Rear End Accidents
”Rear-end collisions” make up 28% of all highway collisions, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). When it comes to car crashes, rear end incidents are the most avoidable type, but if you are in a rear end accident, it can create great inconvenience and even immobility; you can ask for help from Ryan Sargent, an automobile accident attorney.
While driver unawareness is of course the major factor that can cause a rear end crash, other factors include weather and surrounding events. In a rear-end collision, the person in the front vehicle, could sustain a soft tissue injury like a sprain, have to deal with property damage or in some cases – even death. You must be able to prove the drive at fault caused the rear end collision in order to receive compensation.
What do I do to prove carelessness of the other driver?
All drivers must behave in a careful and reasonable fashion while behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. On a general overview, this means that all drivers must pay attention to the speed limit, practice safety when changing lanes, and allowing those who are walking and other drivers the right of way when appropriate. While drivers must of course exercise caution, they must also observe the rules of well-being and diligence. In the event that you need to avoid a rear end accident, as a driver you have a few options. For starters, making sure that you maintain a safe following distance of about three car lengths or more if possible. The second option is to abide by the California 2009 law which ensures that drivers know that it is illegal to text and drive. The last option in keeping you safe and preventing a rear-end collision, is implementing cautionary practices during the event of bad weather.
Many rear-end collisions can be avoided; in fact, one out of four accidents are due to driver negligence at the wheel causing a rear-end collision. In the event of a rear-end collision, the victim in the accident must prove that the driver is at fault by providing info that:
• He/she is owed a duty of caution by the other driver.
• A driver was acting in a dangerous manner, for example, speeding or talking/texting on the phone.
• The dangerous behavior of the other driver caused an accident.
• The victim was injured and/or ended up with property damages.
Is it the front driver to blame or the rear driver?
After a rear-end collision, the most obvious belief is that the vehicle in the rear is the one who caused the accident. On the contrary, this can sometimes not be the case and at times facts can lead the other way. If the driver in the front was not driving in a safe fashion, then there can be reasonable cause to blame that driver for the accident in question.
For instance, while on a road with four lanes, if the driver in the far right lane runs into the vehicle in front of her, she could potentially escape the liability, if the evidence suggests that the driver in the front decided to change lanes suddenly, making it so that the vehicle was positioned in front of the far-right lane motorist. Any other cases, the rear-end accident dispute can be resolved if there is evidence that the accident occurred because of a vehicle defect or a road interference (e.g., debris, wild animals, etc.); if you believe this could be your case, don’t hesitate to contact Ryan Sargent, who will help review the cause and build your claim.
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