In this age of distracted driving, getting rear-ended by another driver is more common than ever before. Rear-end car accidents are not always as cut and dry as they seem. The fault must be determined by the circumstances surround the collision. Let’s take a closer look at some of these situations.
The ‘Rules of the Road’
If someone hits you from behind, it is most always his or her fault, regardless of the reason you stopped. A basic rule of the road requires that you be able to stop safely if a vehicle stops ahead of you. So, as a tailing driver, if you cannot stop in time and wind up rear-ending the vehicle in front of you, you are not driving as safely as you need to be under the circumstances.
Vehicle Damage Can Tell the Tale
The other tell-tale part of a rear-end accident claim is that damage to the vehicles involved usually proves how the accident was caused. If the other car’s front end and your car’s rear end are both damaged, there’s no doubt that you were struck from the rear.
Rear-End Accidents Involving Multiple Vehicles
In some situations, both you and the car behind you will be stopped when a third car runs into the car behind you and pushes it into the rear of your car. In that sort of “chain reaction” crash, it is the driver of the third car who is most likely at fault and against whose liability insurance you would file a claim.
Contact an Attorney
If you or a loved one have been the victim of a rear-end car accident, make sure to talk to one of our experienced attornies.