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Steps to take after a rear end car accident

Every time you take to the road you know that you could be part of a motor vehicle accident.

Fortunately, there are times when your quick thinking can help you avoid trouble on the road. An example of this would be the ability to quickly move your car out of the way if somebody changes lanes without signaling.

Conversely, there are times when there is nothing you can do to prevent a crash. This is typically the case with a rear end car accident.

An example of this would be when you're sitting at a red light, waiting for the signal to change. Out of nowhere, a car approaches you from behind and smacks into your vehicle. There is nothing you can do to prevent this.

If you are the lead car in a rear end collision, here are a few things you should do:

  • Call 911. This may not be necessary in the event of a minor fender bender, but if you are injured or the damage is serious, you need police and an ambulance to arrive at the scene.
  • Record everything that happens. This can include but is not limited to the time, insurance information of the other driver, and witness contact details.
  • Take photos of the damage and accident scene. This may not be possible if you suffer a serious injury, but if you're able to take photos you should consider doing so.

A rear end car accident has the potential to cause serious injury, such as whiplash. This back and neck injury can lead to long term pain and discomfort.

Depending on the circumstances and the approach you want to take, you may want to learn more about your legal rights. Since it's likely to be clear that the other driver was at fault, you may be able to receive compensation for your injuries and other damages.

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