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If you have been rear ended, you will have to assess damages, determine fault and figure out insurance coverage limits to find out how much you may be entitled to receive in damages.
Determining fault in a rear end case is generally pretty simple; however, there are instances when the person who rear ended a car is either not at fault, or only partially at fault. For example, if your rear lights were not functioning properly, you braked suddenly and unexpectedly, or if the driver was hit from behind by another car resulting in a multiple care collision, liability for your damages may be more complicated.
Consult with your insurance company about the incident to determine how much coverage you have. Generally, if the other driver was at fault, their insurance would be required to pay, but there are exceptions such as drivers without insurance and some states that operate on a no fault system.
Finally, figure out your damages. If you missed work, include the cost of lost wages. The damage to your vehicle is part of damages and any medical expenses. In some cases, other damages, such as pain and suffering, are also available.
If for any reason, you feel that talking with a lawyer about your case would be prudent, you are encouraged to contact an attorney for an initial consultation. A lawyer should be able to provide you with helpful advice about your case and the law in your state.