You drive around knowing car crashes are possible—even common. But you never expect to be the victim of a serious collision. When a rear-end crash suddenly injures you or a loved one, you have to figure out what to do next.
The next best step after getting medical help is to call a Los Angeles car accident attorney. We’ll talk with you about auto insurance coverage, filing a claim, and recovering a better-than-average settlement for a rear-end collision in California.
Reach out to our firm by filling out our short online form or give us a call today for a free consultation.
There is no average settlement for a rear-end collision because each claim is unique. Technically, you can average any set of numbers. But there’s no point in comparing what other people received after rear-end crashes. Their cases had different factors from yours, including injuries and insurance coverage.
Instead of focusing on settlements, court awards, averages, or calculators that you find online, you’re better off talking with a Los Angeles car accident attorney.
An experienced lawyer can review your specific situation and help you understand whether you have a claim and if so, the factors that may increase or decrease your compensation.
If someone hurts you in a rear-end accident, you can pursue compensation for your economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages are financial losses that might include:
Non-economic damages are intangible losses that might include:
In limited circumstances, you may also be entitled to punitive damages. However, these types of damages are reserved for cases where the defendant behaved egregiously. Your attorney can advise you as to whether these damages might be available in your case.
Fault and liability for any crash depend on the facts. Most rear-end collisions occur because the rear driver is careless and strikes the vehicle in front of them from behind.
Common causes of rear-end accidents include:
However, in some circumstances, the vehicle in front could be responsible for the crash. For example, someone without working brake lights might slam on their brakes. Then, without any warning, the driver behind wouldn’t have time to stop.
It’s essential that you gather as much evidence as possible to prove fault. If a rear-end crash caused you injuries, talk with a lawyer about how you’ll establish fault whether you’re dealing with insurance or going to court.
You can use many kinds of evidence to prove the other driver caused the collision, including:
Gathering car accident evidence on your own can feel impossible when you’re hurt and dealing with medical care. Talk with our lawyers at Glotzer & Leib, LLP about collecting evidence for your claim.
You may recover compensation after a rear-end wreck if you were injured in the crash, can prove the other driver was at fault, and file within the California statute of limitations for auto accident claims.
Other factors matter, too, including:
California law requires drivers to carry liability insurance of at least $15,000 for one person’s injuries or death, $30,000 for two or more people’s injuries or deaths, and $5,000 for property damage.
Additionally, you or the at-fault driver may have other insurance policies to cover your damages, such as Medical Payments (Med Pay) coverage or uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage.
Our Los Angeles car accident lawyers will help you recover the maximum compensation possible for your injuries through negotiating a settlement or filing a lawsuit.
The best advice we can give you is to act quickly after a car accident. You’re more likely to win a satisfactory settlement if you get medical help and legal advice immediately and not weeks or months down the road.
We recommend you see a doctor right away, even if you choose not to go to the emergency room immediately. If your symptoms get worse in the days or weeks after the crash, go back to your doctor. You want to officially document all your physical and emotional injuries and medical care.
When we represent you, we’ll gather evidence on your behalf. But you should get started if you haven’t already contacted us.
We recommend collecting:
All this evidence can help us support your claim after a rear-end crash.
The best way to get the most from your car accident insurance claim is to have a lawyer represent you. Our experienced injury lawyers in California know how to gather evidence of the other driver’s fault, gather proof of your injuries, and put forward a convincing argument for the maximum amount.
Often, the final settlement amount comes down to negotiations. That’s why you want an experienced attorney on your side. You want someone who understands what your case is worth and how to negotiate for a fair amount. That’s tough to do on your own.
Glotzer & Leib, LLP has proudly helped accident victims in the Los Angeles area for over 50 years. We focus on holding careless drivers accountable for the harm they cause.
While we can’t fix the situation, we can demand you receive compensation for your bills and pain and suffering.
Contact us today to schedule a free case evaluation.
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