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Are rear-end collisions always the other guy's fault?

You may be among others here in Mississippi who believe that the at-fault party in rear-end collisions is always the following vehicle. After all, that driver has the last opportunity to stop. If only that driver was paying attention, not speeding or otherwise failing to follow the rules of the road, the crash wouldn't have happened.

The driver of the following vehicle often ends up taking the blame for the accident, and in many cases, it is the correct assumption. In fact, following too closely is the most common reason for these crashes but not the only one. However, the fault, or at least part of it, could also fall to the lead driver. If you understand how many of these accidents occur, you could increase your safety on the road.

How does the lead driver cause a rear-end collision?

Most people fail to focus on the actions of the lead driver, but his or her behavior could cause, or at least contribute to, a rear-end collision. Consider the following actions:

  • If you suddenly change lanes, the vehicle behind you may not have time to stop.
  • If you stop suddenly, the vehicle behind you might not have the ability to avoid hitting the rear of your vehicle.
  • If your brake lights or turn signals don't work, you can't telegraph your intentions to the vehicle behind you, and an accident could happen.

You can avoid injuries, hospital stays and more by not engaging in these behaviors.

How does the following driver cause a rear-end collision?

Other than tailgating, the driver behind you may engage in several behaviors and actions that put your safety in jeopardy. For instance, other commonalities among these crashes include when the driver behind you poorly maintains the brakes on the vehicle, speeds, or drives while distracted or impaired.

How do you handle the aftermath of a rear-end collision?

If another vehicle slammed into the back of yours, you may have suffered serious injuries. You could require a lengthy recovery period during which you will lose income, and incur medical expenses and other damages. You could have the opportunity to pursue compensation for those losses through the filing of a personal injury claim.

If the evidence proves the other party's negligence or recklessness led to your injuries, you could receive a monetary judgment that may provide you with the restitution you need and deserve.

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