Is the Person in the Back in a Rear End Collision Always At Fault?

Naturally, people who are involved in rear end collisions will believe that the driver of the vehicle in the back is at fault. However, this is not always going to be the case, as the driver in front can do various things that might cause a wreck to occur.

When Is the Rear Driver at Fault?

A rear driver can be at fault in a rear end collision if the driver fails to observe what is going on while on the road. The driver might fail to notice that a car has its brake lights on and is not moving. The driver may also fail to see a stop sign, light, or other item suggesting that someone has stopped.

In other cases, the driver may not use due diligence and keep control of their vehicle while fully stopped. This can include the driver possibly driving forward after having come to a complete stop and running into a car in front of them.

Going in Reverse

The car in front may be responsible for a rear end collision in some cases. For instance, there are often times when a vehicle that was in front might have put the car into reverse, causing an accident. Sometimes it occurs because the driver was too far out in an intersection while stopping. The driver in this case might get into an accident because that person failed to notice that other vehicles were behind them in the intersection.

Faulty Brake Lights

There are also times when the driver in front might be liable because they did not have brake lights that were working properly. In particular, the driver might have failed to use due diligence in fixing one’s brake lights or at least checking them on occasion. If brake lights are not working, the driver in the back may not be aware that the car in front is trying to stop.

Aggressive Braking

Sometimes the driver in front may also be responsible because they stepped on their brakes in a rather sudden manner. The first driver may not have given the driver in the back enough time to actually respond and stop the car before a collision can occur.

What About Speeding?

A driver at the rear in a rear end collision will typically be held at fault if they were speeding, driving erratically, or otherwise failed to stop at the proper time. However, a driver who was not speeding or doing anything else that was problematic might not be held liable, depending on the situation.

Cutting Lanes

Sometimes a driver may cut lanes while on the road. The driver who is in front may be liable if they suddenly move their vehicle into another lane and cut the second driver off, giving them little to no time to apply the brakes and avoid an accident.

There are many things that could determine fault in a rear-end collision. Be sure to gather as much information at the site of the car accident as possible. Information relating to eyewitnesses and security footage is especially necessary, as it can be essential for assigning fault in the accident.

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