San Antonio, TX, with its crowded roads and highways, is a hotspot for rear-end collisions. Distracted drivers and sudden stops cause motorists to collide with the back of another car, triggering a chain-reaction, and often very severe injuries.
If you or a loved one were injured in one of these accidents, the rear-end collision lawyers at Felix Gonzalez Law will fight for your right to fair compensation. Our car wreck injury lawyers offer free consultations and helpful emergency resources to get you on track to improved health and a just settlement.
Every accident is different, and your final settlement amount will depend on multiple factors.
The most common legal remedy available to victims of a rear-end collision is monetary damages; or more simply, money. The amount of money you may be entitled to will be calculated based on:
- Damage to your car and other property
- Hospital and medical bills
- Ongoing physical therapy or medical care expenses, and
- Lost time at work
Other factors, which are more difficult to calculate, are:
- Pain and suffering
- Reduced quality of life, and
- Loss of earning capacity
This is where a rear-end collision lawyer is most helpful. The insurance company will try to lowball you and offer a settlement that doesn’t cover all your losses. We’ll argue for every possible entitlement so that your settlement is truly representative of everything the accident cost you. This could mean the difference between a $3,000 settlement and an $80,000 settlement.
Your actions immediately following a car accident can significantly affect the outcome of your claim, settlement, and case. More importantly, they can affect your health and how quickly you recover from your injuries.
If you’re the victim of a rear-end collision, take the following steps:
- Check for injuries and seek immediate medical help – One of the biggest mistake car accident victims make is refusing medical attention from first responders. Even if you don’t feel pain, it doesn’t mean you’re not injured. Injuries such as nerve damage, whiplash, and concussions are often difficult to feel in the shocking moments after an accident. Let a medical professional determine if you’re injured or not.
- Document the scene of the accident – It’s important to always call the police following an accident so they can perform a proper investigation of the scene and prepare an official report. This can become critical to your case. If you’re physically able, you should start your own record, as well. Take pictures of your car and that of the party at fault. Swap insurance information with the other vehicles involved and get names and numbers from witnesses, if possible.
- Do NOT speak to the insurance companies – You should report the accident to your insurance company, but only give them basic facts. Do not admit fault or answer any other questions. If, and when, the other drivers’ insurance company tries to contact you, do NOT speak to them. Anything you say to them can and will be used against you. Call us first so that we can speak on your behalf.
Rear-end collisions are generally caused by the rear car, but that’s not always the case. Proving fault, then, involves several factors:
- Traffic violations – Did any of the drivers violate traffic laws?
- Witness statements – Who saw what?
- Speed and car position – How fast was each car going and where were they in relation to the others?
- Physical evidence – What do the photographs and police reports show?
No rear-end collision victim should have to navigate the aftermath alone. We’ll be with you every step of the way, speaking on your behalf, and fighting for the compensation you deserve.
Call us for your free consultation today.