Manassas Rear-End Collisions Lawyer
You are very likely to be eligible to pursue money damages if you got hurt because of someone else’s negligence. A Manassas rear-end collisions lawyer can help you hold the at-fault person responsible for your losses.
Call the Parrish Law Firm, PLLC, today at (571) 229-1800 for a free case review. There is no obligation.
Parties That Can Be Liable for a Rear-End Collision
Most people assume that the person in the back vehicle is at-fault in a rear-end collision, but sometimes the driver of the front car causes the accident. The determination of fault will depend on the facts of the situation.
The driver in the following vehicle might crash into the front car because they were:
- Tailgating (following too closely)
- Distracted or inattentive, owing, for example, to illegal use of a personal handheld device (as outlined in VA Code § 46.2-1078.1)
- Driving recklessly
- Acting with disregard for the safety of others
The driver in the front vehicle can cause a rear-end collision by:
- Slamming on the brakes suddenly without a valid reason
- Trying to “teach a lesson” to a tailgater
- Hitting the brakes at the last minute to avoid a collision due to inattention
- Sudden braking for an emergency like a child or an animal darting into the street
These are but a few examples of the many scenarios that can lead to a rear-end collision. Your situation could involve additional facts.
How to Establish Liability for a Manassas Rear-End Collision
We cannot file a claim for damages against every driver involved in the accident. You can only go after compensation from the at-fault party or parties (some accidents are caused by more than one negligent driver). We will have to prove all four of these factors to hold someone responsible for your losses:
- Duty of care. We must show that the defendant owed you a legal obligation. Everyone who operates a motor vehicle on a public street must follow the traffic laws.
- Breach of duty. When a person fails to meet the standard the law imposes, it can be considered negligence.
- Causation. The negligent act must be the thing that caused the accident.
- Damages. A person must suffer losses to go after money damages in a car accident injury claim. Physical injuries and related medical bills satisfy this requirement.
We must have evidence to back up all four of the elements of liability.
Three Things to Do After a Rear-End Collision
You can protect your health and legal rights by taking the right steps after a rear-end collision. You should always do what makes sense in your situation. Depending on your fact pattern, there might be other things that you should do. Here are a few suggestions of ways to safeguard your well-being and your right to pursue money damages for your losses:
Get Medical Attention
If you detect any injuries, you should seek medical attention immediately. Even if you did not notice symptoms of physical harm right away, but the collision involved a significant impact, you should get a professional medical exam.
Whiplash is a common injury after a rear-end collision, and, according to Mayo Clinic, has symptoms that can take hours or days for signs of this condition to appear. Other injuries, like head trauma or internal bleeding, can also have delayed symptoms. In the meantime, the injured person could have worsening physical damage that does not get noticed until he goes into a medical crisis.
Your medical records are vital evidence that connects your injuries to the rear-end accident. If you wait to go to the doctor, the at-fault driver can accuse you of getting hurt from something else, and not the collision.
Make sure that you continue attending doctor’s appointments and obey your doctor’s orders. In addition to helping you recover physically, it also protects your right to compensation. If you disobey your doctor’s orders, the insurance company may use that against you.
Get Legal Representation
Get help from a Manassas rear-end collisions attorney as soon as possible. In a matter of days, essential evidence could disappear. For example, if your car got totaled, the insurance company might sell it to a salvage company. The vehicle could be evidence of the severity of the accident and how fast the car behind you traveled.
At the Parrish Law Firm, PLLC, our clients get to focus their energy on getting better because they know that we are taking care of their legal matters. You can call us today at (571) 229-1800 to get started.
Stay Off of Social Media
We understand that you like to share with your friends and family when things happen in your life on social media. You should not, however, post photographs or comments about the rear-end collision on your Facebook, Instagram, or other social media accounts. Also, you might want to ask the people close to you to refrain from posting anything about the accident.
Although this advice might seem a little paranoid at first, many people have seen the value of their injury claims plummet because of things they posted on social media. The insurer of the at-fault party might get access to your accounts and take things out of context in an attempt to pay less money in the settlement.
How to Get Legal Help for Your Injury Claim
If you got hurt because of someone else’s carelessness, a Manassas rear-end collisions lawyer at the Parrish Law Firm, PLLC could help you go after money damages for your losses. We handle these cases on a contingency-fee basis, which means that we get paid out of the settlement or award at the end. You do not have to pay upfront legal fees to get our help.
You can call us today at (571) 229-1800 for a free, no-obligation consultation.
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