If you are involved in a car accident in California in which someone hits you from behind or in which you hit someone from behind, then you are likely curious to know the liability implications. Keep reading to find out who is likely to be at fault in these situations, and then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 to request a free legal consultation.
Rear-End Accidents Are the Most Common Type of Car Accident
Are you surprised to learn that rear-end car accidents are actually the most common type of car accident? According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), this is due in large part to the fact that drivers are distracted by their electronic devices. Any time they do not have their eyes on the road in front of them, they are more likely to hit a vehicle in front of them.
The Rear Drivers is Almost Always at Fault for a Rear-End Accident
In almost all cases, if someone hits another car from behind, then the car in the rear is going to be the one at fault. This is because drivers are expected to leave a safe distance between their car and the car in front of them. However, there are a few notable exceptions. If you were involved in a rear-end accident, no matter if you were in front or back, the following can help you determine if you were likely at fault or not.
Situations in Which the Front Car Could Be Found at Fault
While it is rare for the car in front to be found at fault for an accident, there are situations where it happens. For example, if the car in front stops or suddenly backs up, if their brake lights are not working, or if the driver does not pull over and/or turn on their hazard lights after an emergency has occurred.
How to Get the Compensation You Are Owed After a Rear-End Accident
If you have been involved in a rear-end car accident, your first step should be getting the medical care you need. The next step is to contact a personal injury attorney who can help you secure compensation for your damages.
If another party was very obviously at fault, then it is likely their insurance company will immediately offer you compensation. Do not accept this without talking to an attorney. Remember that no matter how nice that person might sound, they work for the insurance company and their job is to reduce or deny settlements. You can assume that whatever they offer you is less than you are owed.
When you talk to The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000, we can carefully assess your case to find the best way forward. We can review any offers you have been given and counter with a fair offer. Call now to request your free legal consultation.