Is the Vehicle Behind You Always At-Fault for a Rear-End Accident?

a rear-end accidentMost people believe that, in a rear-end accident, the vehicle in the rear is at-fault. Learn why this may not always be the case.

Who’s Responsible for a Rear-End Accident?

In a vast majority of cases, the vehicle in the rear will be responsible for a rear-end accident. This is because it is assumed that most rear-end accidents can be avoided if motorists provide enough following distance between them and the car in front of them.

However, there are certain situations where the vehicle in front may be held liable for such an accident. These include:

  • Two vehicles are stopped at a stoplight, one in front of the other. The front vehicle has stopped too far into the intersection, so shifts into reverse to clear the walkway. In so doing, the front vehicle hits the rear vehicle.
  • Two vehicles are driving in lanes next to each other. The front vehicle merges directly in front of the rear vehicle without signaling, causing the rear vehicle to hit them.

Don’t assume because you drove the rear vehicle, you’re at-fault. Such situations are complicated and require the advice of an experienced personal injury attorney. At DiPasquale Moore, our Kansas City and Topeka attorneys can determine whether you’re eligible for compensation after a car accident.

We’re here to help sort it all out! Call DiPasquale Moore at (888) 743-1030 to schedule a free consultation.


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