Attorney for Texas Rear-End Car Accidents
One of the most common types of car accident is the rear-end collision, when one vehicle hits another from behind. In some instances, such a crash can cause a chain reaction, pushing one car into the one in front of it, which pushes that car into the next one and so on. These accidents, especially at high speeds, have a high potential for serious injuries and property damage.
A rear-end collision can happen for a number of reasons, such as driver inattention, sudden road changes, road hazards, or unsafe driving. When rear-end collisions result in injuries, the injured drivers should know what to expect. The force of an impact from behind can send a driver hurtling forward. The force will also cause the vehicle’s airbag to deploy, especially if the force of impact pushes the car into another car in front of it. A driver in this situation could sustain traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, bruises, cuts, and spinal cord injuries.
If you’ve suffered serious injuries from a rear-end traffic collision, contact our Texas car accident attorneys for immediate legal advice.
First Steps After a Crash
After a car accident, it’s crucial to remain as calm as possible and collect evidence that can help with your insurance claim and any possible future lawsuits. First, assess your injuries, move your vehicle out of traffic if necessary, and then contact the police. Texas law requires drivers to call 911 to notify the police of any accidents that cause injury or property damage. If you’re unsure whether or not a minor fender-bender with no apparent serious injuries requires a call to the police, it’s best to err on the side of caution and call them anyway. The police will take a statement from everyone involved and release you when they have finished their preliminary investigation.
After the police release you, seek medical treatment as soon as possible, even if you feel fine. Some injuries may not manifest noticeable symptoms for some time, and any delay in seeking treatment could cause a jury to look unfavorably on your story in a subsequent lawsuit. A doctor will be able to look for signs of internal injuries, traumatic brain injuries, or other possible damage. The doctor will discharge you after treatment and provide you with a medical report that outlines the extent of your injuries, prognosis, and treatment plan.
Filing Your Lawsuit
The first step in recovering compensation after a rear-end collision is determining fault. A common rule of thumb concerning rear-end collisions is that the rear driver has a duty of care to prevent his or her vehicle from crashing into another vehicle. Some situations, such as sudden lane changes or a driver in front slamming on the brakes, can make it impossible for another driver to stop in time. Many rear-end collision cases involve multiple possible defendants, and it will be up to the plaintiff’s attorney to prove the fault of one or more of them.
You should secure a medical report from your doctor and a police report of the accident from the responding law enforcement agency. It’s also wise to retain copies of any receipts or invoices related to your damages or expenses resulting from the accident. The compensable damages you can claim in a personal injury lawsuit include:
- Medical expenses. This can include hospital bills, emergency medical transportation fees, prescription costs, and any other expenses for medical treatment necessary after the accident.
- Pain and suffering. Texas law allows plaintiffs to recover compensation for their physical pain, emotional distress, and mental anguish resulting from a defendant’s negligence.
- Property damage. The plaintiff can sue for the costs of repairing or replacing a vehicle and any other property affected in the accident.
- Lost income. Plaintiffs can sue for lost wages if they must spend time away from work to recover after an accident.
Secure Experienced Legal Representation For Your Texas Rear-End Accident. Call Aaron A. Herbert, P.C.
A rear-end collision may sound minor, but some can be catastrophic or even deadly. Contact The Law Firm of Aaron A. Herbert, P.C. in Texas today to schedule a consultation about your recent rear-end collision. We’ll review the details of your case and let you know what type of compensation a lawsuit might yield.