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Steps to Take If You’re Rear-Ended

Getting rear-ended is a startling event that will leave anyone feeling unsettled. While worrying about your own safety, there’s a lot to think about after the accident occurs. Understanding who to contact and what steps to take immediately following the accident will make the process go much more smoothly.

Seek Medical Attention If Injured

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The first thing you should do if you’re rear-ended is to check for injuries. Seek medical attention right away for anyone in the car who’s in pain. Even if the injuries are minor or you aren’t sure if you’re hurt, it’s still a wise idea to get a second opinion from a medical professional. Some injuries, such as those involving the neck or back, aren’t present until many days after the accident. Additionally, you will want a physician’s notes on file for showing proof of injuries.

File a Police Report

Everything that has happened at the scene of the accident should be documented. While it’s a smart idea to take pictures and make personal notes immediately following the accident, a police report is an invaluable resource for both filing an insurance claim and going to court. It’s also best to have police on the scene to make sure the conversation doesn’t get heated between you and the other driver. Also, be sure to contact both insurance companies right away, and be cautious if the other driver says they want to handle the accident without any contact between respective insurance agencies or the police.

Contact an Attorney

If you’ve gone through these steps but feel you need the assistance of someone experienced in handling such matters, then reach out to an accident attorney who specializes in rear-end collisions. Based on the facts and information you provide, an attorney will be able to make a clear decision about whether or not you have a case.

Rear-end collisions happen every day, especially in the Five Boroughs. If you have been injured in a rear-end collision, then reach out to the attorneys at Leav & Steinberg LLP. For over 20 years, our firm has delivered results for clients who have been seriously injured. Contact us today for a free consultation.