The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) reports rear-end collisions make up almost half of all two-vehicle accidents. Most people have a misconception about rear-end accidents and that the driver who rear-ends a vehicle is automatically the party at fault. While this may be true much of the time, there are instances where the front driver is partially or solely responsible for rear-end accidents.
The top three causes of rear-end accidents are distracted driving, speeding, and following too closely behind another vehicle. While studies show that most rear-end accidents are caused by the rear driver engaged in one or more of those three factors, it is also a fact that the front driving vehicle is at least partially at fault in some rear-end collisions.
There can be mitigating circumstances that allow for a defense for the rear driver. All drivers of motor vehicles are responsible for safely operating their vehicle and obeying all traffic laws, traffic signs and signals, and road safety rules. The following may be some of the reasons a front driver might be at fault, even partially, in a rear-end collision:
There are also times that a rear-end collision involves three or more vehicles and the middle vehicle can be forced into a rear-end collision with the car in front of them. It could be possible in this case that the middle driver is not at fault at all and the liability rests with the third vehicle.
After knowing all the facts of a rear-end collision case, an attorney has the resources to successfully litigate on your behalf if you were the rear driver in a rear-end collision, and the accident was at least partly the fault of the front driver.
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