What types of damages can be compensated after a rear end collision?

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What types of damages can be compensated after a rear end collision?


Car accident damages can vary depending on who was at fault and the state where the accident took place. In the event of a rear end collision, usually - but not always- the driver in the back is found to be at fault. Because drivers are required to maintain a reasonable and safe distance and be able to stop before hitting the car in front, it is generally straightforward to prove the driver in the back did something wrong.

If you are able to prove that the driver who rear ended you was at fault, in most states, you can expect to receive damages for:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress

These damages are designed to compensate you and to essentially put you back (as much as is possible) in the position you would have been in had the accident not occurred. Getting these car accident damages is important for most people's finances after an accident, and as such, it is almost always a good idea to hire a lawyer to help.

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