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If another vehicle runs into you from behind, you may be wondering what to do when you get rear-ended. Almost 40% of all crashes in Arizona are rear-end accidents, and some of these collisions are serious.

Injuries sustained from rear-end accidents can be long-lasting and lead to chronic issues. We can help you get the compensation you deserve for treatment and missed wages.

Immediate Steps To Take When You Get Rear-Ended

It's good to know what to do when you get rear-ended.

The scene after a crash is often chaotic, but do your best to remain calm. Your first priority should be safety. Do an initial analysis of the scene and the physical status of you and any passengers. If you are in the middle of traffic, move off to the side, if you are able, to prevent further crashes and damage. When anyone seems to have severe injuries, call 911 for immediate assistance.

If it is not a life-threatening situation, call the police so you can fill out an accident report and they can investigate the scene. Exchange information with the other parties involved, but do not admit fault. If the other party seems angry or if you feel unsafe for any reason, wait for law enforcement, and the officers can deal with obtaining contact and insurance information.

Although the police will investigate the accident and talk to witnesses, you may want to take your own pictures of each vehicle, the surrounding area, and details of the damage. Once things calm down, contact your insurance company and file a claim.

One thing to avoid when you get rear-ended is to treat the situation as trivial. Even in a minor crash, there may be hidden physical damage that ends up being costly to repair. Plus, many accident injury symptoms do not appear until hours or even a day or two later.

Medical Needs To Consider After a Rear-End Crash

Part of what to do when you get rear-ended is to address injuries right away.

If you notice any symptoms right after the accident, seek prompt treatment, as some injuries can be severe. Common injuries sustained in a rear-end collision include:

  • Whiplash
  • Sprained or broken wrist
  • Dislocated shoulder
  • Fractured vertebrae
  • Concussions or head injuries
  • Fractured bones

Some of these symptoms, such as those from whiplash, may not be apparent right after the accident. Even if you feel OK, it is a good idea to make an appointment with your medical doctor or chiropractor in the days following the crash to ensure you do not have underlying injuries that may be serious. Untreated injuries can lead to more major issues down the road.

If you receive treatment for any related injury, keep all records of medical care. Also document any missed workdays due to treatment or healing.

Contact Our Attorney When You Get Rear-Ended

The next recommended step after a rear-end crash is to contact a personal injury attorney. Some injuries require long-term treatment and rehabilitation, and our legal team knows how to fight for your rights so you can receive proper compensation for your care.

When you get rear-ended, contact us at Sargon Law Group. We can review your case and determine if you should take legal action.