No matter how minor you think your car accident may be, all car accidents should be taken seriously. Just in 2017, the Nebraska Department of Transportation reported 36,227 auto crashes. Of those accidents, 22,511 resulted in only property damaged, 12,278 resulted in injury, 1,228 involved serious injuries, and 210 resulted in death.
Rear-end collision are some of the most common auto accidents and are often a result of distracted driving. According to the National Transportation Safety Board, rear-end crashes account for almost one-third of all auto accidents each year. These collisions can result in sprains, whiplash, and herniated discs.
In the event you’re the victim of a rear-end collision, it’s important to understand how the legal process works so you can receive the compensation you deserve and focus on recovery.
Steps to Take After a Rear-End Collision in Nebraska
Seek Medical Attention
The first and often most important step to take an accident is to seek medical attention. Evaluate yourself for any possible injuries and then check on the other party and any passengers. Call 9-1-1 so you can get properly looked over by a medical professional. Conditions like whiplash can take days to emerge and can have serious consequences if left untreated.
Call the Police
After you’ve sought out medical attention, call law enforcement officers and make a statement. You’ll need to file an official report. In Nebraska, you have ten days to file the report. You can mail your report or file one online.
Collect Contact Information
To file the police report and insurance claim, you’ll need contact information from the other driver involved in the accident. You’ll need their name, address, phone number, driver’s license number, and insurance policy number. Try to avoid talking to the driver about the accident. You don’t want to implicate yourself in any way.
Pictures are often the best form of evidence after a car accident. Make sure to take pictures of the damage to both vehicles, as well as the position of the accident. Documenting the position is incredibly important in the event of a rear-end collision.
Contact the Insurance Company
After you’ve followed the steps above, you’ll need to file the car accident claim with your insurance company. They’ll want your account of the accident, as well as the information and evidence you collected. After an adjuster has evaluated the claim, you’ll receive a settlement offer.
It’s likely that your insurance company will want to resolve your claim as quickly as possible. Because of this, you may not receive the best settlement possible and negotiations can be stressful. Our injury attorneys can help you review the facts of your claim, so you know what a fair offer looks like. Contact us today for a free consultation.
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