Rear end accidents are commonplace on roads and freeways as so many drivers are distracted by electronic devices, affected by fatigue or exceeding the speed limit. When this type of accident happens, typically injuries are serious and damage to vehicles is severe. When individuals get into their vehicles to do their regular commute, go to visit relatives or go on vacation, they expect to get to where they are going safely, but unfortunately this doesn’t always happen. However, it is possible to file a PI claim for compensation to cover the financial hardship if the rear-end accident is not your fault. You may need a personal injury lawyer to help you through the PI claim.
What is an Auto Claim?
A personal injury claim for a rear end auto accident is a demand made by the victim of the accident for compensation from the driver who caused the accident. The compensation is paid by the at-fault driver’s insurer when it is satisfied that there is sufficient evidence to prove that the drive was negligent and caused the rear end accident. PI compensation includes all the cost of medical treatment for the victims, any damage to the auto and a calculation made for pain and suffering. If the victim can prove the at-fault driver was negligent it may be possible to negotiate punitive damages which, if approved, may make up the largest component of a PI claim.
When an auto accident takes place the first step the victim has to take is ensuring that there is sufficient evidence to prove who is to blame. This should include the following:
- the police report describing the accident and who is to blame;
- eye witnesses’ reports;
- photos taken at the scene showing the vehicles involved in the accident;
- footage retrieved from surveillance cameras, if available;
- physician’s report of the victim’s injuries and recovery time;
- receipts for medical treatment already paid for.
Why is a Police Report Important in an Auto Accident?
A police report provides a reliable document that can be presented to the insurer of the at-fault driver when filing a PI claim. The key information in the police report includes the following:
- the place where the rear end accident took place;
- the date and time of the rear end accident;
- a description of damage to the autos involved;
- the injuries inflicted on the drivers and passengers;
- written, signed statements from witnesses of the rear end accident.
As soon as sufficient evidence has been acquired and to help ensure a successful PI claim you should contact a PI attorney.
Speak with an Attorney
An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you file a PI claim with the at-fault driver’s insurer. You have a far higher chance of winning compensation if an attorney works on your behalf.