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Collecting Damages in a Rear End Auto Accident

On Behalf of | Feb 14, 2017 | Firm News

There are many laws and regulations that have been put in place to improve safety on the roads. Unfortunately, there are still thousands of car accidents each day all across America. Car accidents can result in injuries, deaths, and significant financial losses for those involved. Sadly, many of these accidents are completely avoidable. Many auto accidents are caused by reckless decisions or a failure to adhere to laws and safety standards. When someone suffers damages as the result of a car crash that was caused by another individual, they have a right to fight for financial compensation.

The experienced auto accident attorneys at Tipp Coburn Schandelson PC help auto accident victims fight for the compensation they deserve. Here, we discuss the potential damages of rear end auto accidents. Contact our Missoula, MT practice to have an attorney evaluate your case.

Damages in Rear End Accidents

Rear end accidents are one of the most common types of collisions. In most of these cases, a rear end collision occurs when the trailing vehicle fails to respond in time when the vehicle in front of them stops. In many of these situations, the rear end accident occurs at fairly low vehicular speeds. However, even if a rear end collision does not involve high speeds, significant damage can occur. Aside from physical damage to the vehicles involved, rear end accidents often result in personal injury. Some of the injuries that are a particular risk of rear end accidents include:

  • Whiplash
  • Facial fractures
  • Dental injuries
  • Head or brain injuries
  • Back injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Bruises and abrasions

Proving Liability

When a rear end car accident occurs, many people assume that the fault automatically falls on the driver of the trailing vehicle. While the rear vehicle is often found to be at least partially to blame for the accident, there are situations in which the lead driver or extenuating circumstances (such as road conditions or vehicular malfunctions), may also be held accountable.

In all cases, our attorneys work to collect the evidence that is necessary to firmly establish liability so that our clients can be compensated for their losses. To assist these efforts, we recommend that all victims of auto accidents take the following actions:

  • Collect insurance information for all drivers involved
  • Take down contact information for any witnesses of the accident
  • If possible, take photos of the accident scene, including vehicles involved and the road conditions
  • Call the police to report the accident
  • Get medical attention for any injuries (we recommend an exam even if injuries are not obvious)
  • Contact an attorney as soon as possible

By building a strong case of liability, we can ensure our clients are compensated for the full extent of their losses. Damages that may be reimbursed through a lawsuit include medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Contact Us

If you are the victim of a rear end car accident, the experienced team of auto accident attorneys at Tipp Coburn Schandelson PC is here to help. Contact us at your earliest convenience to discuss the details of your case and learn more about your legal options.