Who Is at Fault in a Rear-End Collision? The driver who crashes into the car in front is usually at fault for a rear-end collision, but there are exceptions.

Rear-end collisions are the most common accident type in the U.S., according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Typically, the rear driver is at fault in a rear-end collision. Injuries and property damage in rear-end collisions can be costly. Those who suffered injuries at the hands of a negligent driver will want to prove fault for pursuing compensation. In many cases, consulting with a car accident lawyer can help to determine who is at fault.

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Reasons for Rear-End Collisions

There can be many reasons why a negligent driver might crash into the back of another car, including:

  • Drunk driving
  • Distracted driving
  • Drowsy driving
  • Following too closely
  • Speeding
  • Generally reckless behavior

If a driver was texting and then slammed into your vehicle, for example, then the fault is clear-cut. In this instance, you would normally be able to hold the other driver accountable for your damages. The at-fault driver generally is responsible for compensating any other road user who suffered injuries and material damage due to their negligence.

However, if your brake lights were broken, and you stopped suddenly, leaving another driver little time to react and stop, you may be partly or wholly at fault for an accident.

Determining Fault

Some rear-end collisions, especially those involving multiple cars, are challenging to understand. A driver may be doing everything right and still rear-end another vehicle. This can happen if they get rear-ended and end up pushed into the vehicle in front, for example. There can also be other circumstances where fault falls on the driver in front, which can include:

  • A driver suddenly pulls out into another lane without using indicators
  • The driver in front reverses the vehicle, hitting the car behind them
  • A driver makes an illegal U-turn
  • A driver does not use hazard lights on a disabled car

There are also other ways a driver in front can be responsible for causing a rear-end car accident.

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Compensation in Rear-End Accidents

Determining who is at fault in a rear-end collision is crucial for recovering compensation from the negligent driver and their car insurance company. In some cases, however, proving fault can be tricky. A car accident lawyer can help gather the necessary evidence. They will also know how to calculate an accident victim’s damages and losses accurately. In a personal injury lawsuit, victims may be able to recover various types of compensation, including economic damages such as:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Medical equipment
  • Property damage
  • Transportation costs
  • Out-of-pocket expenses related to the accident

If a victim suffered significant or life-changing injuries, they might be entitled to so-called noneconomic damages for their suffering. These damages can include:

  • Physical pain
  • Emotional anguish
  • Disability
  • Disfigurement
  • Loss of a limb or a sense

This is not an exhaustive list of available financial awards. If you would like to know how much your case may be worth, a car accident lawyer can give you clarity.

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Contact Us for Help with Your Rear-End Collision

Driving in Florida comes with risks. In 2019 alone, more than 400,000 crashes happened in the Sunshine State, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) reports.

If you suffered damages in a rear-end accident that was another driver’s fault, you could be entitled to financial recovery. Call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine today for a free case review at 1-800-747-3733.