We know you have many choices when choosing a lawyer for a car accident claim. Billboards, commercials, and targeted ads all tell you how highly rated a firm is, but it’s hard to tell what a law firm truly has to offer just from its marketing strategy.
If you’re looking for a rear-end collision lawyer, look no further. We take car accident cases statewide, including Boulder area accidents. As our small college town grows, so does the number of accidents. We are here to ensure our residents have a lawyer they can count on.
Rear-end accidents occur when a vehicle collides with the one in front of it, often resulting from tailgating, distracted driving, or sudden stops. These accidents can cause injuries, from whiplash and concussions to more severe conditions, like spinal cord injuries and broken bones.
Rear-end crashes are one of the frequently occurring types of crashes. Although a fender bender might come to mind when mentioning rear-end accidents, rear-end accidents are surprisingly deadly. In fact, rear-end accidents make up nearly 18% of all motor vehicle fatalities. The percentage might seem low, but it represents a surprisingly large slice of deadly vehicle accidents.
What to Do After a Rear-End Accident
Acting promptly and purposefully after a rear-end accident will protect your legal rights and ensure no stone goes unturned at the accident scene.
The first thing you should do is seek medical attention. Your health is the top priority. Then, contact the authorities. Call 911 or report the accident to the police after you’ve addressed your injuries and moved off the road. The police will create an accident report that will be essential when filing an insurance claim or pursuing legal action.
Next, gather evidence that might help your accident claim. Relevant evidence might be photographs of the accident scene, witness statements, and even a copy of a weather report. The evidence you collect will help support your case and determine liability. Plus, this information will likely need to go to the insurance company.
Be sure to contact the insurance company immediately after the accident, but be cautious when providing the details. An attorney is better suited to discussing the accident with the insurance adjusters because an insurance adjuster may try to minimize your claim.
It’s ok to give the accident’s date, time, location, and the other party’s insurance information, but if they ask for any other details, say, “I would feel better giving you more details in a few days.” Waiting to give details gives you time to speak with an attorney about your case.
Lawyer for Rear-End Collision
After you’ve handled all the initial steps following an accident, the next step is to consult an attorney. An attorney will evaluate your case, protect your rights, negotiate with insurance companies, and, if necessary, represent you in court. But where do you start when narrowing down potential firms to handle your case? When selecting a rear-end collision lawyer, consider the following.
Look for a lawyer who handles primarily personal injury cases and has specific experience with rear-end collisions. They should have a successful track record of handling similar cases. For example, at the Tenge Law Firm, you’ll notice the majority of our $500k+ recoveries are car accident cases. We have helped thousands of clients maximize their recovery after a car accident.
Knowledge of Colorado laws and regulations and familiarity with the local courts is essential in collision cases. For example, we represented a man who was involved in a rollover car accident and suffered serious injuries.
Unfortunately, the at-fault driver had relatively minimal insurance policy coverage. Without a nuanced understanding of the laws governing personal injury, we could not have known to pursue the accident as a product defect case instead of a typical car accident case.
We hired expert engineers and examined the vehicle our client was in for any defects and filed suit against the at-fault driver, the big auto manufacturer, and our client’s own underinsured motorist coverage. We recovered more than $3 million for the client.
Communication and Availability
In addition to hiring a quality attorney, you also want a reliable lawyer who provides clear communication, responds to your queries, and keeps you informed about the progress of your case.
In most big law firms, reaching the attorney on your case is extremely difficult. The larger firms have layers of employees that handle your claim, not just the attorney, and you will never speak to the attorney on the billboard.
Involving such a huge firm makes contacting your lawyer extremely frustrating because you are just another drop in the bucket. You don’t have to worry about that at the Tenge Law Firm. We can guarantee you can speak directly with an attorney.
Before hiring a lawyer, discuss the lawyer’s fee structure during the initial consultation to avoid surprises. Many personal injury lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, meaning they only get paid if they win your case.
When a lawyer charges a contingency fee, the fee must still be reasonable based on the attorneys’ experience, time spent on the case, their ability and reputation, the degree of difficulty, and the results and costs involved. Also included in the reasonableness factor is the attorney’s overhead costs.
When a law firm has high operating costs, they charge more. Don’t settle with a big firm that needs to charge you more to clear its overhead costs. The Tenge Law Firm is a boutique law firm that focuses simply on the client’s needs.
Boulder Rear-End Collision Lawyer
Contacting an attorney after a car accident ensures your claim is handled professionally and diligently. The Tenge law firm has recovered over $50 million for our clients over the past seven years, primarily for car accident cases. J. Todd Tenge is one of Colorado’s top 10 personal injury attorneys for client satisfaction. Contact our firm today.