Looking at all the facts to find out who’s responsible
Rear-end collisions are often open-and-shut cases in terms of determining responsibility. In most accidents, the rearmost driver is responsible for maintaining a safe distance behind other drivers, and is held accountable for an accident. However, there are some special circumstances where this is not the case, which can be critical to proving your accident claim.
When several vehicles are grouped closely together, a single rear-end hit can cause a domino effect that becomes a multi-car pileup. In these cases, the rearmost car is still often held responsible, so if you are caught in the middle of such an accident, you will not be held responsible for damages.
However, there are some mitigating factors that can change this. For instance, if a car is shifting into the accident lane when the collision happens, that car may be considered to have contributed to the accident, at least for the vehicles ahead of it.
Other situations where the rear-most driver may not be held responsible are if the forward driver is behaving erratically, stops at an unsafe time, or stops unexpectedly quickly. In these cases, even if the rear driver is driving responsibly, there may not be time to stop and avoid a collision. These situations are rare, but can help a safe driver avoid having to pay for an accident that wasn’t truly their fault.
In these sorts of cases, it’s important to hire an attorney who can help you look at the facts and determine whether or not you are at fault for an accident. Insurance companies will often just pay for a rear-end collision because so many are very straightforward, so you can’t rely on them to investigate and confirm fault in these cases. An experienced auto accident attorney, however, can look at the facts and help you prove that you are not at fault or that the other driver or drivers share fault for the accident, mitigating your costs.
Anyone who has been involved in a car accident, rear-end or otherwise, should contact an attorney to discuss their legal options. The car accident attorneys at Mallon & McCool, LLC have extensive experience analyzing accidents and securing maximum compensation for victims. They can be reached at their Baltimore office for a free initial consultation.