Who is at Fault in a Rear End Car Accident?
Who is at fault in a rear end car accident?
It is not possible to determine who is at fault in a rear end car accident without further information about the circumstances which led to the accident occurring; however, in the majority of cases, any driver who fails to stop in time and crashes into the rear of another car is usually considered to be at fault for the accident. Rear end car accidents are usually attributed to a lack of concentration, speeding or tailgating. A driver should always allow sufficient space between the vehicle they are driving and the car in front to enable an emergency stop to be completed safely without causing a collision.
Although rear end car accidents are usually the fault of the driver who rear ends a car, under certain circumstances liability for the accident may lie with another driver. It is possible that liability for a rear end car accident may actually lie with another third party such as the local authority for failing to maintain the roads to an acceptable standard. If a driver loses control of a vehicle after hitting a pothole for instance, it may be the local authority which is to blame and claims for rear end car accidents would therefore need to be made against the local authority’s public liability insurance policy.
All road traffic accidents must also be reported to the police, although the police may not necessarily be responsible for determining who is at fault in a rear end car accident. Even if they do not attend the scene or investigate the accident, a police report number will be required in order to proceed with legal action to recover compensation for rear end car accidents.
If you have been involved in a rear end car collision or if you have hit another vehicle and you feel that you are not primarily to blame for the accident, you should speak with a personal injury solicitor for legal advice about whether you are entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation. However, your first priority is that of your own health. You must visit a doctor or hospital to receive treatment for your injuries. It will not be possible to make claims for rear end car accidents if your medical records do not include details of your injuries.