Is the car at the back always at fault in an accident?

Car accidents occur for a wide range of different reasons, particularly when you’re talking about fender benders. Sometimes one car will stop suddenly, triggering a chain of events that will end in disaster for everyone involved. Other times, ice or other unsafe road conditions cause people to misjudge their own abilities and at that point, an accident is a foregone conclusion.

What isn’t necessarily set in stone, however, is who will eventually be found at fault. There’s a pretty common idea out there that in the event of a two-car collision, the car in the back is always found responsible.

This, of course, is far from the truth. A rear-end collision can be more complicated than it seems, and it is one that requires you to keep a few key things in mind.

What You Need to Know About the Back Car and Rear-End Accidents

Generally speaking, you are always expected to leave enough space between your car and the car in front of you to avoid an accident – even when conditions change suddenly – as emergency braking sometimes is required, such as a child running out into the road.  However, there are instances when the back car isn’t necessarily at fault, or at least, not totally at fault for the collision.

What happens if the car in front of you reverses suddenly at a red light? Maybe they were trying to adjust their position before the light turned green and failed to put their vehicle back in “drive” again. This is one of those instances where a dash camera is invaluable to establish what really occurred.

What happens if a vehicle that is pulled over on the shoulder of the highway suddenly pulls out into your lane?  What if you are approaching a red light and you are slowing to a stop, and a vehicle passes you, pulls in front of you, cutting you off and then abruptly stops, not leaving you enough room?  What about driving at night and the other vehicle’s brake lights do not function?

These are some instances that illustrate why the situation is not always as cut and dried as it seems – you need to consider the entire context before making a determination.

Understanding that the back car isn’t always at fault is one thing. Proving that in a court of law is another matter entirely. That’s why, if any of the above scenarios describe your own situation, it is absolutely in your best interest to enlist the help of a team of professionals who can leverage their years of experience in personal injury to your advantage.

Contact Becker Lavin & Wessler Today

For many years, the experienced and passionate team at Becker Lavin & Wessler has been fighting for the rights of drivers all across British Columbia and the surrounding areas. Just because you were the back car in an accident doesn’t mean you were necessarily responsible.  We’ll do whatever it takes to prove that in a court of law. But more than anything, we’ll fight hard to protect the rights to which you are entitled, working to bring your case to the satisfying conclusion that you deserve.

If you’d like to find out more information about the fault of the rear car in an accident, or if you have any other questions that you’d like to discuss with someone in a little more detail, please don’t delay – contact Becker Lavin & Wessler today.

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