A rear-end collision is one of the most common types of car accidents that occur. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), almost 30 percent of all car accidents are rear-end crashes.
These types of accidents are often caused by the other driver speeding, engaging in distracted driving behaviors, drowsy driving, failing to leave enough space between vehicles, and aggressive driving.
Even minor rear end collisions can result in serious injury. Many victims walk away from what they think is a minor crash, only to develop symptoms of injuries several hours or even days after the accident. Many victims of these accidents sustain:
- Back and spinal cord injuries;
- Closed head injuries;
- Internal bleeding;
- Internal organ injuries;
- Knee injuries;
- Shoulder injuries; and
- Whiplash and other neck injuries.
What to Do after a Rear-End Collision
If another driver has hit you from behind, a North Carolina accident attorney recommends you take certain steps to ensure your right to file an injury claim against the at-fault driver.
The first thing you should do is check for injuries. If anyone in either vehicle has been injured, call 911 for emergency medical assistance. You also want to notify law enforcement. You want to make sure you remain at the accident scene until police get there. The accident report police fill out can be used as evidence in your injury claim.
If you are not seriously injured and are able, make sure to obtain the at-fault driver’s contact information, including phone number, their driver’s license number, vehicle registration/plate number, and their auto insurance information. Never apologize or admit any culpability to the driver. This could be used against you later on to deny your claim.
You also want to obtain the contact information of any witnesses to the crash. Take photos of the accident scene, including damage done to the vehicles and any surrounding property or items that may have been damaged. It is also a good idea to take photos of any traffic signals and signage, as well as other geographical information which your Carolinas accident attorney could use. Document weather and road conditions, as well as the condition or the other driver and passengers.
Even though the other driver’s insurance company will be liable for damages, you should still contact your own insurance company to file an accident claim.
Whether or not you have noticeable symptoms, you should still seek medical attention. There are some car accident injuries – such as internal or head injuries – where early symptoms can be silent ones and by the time a victim realizes something is wrong, the result can be very serious, if not fatal.
Contact an N.C. Injury Attorney
Once you have been seen by a doctor, your next step should be to contact a North Carolina car accident attorney. Our legal team has successfully represented numerous car crash victims and would be happy to discuss the circumstances of your case and what your legal options may be.