A rear-end car accident can happen in a flash. Unfortunately, dealing with the aftermath of a rear-end collision will take much longer. There are various issues to address, like any injuries you may have sustained, damages to your vehicle, and who is at fault for the accident. If you have been involved in a rear-end car accident and you are unsure of what to do next, you should consult an experienced car accident attorney immediately. If you need assistance in dealing with a rear-end collision, call Fayetteville car accident lawyer Ken Kieklak today at (479) 316-0438 for a free consultation.
What to Do After Being in a Rear-End Collision
Being in a rear-end collision can be a startling experience. Once you have determined that you have been in a car accident, you should try to remain calm and attempt to complete the following steps:
First, you should check yourself, any passengers, or other motorists for injuries. If anyone is injured, you should call emergency services immediately if you can. Do not try to move any injured persons unless you are trying to get them out of danger.
Next, you should speak with the other driver and gather necessary information like their name, contact information, license plate, insurer, insurance policy number, and anything else you feel is relevant at the time.
Even if you are unsure of whether you are at fault or not, you should call the police to the scene. Once police are on the scene, you should ask for the badge number of the officers and a copy of the police report once they are done investigating the scene of the accident.
Even if you are given a copy of the police report, you should still thoroughly document the scene yourself. You should take pictures of the damage to both vehicles, the location of the accident, note any injuries you may have suffered, and speak to any individuals who witnessed the accident and are willing to give a statement.
Once you are done documenting the scene, you should return home and contact your insurance agency as soon as feasible. Inform your insurer of the accident, as the other driver will likely do the same.
An insurance agent for the other driver will likely contact you to discuss the accident. At this point the agent will either offer you a check for your damages or they will deny their driver was the cause of the accident. Before accepting any money for your damages, you should probably consult with a lawyer.
This is not complete advice about how to deal with a rear-end car accident. You should always talk to a car accident attorney about the specifics of your case if you want to know more.
Who Is at Fault in a Rear-End Car Accident?
Arkansas has adopted the Modified Comparative Fault rule, or the “50% rule.” This rule states that when the victim of a car accident shares 50% or more of the fault in causing an accident, the victim will be barred from receiving any compensation from the other driver or drivers. If the victim’s liability in the car accident is under 50%, then the amount of compensation a victim will receive is reduced by the amount of fault they had in causing the accident. This rule is known as a Comparative Negligence Law.
Injuries Common to a Rear-End Car Accident
Due to the sudden nature of rear-end car accidents, drivers and passengers can be seriously injured as they are suddenly jarred without a moment to brace for impact. There are several kinds of injuries that are associated with rear-end collisions, here a few of them:
- Spinal Cord Injury – The sudden snapping of your head and back due to a rear-end collision can place severe pressure on your spine, causing damage to your spinal cord
- Whiplash – Whiplash is one of the most common injuries in rear-end collisions. The unnatural and sudden movement of a person’s neck due to the impact can cause whiplash in a car accident victim.
- Concussion – A concussion is a common injury when discussing rear-end car accidents. If the car accident victim’s head struck the steering wheel, windshield, or dashboard, it is very likely that they have suffered a concussion. Concussions are not always apparent. If you have hit your head in a rear-end car accident you should seek medical attention.
- Broken Bones – The impact of a rear-end car accident can cause a person to collide with other surfaces in a vehicle and suffer broken bones.
These are a just a few of the injuries that can be sustained in a rear-end car accident. If the injury you suffered is not on this list, you may still bring a personal injury claim for your injuries.
Our Fayetteville, AR Personal Injury Attorney Can Help You Recover Damages for Your Injuries
Arkansas rear-end car accident attorney Ken Kieklak has dealt with personal injury cases for nearly two decades and can help you file your personal injury case. Ken has diligently served clients throughout Northwest Arkansas and will work to recover the compensation you deserve. To schedule a free consultation, contact Ken Kieklak, Attorney at Law immediately at (479) 316-0438.