Who is Liable in a Rear-End Accident?September 4, 2019
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that rear-end accidents account for about 28 percent of all accidents in the United States. This is in comparison with other types of accidents, such as improper lane changes, which accounted for about nine percent of accidents or running off the road as a result of losing control of the vehicle, which accounted for about 23 percent of all accidents. Although rear-end collisions may seem harmless, there can be serious consequences. These accidents are also avoidable since they often occur due to the driver not paying attention to the road.
Pennsylvania requires drivers to follow at a reasonable distance depending on the conditions present on the highway. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Driver’s Manual recommends leaving distance between yourself and a vehicle of at least four seconds of driving time; drivers should double their normal following distance in construction zones. Additionally, tailgating the driver ahead of you is prohibited by law.
When is the Rear Driver Not At-Fault?
Normally, the rear driver would be at-fault when they hit the vehicle in front of them, but there are exceptions to this rule. Some exceptions include a defective product, such as if your car has defective brakes. If the driver in front is driving erratically due to drug or alcohol use or drowsiness and they brake unexpectedly, this could cause or contribute to the accident.
Moreover, in cases of road rage, drivers may hit the brakes suddenly and on purpose to annoy the driver behind them. This is dangerous and causes the rear driver to hit the front driver. In this case, the front driver could be partially or entirely at-fault for the accident.
In cases of chain reaction collisions, the rear driver may not be at-fault since they were pushed involuntarily into the car in front of them. In this case, the car that originally caused the chain reaction would likely be at-fault. Another exception is if there was an unexpected condition present in the road, such as debris.
Media Car Accident Lawyers at the Law Office of Deborah M. Truscello Assist Victims of Rear-End Accidents
If you or someone you know was injured in a rear-end car accident, the Media car accident lawyers at the Law Office of Deborah M. Truscello will provide guidance and counsel for your personal injury claim. We will review the facts of your case and obtain the compensation you deserve for you injuries. Located in Media, Pennsylvania, we serve clients throughout Media, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Lancaster, Montgomery County, Norristown, Philadelphia, Reading, and West Chester. For a free consultation today, call us at 610-892-4940 or contact us online.