Did You Get Rear-Ended? Fight Back with a Houston Car Accident Lawyer
Let Our Personal Injury Attorneys Hold Them Accountable
Among the most common types of car accidents are rear-end collisions. At Smith & Hassler, our Houston car accident lawyers have successfully handled plenty of cases where our client was seriously injured in a rear-end crash caused by a someone who was texting while driving.
If you’ve been injured in a rear-end crash, call our law firm right away. Our Houston car accident attorneys can help you hold the at-fault party accountable and get you maximum compensation for your damages. Contact us today for a free consultation.
In general, the driver who hit you from behind is almost always responsible for your damages, though there are some exceptions. Even if your case might seem straightforward, insurance companies have a habit of downplaying the severity of rear-end collisions and may question the extent of your injuries.
Our Houston car accident lawyers realize the impact a serious crash can have on your life – no matter how much the insurance company tries to minimize your injuries. Make them start taking your rear-end collision seriously. Call our law firm right away.
I got rear-ended. Now what?
- Call 911
Always call 911 after a rear-end car accident, even if you think the crash is minor. If anyone needs emergency medical attention, ask for an ambulance. When police arrive, tell them the truth about what happened, stick with facts, and ask how you can get a copy of the official police accident report. That report will be important evidence to build your case, as it is the official version of what the investigating officer believes happened at the scene.
- Get information from others involved in your accident
Get the name, address, phone number, driver’s license number, and insurance information of every driver involved in your rear-end crash. After you’ve exchanged information, note the year, make, model, license plate number, and VIN number of every car involved in the accident. The VIN can be found at the corner where the windshield meets the dashboard.
- Record the accident scene
If it’s safe, record the crash scene with your phone. Try recording from different perspectives and make sure to show damage to every car involved in the accident. You’ll also want to record any tire marks, property damage, and any traffic signals and street signs that may be relevant to the accident.
- Get the contact information of any witnesses
If anyone saw your car accident happen, get their name, and contact information. Ask if they’d provide a written statement because their testimony is another important piece of evidence when making a claim.
- Write everything down
Write everything down while it’s still fresh in your mind. Write down all the details about your car accident, including the time and location of the accident, which way the cars were traveling when the crash happened, weather conditions, road hazards, and any other relevant information about the crash.
What are some rear-end accident injury symptoms?
Depending on the severity of the accident, injuries suffered by crash victims can vary. The most common injuries sustained in rear-end car accidents include:
- Broken bones
- Other internal injuries
- Brain Injury/Brain damage
- Spinal cord injury
Most injuries qualify for compensation – from whiplash and broken bones to traumatic brain injuries and paralysis.
If you get rear-ended, seek medical attention ASAP. Seeing a doctor should be your top priority after being in a car accident, even if you feel OK. A doctor visit isn’t only important for your health. It can also help with your claim. Your case is helped if you seek professional medical care promptly. When you seek compensation for the suffering that you've endured in and after a car accident, if you haven’t seen a doctor, it is easier for the insurance company to question the severity of your injuries compared to those who have been diagnosed and documented.
What is the average settlement for a rear-end car accident?
The amount of compensation you receive for your injuries depends on the details that are specific to your car accident. If you were injured in a collision that wasn’t your fault, you may be able to recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages from missed time at work, pain and suffering, and more.
Do I need a Houston rear-end car accident lawyer?
A rear-end collision is one of the most common types of car accidents. There have been even more of them over the past few years due to distracted driving from using smartphones. More drivers are texting while driving, which results in more rear-end collisions and more injuries.
It is assumed that rear-end car accidents are always caused by the driver who hit the car in front of them. That driver can have a case if there was no other way to avoid hitting the car in front them, however. A personal injury lawyer can help rear-end crash victims get the compensation they deserve for their injuries sustained in a rear-end collision.
Remember, at Smith & Hassler, your initial consultation is free, and you don't pay us unless you win.
The car accident attorneys at Smith & Hassler are experienced personal injury attorneys and will assist you or your loved one with your case. Call for a free consultation today.
See What Smith & Hassler Can Do for You
Our dedicated legal team will investigate your accident to learn the facts. It's also important that you seek medical attention soon after your accident, so a doctor can assess your injuries. After investigating the accident and reviewing your medical needs, we can determine the true value of your claim.
Whether you have sustained whiplash, back and neck injuries or any other types of injuries, you deserve justice and have legal rights after a rear-end collision. It's important to call Smith & Hassler to get the compensation that you deserve after your accident.
Contact a Houston Rear-End Car Accident Lawyer Today
At Smith & Hassler, an experienced personal injury attorney will assist you or your loved one in your case. Call for your free personal injury consultation today. We work with injury victims in Houston and across Texas.
"I selected S&H to represent me after a motor vehicle collision in 2013 where I was rear ended. Daragh Carter was assigned to my case and from the very start it was clear that he was 100% focused on guiding me through the process and ensuring that the outcome would cover all my medical bills and damages. Every exchange with Daragh and his team was always very pleasant and compassionate, including checking up on me as I had to have procedures done on my back. After an initial settlement, I was pleasantly surprised to find that they had continued to push on my case and I received a final settlement that now truly covers all my medical, and outstanding losses. It feels so good to put this accident behind me thanks to their hard work and support. I'm so glad I selected Smith and Hassler to represent me and I recommend them 100%!" - M