, it can still be difficult to determine who is at fault for the car accident. While most people think the person hitting you from behind is automatically at fault, this is not true. Fault can be found for both vehicles or one or the other; however, most commonly the vehicle causing the rear-end collision from behind will be found negligent. Be sure to speak to a rear accident lawyer about the specific facts of your case.

The attorneys at JD Silva & Associates have the experience, the passion, and the tenacity to fight for our clients. Send us a message today today to set up a free, no-obligation consultation, or call us at (281) 944-4354.