Of all the different ways a car accident can occur, a rear-end accident is arguably the most common. In fact, many people have probably already experienced at least one rear-end accident in their lives—and it is almost always the same story. You are driving along, maybe listening to the radio or watching the traffic light phase to red as you slow your vehicle to a stop when, suddenly, a few seconds after stopping, you feel a sudden jolt and hear the front of the car behind you crunching into your rear-bumper.
The roads of San Bernardino are many, and the chance of being in an accident at any given time is always there-especially during “rush hour.” Usually this type of collision occurs because the driver behind you is in a hurry and not paying attention. Unfortunately, this leads to that driver following your vehicle too closely, and being unable to stop in time…the result of which is a rear-end accident. Realistically, these accidents could have any number of causes: inattention, excessive speed, poor visibility, intoxication, etc.
The real danger of a rear-end accident is that the effects are often not felt until days after the collision. Whiplash, and other symptoms of more severe spinal or nerve issues may fly under the radar for a surprising amount of time. For this reason, it is very important that you contact a personal injury attorney in San Bernardino if you have recently been involve din a rear-end accident.
Once an accident is reported, the at-fault party’s insurance company will try to settle your case with you as quickly as possible; typically before you have had the opportunity to really appreciate the severity and extent of your injuries. This means that you will have signed away your legal right to recovery before you find out how much medical treatment-up to and including surgery-you really need. If you don’t have health insurance, it may be very difficult to obtain and pay for your treatment.
If you or a family member are the victim of a rear-end accident in San Bernardino or the surrounding areas-whether you were the driver or passenger-it is important that you contact a personal injury attorney as quickly as possible. An experienced attorney knows how to get you treatment, how to protect your rights, and how to deal with your insurance company in order to get you the compensation you are owed.