Determining Fault in Rear End Accidents

Either party, and in some cases both drivers, can be found liable when rear-end car accidents happen.

Rear-end collisions are one of the most common types of car accidents. They often occur in heavy traffic conditions, at intersections, and in parking lots. The sudden, jarring impact of this type of crash can cause serious harm to both drivers and their vehicles. In these situations, it is not always the tailing driver's fault. Either of the drivers or even both can be held liable in a car accident claim.

How Rear End Accidents Happen

According to statistics from the Insurance Information Institute (III), rear-end collisions are responsible for roughly a third of all car accidents. These types of crashes leave more than 550,000 drivers and their passengers with serious injuries each year and are responsible for more than 2,000 highway traffic deaths.

Rear-end car accidents tend to occur during heavy traffic or when circumstances cause vehicle delays, such as at red lights or stop signs, near parking lot entrances or exits, and around highway construction zones. Reckless driving behaviors are often a contributing factor in these crashes. These include:

Being in a hurry, miscalculating the distance between you and another vehicle, or taking your eyes off the road for even a few seconds can impair your ability to respond to changes in traffic conditions and to stop when needed. Depending on the speed at which the tailing driver is traveling, serious and potentially life-threatening injuries can result.

Contributing Factors in Rear End Accidents

While it is natural to assume a tailing driver is to blame for a rear-end collision, this is not always the case. There are actions the driver in front may have been engaged in which could be considered as a contributing factor. This includes:

Under New Mexico’s Motor Vehicle Statutes, drivers are required to maintain control of their vehicle at all times. While this puts the burden of responsibility on the tailing driver, any of the above actions could be seen as contributing to the crash. In a car accident claim, this could mean that both would be entitled to compensation for the damages they suffer as a result.

Get an Experienced Albuquerque Rear End Accident Attorney on Your Side

Numerous factors are often involved in rear-end collisions, which could impact the amount of compensation you are entitled to in your claim. In this situation, you need the Law Offices of Edward Chavez, Jr. on your side. To request a consultation, contact Albuquerque car accident attorney Ed Chavez today.