Who Is at Fault in a Rear-End Collision?

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Who Is at Fault in a Rear-End Collision?

A rear-end automobile collision occurs when one vehicle strikes the other vehicle directly from behind. This typically occurs when one driver is following too closely to the other car and driving too fast. A sudden stop may result in the rear car striking the other car, oftentimes causing injury to the driver and passengers in the front car.

Rear-end collisions can be dangerous because they can result in injuries such as whiplash and other head/neck/spinal injuries. They can also cause multiple "pile-up" accidents where one car continues to hit the other car in front of it in a "domino" effect.

How Is Fault Proven in a Rear End Accident?

While a majority of rear-end accidents are caused by the rear driver, this is not always the case. In some instances, the lead car may have been driving below the legal speed limit, or may have been stopped dangerously in a place where they should not be stopped. Thus, proving fault in a rear-end accident can involve:

Physical evidence can often be useful in a rear-end accident claim. For instance, skid marks can often prove at what distance a car stopped, and whether or not they were traveling too fast.

What Are the Legal Remedies for Rear-End Automobile Accidents?

Legal remedies for rear-end accidents usually include some type of monetary damages award. This is generally intended to cover basic costs such as:

In some cases, other costs may be included in the damages award, such as lost wages if the person missed work due to the rear-end collision injuries. For the driver who is liable for the accident, other legal consequences can result, such as a suspended license (for instance if the person was found to be driving while drunk).

Do I Need a Lawyer for Help with Rear End Collision Legal Issues?

Dealing with a rear-end collision can sometimes require an understanding of the various driving laws in your state. You may wish to hire a lawyer if you have been involved in a rear-end collision and need legal representation. Your lawyer can provide you with legal advice to guide you through the trial process. Also, your attorney can help determine what types of remedies may be available for your situation.

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Last Modified: 06-16-2014 10:47 AM PDT

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