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Rear End Crashes

Rear End Collision Attorneys at Smith & Hassler Will Assist You with Your Case

Among the most common types of car accidents are rear end collisions. At Smith & Hassler, we have seen a growing number of these types of cases over the past few years with the use of cell phones. More and more drivers are texting while driving and facing other distractions. The result is often a rear end collision that leaves people injured. Our car accident attorneys help victims get the compensation they deserve.

Generally, the rear-most driver in a collision is the responsible party. But the rear-ending motorist can have a case if there was no other way to avoid hitting the car in front of him or her.

Insurance companies often assume that there are only minor injuries, if any, during rear end collisions. We understand that your injury, no matter how minor it might appear to an insurance company, can create unwanted medical bills and other burdens in your life.

Here are some questions that we’re frequently asked about rear-end car accidents.

I got rear-ended. Now what?


  1. Call 911

Always call 911 after a 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 happened at the scene.

  1. Get information from others involved in your accident

Get the name, address, license number, registration number, and contact information of all drivers involved in the car accident. Exchange insurance information with the other driver. Make sure to get insurance policy numbers. 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.

  1. 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 tread marks, property damage, and any traffic signals and street signs that may be relevant to the accident.

  1. 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.

  1. 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:

  • Whiplash
  • Broken bones
  • Other internal injuries
  • Brain Injury/Brain damage
  • Spinal cord injury

All injuries qualify for compensation – from whiplash to broken bones, TBIs to paralysis – when they are been caused by someone else’s negligence.

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 two have been diagnosed and documented.

What is the average rear-end accident settlement?

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 are. There have been even more of them over the past few years due to distracted driving caused by the growing use of smartphones. More drivers are texting while driving and this results in more rear-end collisions, leaving more people seriously hurt.

It is generally 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 (713) 739-1250 for your free personal injury consultation today.

What We Can Do For You

Our 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 Rear End Accident Lawyer with Our Firm

At Smith & Hassler, an experienced personal injury attorney will assist you or your loved one in your case. Call (713) 739-1250 for your free personal injury consultation today. We work with injury victims in Houston and across Texas.

Remember, your initial consultation is free, and you don't pay us unless you win.