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Is the Rear Driver Always At Fault for a Rear-End Collision?

Is the Rear Driver Always At Fault for a Rear-End Collision?

In many rear-end collisions, the driver in the back of the wreck is at fault. It is a common thought amongst drivers that the driver in the rear is to blame in all rear-end cases. However, this is not the case. There are several circumstances where the driver in the front may have been negligent and caused the crash to take place.

The Front Driver Reverses Into You

This form of rear-end collision is a typical example of when you would not be at fault as the driver in the rear car. If a driver reverses into your vehicle, they are behaving recklessly and would take responsibility for the crash and all damages resulting from it.

The Driver is Intentionally Trying to Get Hit

This is not spoken of often, and it is harder to prove. However, there are some situations where a driver is trying to be hit for many reasons. In the event this happens, you would need one of our team members from Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC to help you gather the evidence for the case.

The Driver is Under the Influence

Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol almost automatically will place the blame onto them in the event of a wreck. If you see someone on the road that you believe is driving drunk, call 911 immediately and report it.

The Driver has Broken Brake Lights

Broken tail lights make it incredibly difficult to recognize when a car is slowing down or coming to a complete stop, especially when driving at night. In the event that you rear-end a vehicle whose brake lights are out, you can make a case to not be at fault for the crash.

When You Should Call Our Team

The attorneys at Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC recognize that liability in rear-end accidents is not always a black and white issue, and in some cases, the lead driver is liable for the injuries caused and the damage done to the vehicles involved.

If you are wrongly accused of being at fault for a rear-end collision, call our office today at to let us help you sort through the details of the case.