If you were recently
rear-ended by another driver, you may be wondering who is at fault for the accident.
While it isn’t always easy to identify which driver is “at
fault” for an auto accident, in the case of the rear-end accident,
the driver in the rear is almost always the one found liable.
In auto accident claims, this rule is well-established, and insurance carriers
rarely ever argue that the person who rear-ended the car in the front
is not liable.
One of the oldest rules of the road is that you must not tailgate, and
you must leave a safe distance between your vehicle and the car in front.
Leaving a safe stopping distance means you’ll have plenty of time
to brake if something were to happen.
Was the car behind you following too close?
If someone hits your vehicle from behind, it is virtually always their
fault regardless of why you stopped. Whether you stopped to avoid hitting
a small child who darted out in the road, or a dog that ran across the
street, you have every right to stop to avoid hitting someone or something.
The driver behind you is expected to allow enough space between their vehicle
and yours, so they can stop safely without hitting you. If the driver
is following too closely, they won’t be able to stop in time and
they will wind up rear-ending your vehicle.
If the driver behind you hits your vehicle, and you hit the vehicle in
front of you, then you aren’t driving as safely as you could be.
Causes of Rear-End Collisions
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that
in 2012, there were a total of 5,615,000 auto accidents in the U.S. Of
those, 1,634,000 involved injuries, and another 30,800 were fatal crashes.
What’s the # 1 rule when it comes to auto accidents? Driver negligence
always to blame.
Rear-end accidents are mostly caused by:
- Texting while driving
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving
- Panic stops
If you were injured in a rear-end accident in Plano or Dallas, we urge
you to contact a Plano personal injury lawyer from The Zendeh Del Law
Firm. We are proud to have the
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