Am I always at fault in a rear-end collision?
A rear-end collision occurs when the front bumper of one driver’s vehicle collides with the rear bumper of another driver’s vehicle. Rear-end collisions are one of the most frequent types of auto accidents, occurring approximately 1.7 million times on U.S. roadways each year. About 17,000 people die as a result of a rear-end collision and another 500,000 are hurt, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.
The majority of people believe that when it comes to negotiating fault, the rear driver is almost always to blame. However, this isn’t always the case. If you were driving and rear-ended another vehicle you may still be able to recover for any injuries that occurred.
Apportioning Of Liability
In Texas more than one person can be found negligent for an accident which caused injury. This is known as comparative negligence. If a jury finds a negligent party to be more than 51% at fault for the accident, they cannot recover.
The Front Driver May Be At Fault
It is entirely possible for the driver of the car that gets rear-ended to be found negligent for the accident as well. The driver may have reversed suddenly, or perhaps they had faulty brake lights, or neglected to pull off to the side of the road when fixing a flat tire. Perhaps a driver cuts in front of you from a side street and you are unable to avoid hitting them. These are all examples of how front drivers might be found in part negligent for the accident.
Road hazards Might Be To Blame
If a road defect causes you to lose control of your vehicle and you end up rear-ending the car in front of you, the party who is responsible for the maintenance of the road may be held liable for any resulting losses.
Your Vehicle May Be Defective
Tire blowouts and tread separations are a very serious issue on our roadways today. If a tire blowout caused you to crash into another vehicle, the manufacturer of the product may be to blame.
Importance of a skilled Rear-End Collision Attorney
The circumstances surrounding an auto accident that causes injury are varied, which is why it is important that you have an experienced personal injury attorney on your side when pursuing a claim.
Our firm has attorneys, nurses, and investigators who are specialize in not only helping you physically, but also will help you to prove negligence. If you or a loved one have been injured in an auto accident contact a rear-end collision attorney at The Carlson Law Firm as soon as possible for your free initial consultation. We care, we can help.
- Written by Jill Fowler