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Either party can be responsible for a rear-end accident

On Behalf of | May 17, 2022 | Personal Injury |

Many people assume that the driver at the rear is responsible for a rear-end crash. However, This is not necessarily the case. If the other driver was reckless, they could be held liable.

So, how is fault ascertained in a rear-end accident?

Proving negligence

Establishing fault in such an accident can get complicated. While all drivers should ensure they do not drive too close to the vehicle ahead, it does not always mean that the driver behind is always responsible.

Certain actions could shift the blame. They include:

  • Faulty brake lights
  • Making a sudden turn without indicating
  • Cutting in front of the driver without warning
  • Making an abrupt stop for no reason

Still, it may not be too obvious to ascertain the responsible driver especially when there are conflicting statements between the drivers. Accident reconstruction experts are called in to help at times.

Common injuries in a rear-end accident

Since rear-end accidents involve sudden unexpected motion, the neck, back and spine bear the brunt of these kinds of crashes. The extent of these injuries depends on the speeds involved and the physical condition of the victims. For instance, older people tend to get more severe injuries in vehicle accidents compared to younger people.

A rear-end accident can lead to whiplash injuries, a dislocated spinal disc and even concussions among other serious injuries. Victims also suffer emotional injuries like PTSD.

Pursuing compensation

If you are injured in a rear-end accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages and losses. However, every detail matters in a rear-end crash, and it could affect the amount of compensation you can recover.

Therefore, you need to handle your claim very carefully and ensure there is nothing that will hurt your chances of getting a maximum settlement.