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Car accidents can occur in a number of ways, but the most common type of crash is a rear-end crash. A rear-end accident happens when a vehicle collides with the rear of a vehicle in front. They often happen in heavy traffic but can happen at stop lights and stop signs as well.

Most rear-end crashes happen at low speeds and result in minor damage. However, there are some that occur at high speeds and can result in significant vehicle damage, catastrophic injuries, and even death.

If you have been involved in a rear-end crash, you need to understand your legal rights. See how Allen Law Firm can help you move on after such an accident. Get started by contacting a lawyer today.

Causes of Rear-End Crashes

Rear-end crashes can happen for the following reasons:

  • Distracted driving. This is the most common cause of accidents. A driver who is distracted by their smartphone, passengers, or something else is likely to get into a crash.
  • Drunk driving. Driving while under the influence of alcohol can affect judgment and reaction times, which makes it harder to drive safely and avoid accidents.
  • Fatigue. A driver who is exhausted is more likely to make bad decisions while driving.
  • Poor weather conditions. Heavy rain and icy roads can make it harder for drivers to slow down in time to avoid an accident.

Liability in Rear-End Accidents

Liability in rear-end crashes is usually easy to determine. In most cases, the rear driver is at fault for tailgating. Drivers have a duty to follow vehicles in a safe manner. They need to leave sufficient room between themselves and other vehicles. When they fail to do so, they can cause accidents by being too close.

However, liability can be complicated in chain reaction crashes, where one driver rear-ends a vehicle and then that vehicle rear-ends another, like a domino effect. In these cases, there may be multiple causes at play. Plus, there can be more than one party liable for the crash, so it can take some time to determine who is at fault.

While the rear driver is usually at fault for rear-end crashes, there are some exceptions. It’s possible the driver of the vehicle in front may be liable in the following situations:

  • The driver in front suddenly goes into reverse.
  • The brake lights of the vehicle in front are not working properly.
  • The vehicle in front has a mechanical problem.
  • The driver in front keeps brake checking, or hitting their brakes for no valid reason

Contact Allen Law Firm Today

Rear-end crashes are common but that doesn’t mean they’re any less dangerous than other vehicles. They can result in severe damage, catastrophic injuries, and even death.

The team at Allen Law Firm can guide you through the process of obtaining compensation. We’ll deal with the insurance companies and even go to trial if necessary. To schedule a free consultation with a Monterey rear-end crashes lawyer, fill out the online form or call (831) 901-3901.

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