A high percentage of all car accidents are rear-end collisions. It’s one of the most common kinds of accidents we see at John Foy & Associates. While common, these accidents also have hidden dangers that could cause you pain and suffering weeks after the accident.
By working with our rear-end collision attorneys in Covington, we can help you get compensation for all your medical care and car repairs. You may also be eligible for other damages, depending on your case. Here’s how we approach rear-end collision cases.
Determining Fault in a Rear-End Collision
In any accident case, the first question is, who was involved? The second question is, who was at fault? In most rear-end collision cases, it’s the car with front-end damage that is the at-fault driver.
There are situations where the driver in front has more fault, but that will depend on the facts of the case. As long as you are under 50% responsible for the accident, you can still claim damages and get compensation.
If you do share in some of the blame, your percentage of fault will lower your total compensation. If you received $100,000 in damages, but had 20% fault in the case, you would receive $80,000 total. One of our tasks is to lower your percentage of liability as low as we can, given the evidence.
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Damages You Could Claim in a Rear-End Accident
Damages are the consequences of your accident. Your compensation “heals” the damages to make you as close as possible to how you were before your accident. Some damages you can claim in your rear-end collision include:
- Car repair or replacement
- Medical examinations and hospital stays
- Medical gear and prescriptions
- Lost wages from work
- Disability payments, should you become unable to work
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Wrongful death damages, if you had a loved one die
These are just the most common damages. There are several others that may apply to your case. Your rear-end collision lawyer in Covington will look for all evidence that supports your claim for damages, then fight for the full value of those claims.
Rear-end accidents often lead to whiplash and TBIs. Beyond providing evidence, you do not have to worry about negotiating your damages. Your job is to rest and recover after your accident, follow your doctor’s advice, and work on getting your health back. Let us handle the legal details.
What a Rear-End Collision Lawyer Will Need to Prove
Rear-end collisions are fairly easy to prove, but all personal injury cases rest on four items. Your claim becomes legitimate if we can prove these four things. The other side will fight to disprove or minimize them.
The first is the duty of care. For rear-end collisions, this is determining who was behind the wheel in the accident. All drivers have an automatic duty of care for all other drivers. The second is a breach of duty, or negligence. We have to show the other driver did something wrong to cause an accident. The police report will help prove both.
The third thing is causation. We must show that your injuries did not exist prior to the accident. A medical examination will detail your injuries and when you received them. The last thing is damages, which we’ve already discussed.
Improve Your Claim by Heeding Your Lawyer’s Advice
You’ll also receive legal advice when you hire a rear-accident collision lawyer. This advice can improve your chances of a favorable result in your case. Some things you can do before you speak with a lawyer include:
- Reporting the accident to the police
- Taking photos and video of the accident scene and your injuries
- Getting contact information for any witnesses
- Seeing a doctor right away after your accident
- Declining to speak with any insurance representatives before you speak with a lawyer
- Following all the advice of your doctor
If you take these steps early, you’ll protect yourself, your claim, and it will be easier for your lawyer to assess if you have a case. If you hire a lawyer, they may have additional advice tailored to your situation.
Speak With John Foy & Associates Today
John Foy & Associates has been helping people in Georgia with rear-end collision cases for over 25 years. Our results prove we know how to handle insurance companies. We’ve recovered over 1 billion dollars in compensation for clients.
Your consultation with us is free and without obligation. You do not have to pay us anything unless you win your case. Contact us today to schedule your consultation with a Covington rear-end collision attorney. The sooner you act, the better your chances.