Rear End Accidents
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) has stated that 28 percent of total highway crashes are “rear-end collisions.” A rear end collision can cause collateral damage covering a range from being inconvenient to being immobile; however, these accidents are the most avoidable and if in a situation such as this, Ryan Sargent, auto accident lawyer, can help.
There are many different factors that can contribute to a rear end collision, these include events around you, weather, and most of all, driver carelessness. 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.
If I need to prove negligence on the other driver’s behalf, how do I go about it?
While operating a moving vehicle, it is every driver’s responsibility to conduct themselves in a safe and reasonable manner. In order to assure this, the motorist must always obey the speed limit, practice changing lanes safely, and allowing pedestrians and other motorists, where applicable, the right-of-way. Besides the typical practices in caution, it is important that the driver also adheres to the rules of safety and attentiveness.
In the case of avoiding a rear end collision, you have a number of options available. It’s recommended that the first step is ensuring that you are at least three car lengths away from the car in front of you; if at all possible it is encouraged to remain even further back just in case. Another way to ensure that you are not in a rear end accident, is of course not texting while driving, which is a California law that has been in place since 2009. Last, but not least, exercising safe practices during dangerous weather can help ensure that rear-end collisions are fewer, thus keeping drivers safe.
While there are many ways that drivers can prevent running into each other, statistics still remain true: out of every four car accidents, one of them is cause by a rear-end collision – most of the time these could have been prevented, but weren’t due to driver neglect. In order to prove that negligence caused the accident, a victim must provide information 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.
• A collision was caused be the dangerous act of another driver.
• The victim was injured and/or ended up with property damages.
Is it the front driver to blame or the rear driver?
It’s a pretty obvious assumption that the vehicle in the rear is the one at fault in a rear-end collision. At times, this can be quite the opposite, if proven to be so. In some cases the front automobile driver could potentially face liability if the situation shows that this driver was the one who was driving in an unsafe manner during the time of the crash.
In the situation that there are four lanes and a driver in the far-right lane collides with the driver directly in front of him, he could escape charges, but only if there is proof that the front driver decided to suddenly change lanes putting him in front of the driver in the far right lane. In the event that the accident was caused by something other than the driver ie. a vehicle defect or a road interference, you are encouraged to contact lawyer Ryan Sargent for his ability to review the case and begin building your claim.
Have you been injured in a rear-end accident? Call Sargent Law Firm Before It’s Too Late
In the event of a rear-end accident, do not hesitate to call and schedule a consultation with Sargent Law Firm: 855-208-3997.