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When is the front driver at fault for a rear-end collision?

On Behalf of | Oct 15, 2021 | Car Accidents |

There are all kinds of car crashes that can cause injuries. One of the more common types is the rear-end collision.

Rear-end collisions happen for a few reasons. They may happen because a driver stops suddenly and someone behind them was traveling too close to them to stop. They happen because the rear driver isn’t paying attention and fails to see stopped traffic ahead. They can even happen if a car pulls into a lane and cuts off traffic suddenly.

In most cases, the rear driver will be held at fault for a rear-end collision. This is because it’s expected that drivers will leave enough space between themselves and those in front of them. That being said, there are times when other drivers may be at fault.

When could the front vehicle be at fault in a rear-end crash?

It’s possible that the front vehicle’s driver could be at fault if they:

  • Brake checked the other driver. For example, if they brake check the other driver to get them to close the gap between them and then suddenly do it again after accelerating, they could cause a crash.
  • Swerved and put on their brakes suddenly because of an animal in the road
  • Suddenly pulled into a faster-moving lane and didn’t give other drivers time to slow down

Rear-end crashes can be avoided. Drivers have to follow the rules of the road and should be aware that they need to leave plenty of space around themselves to avoid collisions. If a driver brake checks you or suddenly pulled into your lane and causes a crash, then you may be able to hold them responsible. 

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