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What should you do after a rear-end collision?

A rear-end accident may seem like it comes out of nowhere. Unlike a head-on collision, you usually don't see a rear-end collision coming, so you have no time to prepare yourself for the imminent danger. As a result, you may suffer injuries like whiplash or others due to the impact that you weren't prepared for.

After a rear-end accident, you should report the accident to the police. Call 911 as soon as you can, so you can have the emergency team come to the scene. Even if you don't think you're hurt, you'll want the police and emergency medical technicians there to help with the crash. Others could be hurt or you could find you need medical help as your adrenaline begins to wear off.

Immediately following the incident, you should make sure everyone is alright if you're able to do so. If anyone is hurt, it's important to let the EMTs know when you call 911, so they can be prepared on arrival.

After this, take time to record what happened. Talk to witnesses about what they saw, discuss what happened with your passengers and talk to the other driver. Write down everything you remember about the events, because your memory may fade later on. If you can, it's a good idea to take a video of the scene or to take photos of yourself, others and the damage that was caused. You can give that evidence to your attorney, who can help you file a well-supported claim for compensation. With strong evidence and police report in your favor, making a claim should be simple.

Source: FindLaw, "Hit in a Rear End Collision? 3 Things to Do Next," Christopher Coble, Esq., accessed Sep. 28, 2017

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