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Rear-end collisions, in which one vehicle strikes another from behind, are one of the most common types of car accidents. In almost all of these incidents, the driver who crashes into the other is considered to be responsible for the accident. It is the responsibility of every driver to ensure that he or she has enough room to slow down or stop, regardless of what the driver in front of them is doing. Even if a driver comes to a sudden stop, there should be enough following distance between the two cars to prevent a tailgating accident.
In most rear-end collisions, the damage speaks for itself in establishing the circumstances of the accident, namely that one vehicle struck the other from behind. If a car hits another car with enough force, it may push that car into another vehicle, which may result in a multiple vehicle accident. Typically, in these cases, the two front cars will file a claim with the insurance company of the car in the rear. The driver of the middle car is not liable for the damage to the front car because it is clear that the damage was not a result of the driver’s actions.
There are some instances in which the driver of the car that was hit may share some responsibility for causing the accident. If the first driver exhibited negligent behavior that contributed to the rear-end car accident, he or she may also be liable for damage that occurred to either vehicle. Negligent behavior may include failing to fix broken brake lights or failure to move to the side of the road in the event of a mechanical issue. Negligent driving behavior also includes distracted driving, drunk driving, speeding, and drowsy driving. If it is determined that the driver of the car that was struck from behind shares responsibility, this could negate any claim for compensation.
If you have been injured in a rear-end collision, contact an experienced team of Cherry Hill personal injury lawyers at Folkman Law Offices. Our dedicated attorneys will review your case to determine what parties may be liable for your injuries. We will handle your case with compassion and care and win you the compensation you deserve for your injuries. With offices conveniently located in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, Philadelphia, and King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, we help accident victims throughout South Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania. Contact us online, or call us today at 856-354-9444 for a free phone consultation.