Who Is Responsible In a Rear-End Collision?

When a driver’s car is hit from behind, regardless of the reason it is usually deemed to be the fault of the driver who hit the car in the rear. This is so because:

  • A driver must be able to come to a safe stop if the vehicle(s) ahead stops or slows down.
  • If the driver cannot come to a safe stop, it indicates that he /she is not driving in a safe manner.

If A Car Is Pushed Into Another Because Of A Car Behind It

When a car is pushed into another because of the driver behind it, the driver of the third car is usually held responsible for the rear-end collision. The car in the middle is usually considered to have received damage from being caught in the middle of the 2 colliding vehicles, and is usually not held liable. However, each accident is considered individually and on its own merit.

Can the driver of the car hit from behind in a rear-end collision be at fault partially?

Yes, the driver of the car hit from behind in the rear-end collision may be at fault. The driver of the hit car can be held responsible, if is proven that the collision occurred due to his negligence. For example:

  • The hit car’s brake lights did not function.
  • The hit car blew a tire and stopped in the middle of a traffic lane, rather than retreating to the shoulder of the road.

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