The most common misunderstanding about rear end accident laws is that the rear driver is automatically at fault for these sorts of auto accidents. It is true that the rear driver is most commonly assigned the majority of fault in a rear end accident, though there is no law that says that this should be the case in every accident. Most don’t realize that there are many situations where the rear driver is not to blame for the rear end accident or is only partially to blame.
Many circumstances can lead to rear end auto accidents. For example, tailgating, which is where the rear driver failed to keep adequate distance between the vehicles, can cause a rear end accident, or malfunctioning brakes on either vehicle could be the cause. Distracted driving and speeding are common causes of motor vehicle accidents, and again, could be on the part of either driver. Distracted driving can involve cell phones, distracting passengers, fatigue, and more. Speeding can result in not having enough time to safely stop or can cause trouble due to road conditions, like ice. There is also the possibility of failing to signal on the part of the front driver. If the front driver stops suddenly, without signaling, then the rear driver may not be at fault for the accident.
Rear end accidents can cause a variety of different injuries. There can be minor sprains, whiplash, severe back problems, head injuries, broken bones, cuts and scrapes, etc. If a heavier vehicle is involved, like a commercial truck, then the accident may even result in death. If you or a loved one has been injured or lost their life in a rear end accident, contact an attorney to discuss your case.