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Is It Always Your Fault If You Rear-End Someone?


Rear-end collisions are one of the most common types of car accidents. If you’ve been in a rear-end collision, you may be wondering if it was your fault. While it’s true that rear drivers are more often at fault for these types of collisions, there are some cases where the front driver is to blame.

If you were involved in a rear-end crash and want to know who is at fault for causing the collision, contact Goldasich, Vick & Fulk, Attorneys at Law. Our Birmingham rear-end collision attorneys can help you determine fault and pursue the compensation to which you may be entitled.

When Is a Rear-End Collision the Rear Driver’s Fault?

In many cases, a rear-end collision is the fault of the rear driver. This is because the law requires drivers to maintain a safe following distance between their car and the vehicle ahead of them. When this following distance isn’t maintained, and the driver behind fails to stop or slow down in time, they can be held liable for damages caused by a rear-end accident.

When Is a Rear-End Collision the Front Driver’s Fault?

Though they are rarer, there are also times when a rear-end collision is not actually caused by the rear driver’s negligence. For example, if the driver merges in front of another driver without providing enough space or if the front driver brakes suddenly without warning or justification, then he or she can be found liable for damages caused by any resulting accident. In addition, if either party was driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of an accident, he or she can be held responsible for damages.

How to Hold the Other Driver Accountable?

Rear-end crashes are considered to be one of the most common automobile collisions on our roads. While these accidents often result in minor injuries, they can also cause severe injuries or death. According to the Insurance Information Institute, rear-end crashes account for 6.8% of all fatal crashes in the United States.

If you believe  another driver’s negligence caused your rear-end collision and resulted in harm to yourself or your vehicle, you should consider taking legal action against them. You will need to prove that another driver was negligent in order to hold them accountable for any resulting damages—and this can be difficult without help from an experienced attorney.

How Can an Attorney Help?

A skilled personal injury attorney can help you build your case and ensure that all evidence necessary to prove liability is gathered properly and efficiently. They will also help negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf so that you receive fair compensation for any medical bills and property damage incurred as part of your accident—no matter which party was found liable. Do not hesitate to contact an experienced attorney if you believe that another party is responsible for your rear-end collision.

Contact Goldasich, Vick & Fulk, Attorneys at Law, Today

Our legal team at Goldasich, Vick & Fulk can help victims determine who is at fault in their particular case–and whether they have grounds to take legal action against the other party–so they can get compensated fairly after being involved in a rear-end collision. Reach out to our office in Birmingham, Alabama, to get a consultation. Call 205-731-2566 today.



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