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What to Do If You Were Rear-Ended at a Stop Sign


The American road network is full of stop signs, which are in place to tell drivers to stop and look. However, given the fast pace of life, some drivers ignore stop signs and end up causing collisions. In particular, if one car stops and then gets rear-ended (a car driving into the back of them). If you’ve been rear-ended at a stop sign, here’s what you need to do.

Get to a Safe Place and Call the Police

After your rear-end collision, you’ll need to get in touch with the police and wait for them to arrive. However, you should only do this once you’re in a safe place. If you’re able to exit the vehicle and get off the road, then do this.

Take Details of Other Driver

Depending on the severity of the crash and injuries to both parties, you should attempt to speak to the other driver to collect their details. Even though emotions may be running high, you mustn’t say anything incriminating – just collect their details and leave it at that.

If you or the other driver are incapacitated, you can collect the relevant information from the police report.

Speak to Witnesses

If there are other drivers or pedestrians nearby, ask around to see if anybody saw what happened. Having a witness testimony can be essential when claiming compensation. Collect contact details for all witnesses and hand the information over to your attorney, which will investigate matters on your behalf.

Take Photos

Crash site photos are also helpful evidence for a compensation claim. If you can access and use a smartphone, you should take photos and videos of the site. Try to get shots from every single angle, even if you don’t think it’s relevant. You may pick something up in your shots that an expert can use to win a compensation case.

Get Medically Assessed

After doing everything above and collecting the police incident number, you have to get checked over by a medical professional. Even if you don’t appear to have injuries, you have to have clear medical documentation if you’re looking to claim compensation.

Document Everything

Often, a collision can have a wider impact on life. For example, sustained injuries can leave you off work, which can lead to financial difficulties and stress. If anything happens as a result of the collision, you must document it. Make sure you record any feelings, medical expenses, and loss of earnings.

Claim Compensation for Damages

The statute of limitations for a compensation claim is two years, which is why you need to act fast and keep a record of evidence – two years is plenty of time for you to forget details. To get the compensation you deserve, make sure you get in touch with our auto accident lawyers today.

Rear-end accidents are one of the most common, but you should treat the aftermath the same as any other collision. If you need to seek legal advice, then don’t hesitate to contact us.

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