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Fighting For The Rights Of Rear-End Collision Victims

“Keep your eyes on the road.”

It’s good advice to drivers everywhere, a reminder to look out for pedestrians, traffic lights, stop signs, yield signs and other traffic. Unfortunately, there is one thing that keeping your eyes on the road cannot do: protect you from negligent drivers who fail to heed that advice.

Being on the wrong side of a rear-end accident is an unfortunate reality for many drivers and passengers in North Carolina. If you or a loved one has been injured in a rear-end collision, your fight may only be beginning. As if you are not going through enough due to your physical pain and emotional damage, the insurance companies are readying a barrage of legal games designed to prevent you from obtaining the financial compensation you and your family deserve for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost earnings.

At Roberts & Harris PC, the insurance dragons know us well and they know we will do whatever it takes to slay them and make things right for our clients. Our team of attorneys includes a former insurance company defense lawyer who knows the games they will play. Our attorneys are well-equipped to provide you with the compassionate representation and fierce advocacy you need during a difficult time. We will not be satisfied until you have the financial compensation you need to make things right after your accident. Call 877-404-1138 now for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer.

What Is A Rear-End Automobile Accident?

A rear-end automobile is exactly what it sounds like. It occurs when one vehicle hits the rear end of the vehicle in front of it.

The physical damage inflicted in rear-end accidents can vary wildly from accident to accident. Some people walk away with nothing more than the pain in the rear that comes from knowing they will need to get their car fixed. Others don’t walk away at all, instead suffering spinal cord injuries or head injuries as a result of the crash. No matter how a driver or passenger feels in the immediate aftermath, it is crucial to get checked out by a doctor. Internal injuries that are invisible to the naked eye can be life-threatening. Being seen by a doctor also establishes a record of medical treatment that can bolster your future claims if you begin to feel delayed symptoms such as back pain, neck pain, or headaches.

Whether your recovery requires physical therapy, chiropractic care, therapeutic massage or extensive surgeries, the bottom line is that those costs should not be coming out of your pocket. You didn’t choose to get injured but you can choose to pursue the compensation you deserve for your medical bill, your pain and suffering, your vehicle damage, your lost wages and more.

Who Is At Fault In A Rear-End Collision?

Rear-end accidents are almost universally the fault of the driver in the trailing vehicle. This is based on the assumption that no matter how erratic, annoying or otherwise flighty the leading driver is, the driver in the trailing vehicle retains responsibility for applying the brakes in a timely manner to avoid a collision. These accidents are synonymous with negligent drivers who engage in reckless behaviors such as:

  • Speeding
  • Inattentive driving
  • Distracted driving
  • Following too closely

Evidence of such behaviors will go a long way toward demonstrating the driver’s negligence and building a case for obtaining the compensation you deserve for your injuries, lost wages and other damages. As we do in all motor vehicle accident cases, we will thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding your accident and the available evidence from the scene. This includes poring through evidence, including police reports, witness statements and traffic camera footage. We will also take the time to understand how your injuries affect and will continue to affect your life. Any settlement that fails to provide the compensation you need right now and for the rest of your life, when appropriate, is simply not good enough; we will not hesitate to take your case to trial if the insurance company fails to negotiate in good faith.

What Does A Collision Estimator Do After A Rear-End Accident?

“Hi, I’m Bob from the Insurance Company. How are you feeling?”

They will probably seem friendly. Maybe even helpful.

“Who’s they?”

Collision estimator, insurance adjuster, insurance dragon. No matter what they are called, the insurance company will be putting someone on your case. Their goal is not to help you navigate the process and get what you need, their goal is to resolve your claim as cheaply as possible whether you are made whole or not. You have absolutely nothing to gain by speaking with them on your own. You do have a lot to lose if you sign off on a settlement without knowing what the fine print means for your well-being. It is crucial to make sure you have a personal injury attorney on your side. Why? Because your attorney will be looking out for you and your family – not the insurance company and their shareholders.

Put A Proven Personal Injury Attorney On Your Side

You should not attempt to deal with this on your own. Luckily for you it will cost you nothing to find out how we can help you maximize your compensation after a rear-end accident. Contact us today for a free initial consultation.