Merging accidents are some of the commonest accidents on the freeways and highways throughout the country. Whether a car is joining a freeway from an on ramp, or weaving its way through traffic on different lanes of the freeway, mistakes are made which lead to serious accidents. One of the worst accidents is when a merging vehicle enters a lane and suddenly stops.
This gives the vehicle behind no choice but to stop suddenly leading to a rear-ender. If you have been injured in a merging accident and you are not to blame you may be eligible to file a claim for personal injury compensation. It’s important to contact an experienced PI attorney who understands your situation and will work hard to get the compensation you deserve.
The Sort of Injuries that Are Common In a Rear End Accident?
If the merging vehicle suddenly stops in front of you the chances are you will rear end it as you won’t have enough time to hit the brake. You and your passengers could be seriously injured and the merging vehicle’s too. The likely injuries are:
- spinal injuries like a herniated disc;
- fractured and broken limbs;
- internal organ damage;
- lacerations to the face and arms caused by a broken windscreen.
How to File a Personal Injury Compensation Claim
As long as you have the evidence to prove you didn’t cause the accident, you should be entitled to PI compensation to relieve the financial burden of an accident that’s not your fault. You may be able to get your medical treatment costs paid for you, any loss in income while you are recovering and an amount for pain and suffering which is calculated by the amount of suffering and emotional stress you have to endure from the injuries.
The Process for Claiming PI
As soon as a serious accident like this has taken place you need to get the medical treatment you need for you and your passengers as soon as possible. A successful PI claim is often based on the evidence provided to the at fault driver’s insurer. This may include:
- witness’s accounts of the accident;
- photos taken at the scene of the accident;
- the police report from the attending police officer;
- a medical report from your physician.
As soon as you have all this information you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney.
Why You Need a PI Attorney
You may think you have a proven case for eligibility for compensation, but the at-fault driver’s insurer may think differently. A PI attorney knows how to present a coherent case and will have a much higher chance of winning a favorable settlement for you than if you try by yourself. You shouldn’t even need to pay any upfront fees as most PI attorneys work on a contingency fee basis which means you only pay if a settlement is reached.