Rear-end accidents are commonly dismissed as mere fender-benders, but, this type of car accident often results in serious injuries and substantial damage.
If you’ve been injured in a rear-end crash, the car accident lawyers at Ketterman Rowland & Westlund are here to help. We’ve been named one of the best law firms in San Antonio by U.S. News & World Report. We’ve helped our clients recover millions of dollars for their injuries, and we want to help you however we can. Call us today or visit our contact page for a free initial consultation.
What Happens (Legally) After a Rear-End Collision
Here’s an outline of what will happen if you’re involved in a rear-end collision. We will:
- Investigate the crash – The first step is to examine all the evidence from the scene of the crash. This includes the police accident report, photos you’ve taken, and statements from witnesses. We will also review your medical records. We want to find all the potentially liable parties as well as fully document your injuries so you can recover the full amount of compensation you’re eligible for.
- Determine liability – The driver who hit you may not be the only party who’s liable for your injuries. For example, if the other driver’s brakes failed, you may be able to hold the vehicle’s manufacturer partially liable for your injuries.
- Gather documentation of damages – Your medical records, pay stubs, and other evidence all help show the extent of your losses as a result of the accident. This documentation is key to securing the maximum possible settlement.
- Negotiate with the insurance company – Insurance companies don’t like to pay any more than they have to after an accident. To get them to pay for the full extent of your injuries, you’ll need to negotiate and vigorously make your case.
- File a lawsuit – If the insurance company won’t agree to a fair settlement, filing a lawsuit can sometimes break stalled negotiations.
- Go to trial if necessary – If the insurance company still won’t agree to a settlement after a lawsuit is filed, it’ll be necessary to take your case to court. We will continue to fight for a fair settlement while we are preparing your case for trial.
When Can You Sue for a Rear-End Collision Accident?
In Texas, you can sue after a rear-end collision if the other driver was at fault. Under Texas’s “modified comparative fault” system, you can still sue even if the accident was partially your fault, so long as you are not more than 50 percent responsible for the crash.
Preparing for the Rear-End Collision Lawsuit
Here are a few tips to follow if you want to maximize the amount of compensation you could receive in a rear-end collision lawsuit:
- See a doctor as soon as possible and follow their treatment regimen.
- Keep a pain journal to document how your injuries impact your daily quality of life.
- Stay off of social media and let your attorney handle any communication related to your lawsuit.
- Hold on to all your medical bills, pay stubs, and other documents that establish the value of your economic losses.
Talk to a Rear-End Car Accident Lawyer Now
Our car accident attorneys at Ketterman Rowland & Westlund are standing by to help you with your rear-end collision case. We will work hard to hold negligent parties responsible for the harm they caused. Call our office or visit our contact page today to learn more.