Rear End Accidents
28% of all highway collisions, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA), 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.
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. If you want to gain the compensation that you deserve, you have to prove that another driver was responsible for the accident that occurred.
How do I prove driver inattention?
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. Besides the typical practices in caution, it is important that the driver also adheres to the rules of safety and attentiveness. 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. 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. The last option in keeping you safe and preventing a rear-end collision, is implementing cautionary practices during the event of bad weather.
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. Establishing the negligence of a rear-end accident is proven only when the victim can show 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.
• Property damages ensued and/or the victim of the accident sustained personal injuries.
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.
In some situations this is not the cause, in fact, it can be the other driver’s fault. 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.
In the instance that there is a four-lane road and there is a driver positioned in the far right lane and an accident occurs, the man driving could escape responsibility of the accident, if the accident occurred after the front driver changed lanes and ended up in front of the driver in the far-right lane. 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.
Have you been injured in a rear-end accident? Call Sargent Law Firm Before It’s Too Late
To schedule a consultation following a rear-end crash, please do not hesitate to contact Sargent Law Firm today: 855-209-3997.