The impact of a
rear-end collision can cause severe injury to each of the drivers involved. Often, this type
of accident occurs because the person driving behind the other car is
not paying attention, and doesn’t stop in time to avoid hitting
the person in front of them. However, negligence on the behalf of the
driver in front can contribute to a rear-end collision as well.
There is a perception among drivers that if they rear-end another driver,
they will automatically be liable for the damages. Although this is often
true, there are some circumstances in which the back driver can avoid
liability, and the driver in front is found partially or fully responsible
for a rear-end collision instead.
All drivers have a responsibility to be aware of the other drivers around
them. Sometimes, drivers do things unexpectedly that can take even the
most aware driver off guard. Drivers
also have a responsibility to provide other drivers with adequate warning of
their own movements. A driver who causes a rear-end collision with their
unexpected movements — such as reversing without warning, stopping
abruptly, or failing to signal a turn — could be liable for the
Drivers are responsible for keeping their car in working order. In some
cases, a vehicle malfunction can result in a rear-end collision. For example,
a person who is driving behind someone with broken brake lights or turn
signals could avoid liability for an accident because they could not have
known the driver in front was turning or stopping. Or, a driver who is
rear-ended could be liable if they are driving slowly or stopping frequently
due to a maintenance issue, but do not turn on their hazard lights or
move to the shoulder.
The Law Office of James M. Stanley is your go-to firm for all
car accident cases. If you were injured in a collision, contact us today to schedule
a free consultation.
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