Rear-End Collision Fault
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What Is a Rear-End Collision?
A rear-end collision is when one car strikes collides into the back of another car. This often happens when one car is stopped at an intersection and the other car approaches too quickly. It can also happen when both cars are moving and the lead car stops suddenly (this can happen when the rear driver follows too close to the front car). A rear-end collision can also result in a chain reaction car accident.
Rear-end accidents generally result in a damages award paid from the party responsible for the accident to the victim. This can cover medical expenses, car repairs, and other costs.
What Is Rear-End Collision Fault?
Rear-end collision fault refers to which party is responsible for the accident. In many cases, it’s the driver behind the other one that’s at fault. This can happen due to:
- Speeding (driving above the speed limit)
- Driving too close to the other car
- Distracted driving (i.e., texting while driving, etc.)
In other cases, it may the front car driver who is actually at fault. For instance, they may be driving much too slowly, or they may have taken an unwarranted stop in the middle of a highway. Drunk driving can also be a factor for both parties.
In some cases, neither party can be held liable. An example of this is when there are extremely poor weather conditions, or when there is a mechanical failure in one of the cars.
What Is Careless Driving?
Careless driving or reckless driving can sometimes be the cause of a rear-end collision. Careless driving is where the driver operates the vehicle in a manner that blatantly disregards the safety of others. Many instances of careless driving involve intentional conduct.
For instance, performing "stunts" while driving or pulling dangerous maneuvers can endanger the lives and safety of other drivers and pedestrians. Racing other drivers is also another example of careless driving. If careless driving leads to a rear-end collision, the legal penalties may increase, and criminal charges can sometimes result.
Do I Need a Lawyer for Help with a Rear-End Collision Lawsuit?
Rear end accidents can sometimes be difficult to sort out, especially if there are multiple drivers and passengers involved. You may wish to hire a qualified lawyer who can help you file your case and guide you through the process. Your attorney will be able to provide you with advice and legal arguments to help you obtain the appropriate legal remedy for your circumstances.
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Last Modified: 09-29-2015 10:35 AM PDT
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