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Who Is Liable for a Rear-End Car Accident?

Rear-end car accidents are some of the most common collisions on the road, but they can also present unique challenges for those who become injured in a crash. Because the rear driver is the one technically causing the action behind the accident, police officers and insurance companies will probably assume you’re at fault in these cases, even if there were extenuating circumstances.

At the Dean Law Firm, we’re never satisfied with surface-level answers, and we’ll go above and beyond to ensure that justice is observed in your case. If you were the rear driver at the time of a rear-end car accident, you may not be at fault. It’s on your attorney to help demonstrate the facts of your case, and that’s exactly what we’ll do at our Odessa injury firm.

Why Rear Drivers Are Usually Considered At Fault

Simply being the tailing driver isn’t enough to prove liability for a car accident. In order to show that you were at fault for a major crash, the other side will also need to demonstrate that you were negligent in some way.

Negligence is a driving doctrine in personal injury law, and it means that you violated your “duty of care” towards another driver in a fundamental way. When you violate the duty of care – whether by following too closely to the car in front or by failing to drive at the speed limit – you can be considered negligent, and therefore liable for any resulting accidents.

Here are some of the main ways a rear driver could be found at fault:

  • Not using a turn signal properly
  • Failing to notice hazards
  • Driving too fast or under the influence
  • Tailgating, or failing to follow at a safe distance
  • Losing control of their vehicle

Navigating a Complex Rear-End Accident

This may sound straightforward in theory, but in practice, it can be difficult to determine if a rear driver did actually act in a negligent manner. In heavy traffic, there may be many cars involved in a pile-up on the freeway, with only one driver truly at fault for the collision. In other cases, there could be weather events or road hazards that cause your car to strike from behind – or there could have been some form of negligent action on part of the front driver.

No matter what happened in your rear end car accident case, you can rest assured that our Odessa injury team is committed to resolving the matter effectively and quickly. Since 1995, we’ve been helping injury victims throughout Midland get the compensation they deserve, and to date, we’ve won more than $350 million in positive settlements and verdicts for our clients.

For more information on our legal services, call (432) 214-8125 today and schedule a no-cost consultation.