Rear-end Collisions

West Virginia Car Accident Attorney

Wolfe Law Firm is a respected personal injury law firm in Elkins, West Virginia. Our track record of success spans over 20 years of passionate advocacy and dedication to service. We are committed to helping victims of negligence recover for their loss.

Rear-End Collisions

Rear-end collisions are one of the most common traffic accidents caused by negligence. Largely preventable, they can involve two or more vehicles in a chain reaction. Laws of physics state that the force of a moving object travels through one at rest until kinetic energy is expended. A vehicle moving at high velocity can therefore cause damage to more than one car. Chain-reaction collisions are common when an approaching vehicle hits the last vehicle in a closely-packed line. In single or multiple-car crashes, there is usually one driver at fault. Rear-end collisions caused by negligence often involve:

  • Intoxication
  • Cell phone use
  • Speeding, passing
  • Distracted driving
  • Medication side effects
  • Falling asleep at the wheel
  • Inadequate braking distance
  • Sudden, multiple lane changes
  • Defect or malfunction in brakes
What to Do After a Rear-End Collision

There is never a good time to be hit by another car. Pull over to the side of the road when it is safe to do so and look for the other driver. Perform a mental scan of your body and do not move if you feel any pain. Ask somebody else to call an ambulance for emergency care. If you are able to move and exit the vehicle, call the police. While waiting for police, you can record some useful details, including:

  • Driver’s name, contact information
  • Insurance company, policy number
  • Color, year, make, and model of car
  • Driver’s license and vehicle plate number
  • Time of day, description of accident scene
  • Any witness statements, contact information
  • Pictures of damage, location using cell phone

Do not leave the scene of the accident without a police report and keep copies of any bills. This includes hospital expenses, doctor’s visits, and miles traveled for medical treatment. Follow up with witnesses and maintain any correspondence relating to the accident. Even if you do not feel pain right away, obtain a full check-up to detect latent injuries. Medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering are all damages the liable driver must pay.

Dealing with Insurance Companies after a Rear-End Collision

Insurance companies generally look out for their bottom line. They profit from minimizing liability for your loss. As such, it is rarely in your best interests to talk to the other driver’s insurance company after an accident. You are under no obligation to give a statement, recorded or otherwise, following a crash. Never sign a waiver of liability or agree to a settlement offer without consulting a lawyer first. Remember that accepting an immediate payout prevents you from filing suit in the future. To preserve the full value of your claim, ask an experienced insurance claims lawyer to deal with insurance adjusters on your behalf. Attorneys can obtain substantially greater compensation from all liable parties, not just one lump-sum payment.

Wolfe Law Firm Preserves Your Right to Relief

If you were injured in a rear-end collision in West Virginia, contact an experienced car accident lawyer at Wolfe Law Firm today. We promptly respond to protect your rights and ensure you receive full compensation for your harm. For over 20 years, our Elkins office has recovered awards for accident victims throughout West Virginia. We offer free consultations and do not get paid unless you do. In order to bring a personal injury claim, it is imperative to act quickly or you may forfeit your right to relief. Wolfe Law Firm is dedicated to winning your claim at trial or through settlement. Let us help you get back on your feet. Call (877) 637-5756 for a free, no-obligation consultation or contact us online.