Who is at Fault in A Rear-End Car Accident?

Rear end car accident lawsuit

Rear end car accident claims

Rear-end collisions are the most common type of auto accident. Evan a low-speed fender bender can cause painful and debilitating injuries that may not immediately surface. Of course, some rear-end crashes cause catastrophic or fatal injuries, and under the right circumstances, a rear-ender can turn into a multi-car pileup. A common assumption is that the person who rear-ended the car in front of them will always be found to blame for the accident. While that is often the case, it is not automatic and there are some defenses.

Causes of Rear-End Collisions

The majority of rear-end car accidents are the result of negligence on the part of the driver who came from behind. Examples include:

  • Following too closely
  • Distractions, including texting and talking on the phone
  • Intoxication
  • Speeding
  • Driving too fast for the weather or traffic conditions, even within the speed limit

Drivers who were rear-ended generally have the easiest time getting car accident claims settled in their favor, but if you were the one who rear-ended someone else, and it was not your fault, do not assume that all hope is lost.

Under certain circumstances, the driver who was in front of you may be to blame. For instance, a driver who brakes suddenly may be to blame. If the driver’s brake lights were not working, or the driver failed to signal, this can also work in your favor.

Although weather conditions alone do not relieve you of al responsibility, you are expected to take precautions in hazardous weather, roadway defects which make the road conditions even more dangerous during or after weather events are not your fault. Roads with improper or inadequate drainage can have pooling which can freeze in cold weather and cause hydroplaning in warm weather.

Other roadway defects which can lead to rear-end collisions include:

  • Malfunctioning traffic signals
  • Faulty street lamps
  • Inadequate warnings for construction zones

To find out more about rear end car accident claims, contact an experienced attorney today.

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