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Steps to Take After Getting Rear-Ended During Rush Hour

Steps to Take After Getting Rear-Ended During Rush Hour

Car accidents happen frequently in urban areas, and though rush hour is one of the most inconvenient times to experience a wreck, it’s also more common for collisions to occur at this time of day when roads are congested and drivers are focused on getting home or to work. Rear-end collisions can occur during rush hour because traffic is constantly changing speeds and drivers may be more distracted.

If you’ve been rear-ended during rush hour traffic in San Diego, it’s important to stay calm and follow specific steps to take care of your situation. Once you’ve handled the initial steps on your own, a San Diego car accident lawyer from The Kindley Firm, APC can assist you with filing a lawsuit and recovering the compensation you deserve. 

Pull Over and Call the Police

When you are first rear-ended during rush hour, attempt to drive your car to the side of the road. If you wreck is so severe that your car won’t turn on or you’re injured and can’t drive, stay where you are and traffic will drive around you. Either way, call the police immediately.

The police should respond to your wreck as soon as possible and medical help should follow. The police will file a report detailing your accident, which includes your information and the colliding driver’s information. They’ll report where and how the wreck occurred and whether any injuries resulted. They may also take photographs as evidence.

Exchange Information and Keep Records

If you can, exchange information with the colliding driver for your records. You should also take pictures of the accident and obtain a copy of the police report after the accident. Once you’ve started recovery, keep records of any relevant information such as medical bills, witness testimonies, and video footage.

Speaking to a lawyer as soon as your accident occurs can be helpful because your attorney can begin an investigation and start gathering evidence to support your claim. You can focus on recovery while your case for compensation grows stronger. 

Prove Negligence and Recover Damages

After you’ve gathered sufficient evidence against the driver who rear-ended you, you can prove negligence against them in court and maximize your settlement by accounting for all your damages. You can recover both economic and non-economic damages in your claim.

Economic damages include any financial losses you’ve suffered, such as medical expenses, lost wages from missing work, and property damage. Non-economic damages include any non-financial losses you’ve suffered, such as emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life, and pain and suffering.  

Reach Out to a San Diego Car Accident Attorney

Rear-end car accident claims are easier to win than most because the driver who hit you will likely be liable for your damages; however, the support of an experienced attorney can still benefit your case. You never know how strong the defense will be or what strategies they’ll throw your way.

To speak with a San Diego car accident lawyer from The Kindley Firm, APC, call 619-550-1313 to schedule a no-obligation consultation or visit our website for more information.

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