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Rear-Ended? Now What?

It happens to the best of us — you’re sitting at a red light or a stop sign minding your own business and WHAM — a car slams into you from behind. These types of rear-end collisions are frustrating but all too common on the roads.

Should you be involved in a rear-end collision, it’s important to follow the following steps.

Call 9-1-1

In the event that you’ve been rear-ended on the road, it’s imperative to report the accident to the authorities. As soon as it is safe to do so, call 9-1-1 and await officers to arrive at the scene. They’ll fill out a detailed police report, documenting the accident for insurance companies to reference at a later date.

Exchange Information

It may take quite some time for the police report to be made available to you. When you file a claim, it will be helpful to have some information on hand. Exchange the following information with the driver(s) involved.

  • Name
  • Driver’s License Number
  • Insurance Provider
  • License Plate Number
  • Vehicle Make & Model
  • Phone Number

File a Claim

File a claim with your insurance company as soon as possible. We recommend doing this as soon as you return home. Your provider will explain your policy and options to you.

Contact a Lawyer

Should the insurance company of the party at-fault for the collision refuse to pay, you’ll need legal representation to receive the compensation you deserve.