The link between fault and rear-end accidents

Though the term car accident is commonly used to refer to all types of collisions, in reality there are different types of crashes that could possibly have different legal ramifications. For example, rear-end collisions carry the assumption that the person who hit the car from the back is the driver who is at fault. But this assumption does not mean that the case is clear-cut.

Rear-end collisions are very common in the country. Louisiana residents may be surprised to hear that there are around 1.7 million rear-end crashes across the country annually. These crashes lead to 1,700 fatalities and more than 50,000 injuries. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, around 87 percent of rear-end accidents take place because the driver was not paying attention to the road.

As mentioned previously on this blog, a vehicle operator is considered automatically at fault if they have rear-ended a vehicle in Massachusetts, but the ultimate decision of fault lies with the court. This means the court requires evidence proving one’s case and this responsibility should not be taken lightly. Eyewitness testimony, crash reconstruction and police reports play an integral part in a personal injury case resulting from a car accident and should be presented to the court to prove the efficacy of one’s case.

When one is recovering from an injury that was caused by a car accident, whether it is a rear-ending one or a head-on collision, financial recovery is possible after holding the negligent driver accountable for causing the crash. It might be beneficial to consult an experienced attorney to ensure that one gets the compensation they deserve.


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