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My car was rear-ended. Now what?

Common wisdom on the road states that if someone hits your car from behind, it is always the other driver's fault. However, when it comes to real-life incidents, many details come into play and this may not always be the case. The laws and circumstances surrounding rear-end collisions can be complex.

Additionally, if you are hurt as a result of a rear-end crash, you may have sustained injuries that require medical attention and perhaps long-term care. When medical bills start to pile up and insurance companies begin to push back about paying claims, the whole situation can feel overwhelming.

Information to gather

Reconstructing the sequence of events surrounding the rear-end collision is important, so you can demonstrate that you were not at fault. There are different types of information you should collect after the accident. For example, you should get the other driver's contact information and insurance information. You should call the police so they can file a report of the accident, and make sure you get the officers' contact information for future reference. 

Insurance matters

Insurance compensation may be one of your first concerns. This refers to both car insurance for the damage to your vehicle, and health insurance to cover your medical expenses. If you have already spoken to your insurance company, they may have told you the documentation they need from you in order to begin the process of your claim. This is a critical phase in the process because you want to ensure that you get as much compensation as you deserve to cover your expenses.

There are many other types of information to gather and a long list of steps that you must carefully take in order to ensure your best chance for receiving compensation for your injury. Many people have found peace of mind by consulting with an attorney who works with rear-end collision cases. This type of lawyer can inform you about your rights and your options.

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