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Is the Rear Driver Always at Fault for an Accident?

Posted by Trent Kelly on February 3, 2021
Is the Rear Driver Always at Fault for an Accident?

Although rear drivers are often responsible for collisions, it’s not always the case. If you sustained injuries in a rear-end accident caused by someone else, a knowledgeable Austin car accident lawyer could investigate your case and help you prove that the other driver was responsible for your accident.

Rear-end traffic collisions can lead to serious injuries, including soft tissue contusions, sprains, strains, and head injuries – in the event that the accident victim strikes his or her head on the steering wheel, headrest, or driver’s side window. In many cases, it is true that the rear driver is solely responsible for a rear-end collision that occurs. However, that is not always the case, and in some instances, another driver can be responsible for the collision. 

If you were involved in a car accident and were the rear driver, the experienced Austin car accident lawyers at Terry & Kelly, PLLC, could evaluate whether another driver caused your collision and help you provide proof of fault. We could also assist you with filing a personal injury claim against the responsible driver and pursuing the monetary compensation and damages that you need for your injuries. Please reach out to us today to discover more about how we could pursue a car accident claim or lawsuit on your behalf, seeking the monetary compensation and damages that you deserve. 

Ways that Front-end Drivers May Cause Rear-end Collisions

There are several ways that front-end motor vehicle drivers can bring about a rear-end collision and the rear driver is not the at-fault party. Just before the collision, the front driver could be changing lanes, making a turn, pulling out of a parking lot, or pulling out of a driveway. 

In many cases, these front-end drivers are negligent or careless in one or more of the following ways:

  • The driver fails to look or yield the right-of-way to another driver
  • The driver miscalculates speed or distance
  • The driver is engaging in distracted motor vehicle operation, such as by looking at a cell phone, tablet, or another electronic device while he or she is operating a vehicle
  • The driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs while operating his or her vehicle
  • There is something in the way that is blocking the front driver’s line of vision
  • The front driver is operating his or her vehicle recklessly or carelessly

Unfortunately, rear drivers are generally presumed to be to blame, so proving that the front driver – or a third party – should be liable is often an uphill battle. You want the right legal assistance as soon as possible after your crash.

Contact an Austin Car Accident Lawyer About Your Legal Matter Today

If you were the rear driver in a collision and do not believe that you acted in a negligent manner, the experienced legal team at Terry & Kelly, PLLC, could gather the necessary evidence and investigate the circumstances of your accident. If you were not at fault, we could assist you with filing a claim or lawsuit, seeking the monetary compensation and other damages that you deserve for your injuries. For a free case evaluation with an Austin car accident attorney, please call our office today at (512) 910-2000 or contact us online. We’re ready to help.

 

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