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

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 is virtually always to blame.

Rear-end accidents are mostly caused by:

  • Tailgating
  • 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 AV® Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®, and we are A+ Rated by the BBB. Call now to see what we can do for you!