When you get rear-ended, get an experienced lawyer
attorney Armando Edmiston knows what it takes to win
Getting rear-ended by another driver can take you by surprise—and leave you badly injured. A rear-end collision is one of the most common types of car accidents that you can have and causes thousands of people to get injured every year. Unfortunately, that doesn’t make dealing with the insurance company any easier when it comes time to discuss compensation.
Why should you have to pay for a car accident that wasn’t your fault? Don’t let the insurance company push you around. Attorney Armando Edmiston knows how to handle insurance adjusters and will aggressively advocate for your best interests. Whether it’s through a cash settlement or a jury verdict, we will put in the work to get you the payout you deserve.
If you get rear-ended and injured, let our law firm fight to help you maximize the value of your claim. Armando Personal Injury Law has recovered millions for clients in Tampa and throughout Florida. Learn how an experienced rear-end accident attorney can help you. Contact us today for your free case evaluation.
I got rear-ended. What should I do now?
If you get rear-ended by another driver, you should try to remain calm and assess the situation. If it’s safe to do so, move your car out of the road so that you can avoid another collision and you don’t hinder the flow of traffic. Activate your hazard lights to alert other drivers there’s been a crash and check to see if anyone has been injured. After that, you should:
- Call the police to report the accident. If anyone needs immediate medical attention, ask them to send an ambulance. When the police arrive, tell them what happened and stick to the facts. You’ll be able to get a copy of the official accident report on the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles website for a fee.
- Get the other driver’s information. Take down their name, address, phone number, license and registration numbers, insurance company name, and policy number. Do not argue about who was at fault or say anything that could be misunderstood as admitting fault.
- Take pictures. Show a detailed overview of the crash scene, all the damage to every vehicle involved, skid marks, traffic signals, street signs, road construction, and anything else that might be relevant to the accident. If you have visible injuries, be sure to document those with pictures, as well.
- See a doctor right away. Even if you feel fine, you need to get checked out by a medical professional at a doctor’s office, hospital, or urgent care facility within 24 hours of your crash. Some injuries have delayed symptoms, so getting checked out right away is the safest option. Document your visit with the doctor and be sure to attend all follow-up appointments. Remember, Florida law requires you to seek medical care within 14 days of your accident for PIP claims.
- Notify your insurance company. Let them know you were in a car accident but stick to the basic facts and don’t go into too much detail. If they ask you to give a recorded statement, kindly decline and refer them to your attorney. Do not talk to someone else’s insurance company, lawyer, or investigator.
How does insurance work if you get rear-ended?
Liability (that is, who is responsible for the accident) usually isn’t contested in a rear-end crash, since there is a strong presumption that the driver in the rear vehicle is at fault. However, the extent of damages (financial compensation) is often contested, especially if the collision happened at a low speed. It’s common for insurance companies to downplay the extent of an injury or argue that it wasn’t sustained in the accident at all.
What is the Payout for a rear-end accident?
Without knowing all the details of your accident, the answer is “it depends.” If you were rear-ended and suffered injuries, you can pursue compensation to cover all your accident-related expenses, including medical bills, lost income, loss of future earnings, property damage, and other losses as a result of your crash. Don’t look at any settlement offer you receive from the insurance company as an accurate estimate of your damages, as the insurance company is only interested in protecting their bottom line. The only way to find out how much money your claim is really worth is to let an attorney review your case during a free consultation.
Let our law firm fight to get you full compensation
Don’t let the insurance company give you a hard time. Attorney Armando Edmiston can handle every aspect of your claim and fight to get you the payout you need and deserve. We’ll listen to your story, get to the bottom of what happened to you, and build a case for the full amount of compensation you deserve.
Best of all, you don’t have to pay us anything unless we win. That’s because we represent our clients on a contingency fee basis. See what Armando Personal Injury Law can do for you. Contact us today for your free case evaluation.