You stopped at a red light. The intersection ahead of you is clear, and you’re waiting patiently for your light to turn green. Suddenly, you hear screeching tires. The car coming up behind you is approaching quickly; it’s moving too fast to stop.
Just like that, you’ve become a victim of a rear-end collision. You may not feel that you were seriously injured, but that doesn’t matter right now. It’s of the utmost importance that you take steps to seek medical treatment and to talk to the other driver if you are able.
The first thing you need to do is to call for help. If you are injured, the other driver should call for assistance. If both of you are unable, a witness or other party may need to call for you if they saw the crash.
When the police arrive, they will create a report about the crash. If you are injured and unable to talk to the police, they may come to speak with you at the hospital. Otherwise, tell them what happened, but don’t apologize or indicate in any way that you could be responsible for the crash; in this case, it’s not your fault that the other driver didn’t stop. The purpose of the police investigation is to determine fault.
After the police report, you should attempt to get information about the driver and witnesses at the scene. Try to take photos of the scene. With evidence of what took place along with the information about witnesses and the driver, your attorney can help you file a claim to get compensated. Our website has more on the steps you should take next.