There are are certain aspects of rear end collisions you should be aware of.
If you have been involved in a car accident, you likely understand that determining liability can often be complicated. This problem is very often easily solved in the case of a read end collisions. More often than not, when a rear end collision accident occurs, the driver of the tailing vehicle is usually at fault. The fault of the tailing driver is generally accepted and the insurance companies waste no time in liability arguments and instead try to negotiate about the compensation for the damages which resulted from the accident. The damages generally include bodily injuries and damage to the vehicle. There are certain aspects of rear end collisions that you should be aware of.
Rules of the Road
The most basic and essential rule for road safety is that you should maintain adequate distance between yourself and the vehicle in front of you. This ensures that in case the driver of the front vehicle suddenly stops his or her car, you have sufficient distance to stop your car and avoid a collision. Hence, in rear end collisions it is almost always the fault of the tailing vehicle, even if the driver in front applied breaks suddenly. This establishes the fact that the tailing driver has not been driving safely.
The Damage on the Vehicles Provides the Necessary Evidence
In many instances, if the rear end of your car is damaged in an accident and the front end of the other vehicle involved is damaged, the tailing driver is held liable.
Accidents Involving More Than Two Vehicles
There may arise certain situations when you are stopped on a road and there is another car stopped behind your car. A third car may come and hit the rear end of the car stopped behind your car; the middle car gets pushed ahead and rams into the rear end of your car. In such situations the driver of the third car will often be at fault and the compensation claim for bodily injury and vehicle damages will be filed against the driver of the third car.
Exceptions in Rear End Collisions
There are certain scenarios in rear end accidents where your own carelessness will amount to negligence and the compensation claim may be completely defeated or reduced. If you are stopped on a road, especially at night, with one or both of your tail lights non-operational, the driver of the car hitting you from behind will not be at fault as the cause of the accident has been your own carelessness in getting the tail lights rectified. Also, in case of a mechanical failure in your car, you are unable to get the car off to a side and a rear end collision happens; the liability may be proportionally shared by you and the other driver under comparative negligence rules.
St. Louis Personal Injury Attorney
As brought out in the preceding paragraphs, when if comes to rear end collisions, liability is generally not too much of an issue. It is, however, recommended that you consult with an attorney before filing a claim. This will ensure that you receive the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled to and that your legal rights are protected.
If you have been injured in a car accident in the greater St. Louis area, contact our law firm to speak with an attorney. Your consultation is free and you pay no attorney fees unless we recover compensation for you. Call us today at (314) 361-4242.
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