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Who Is At Fault in a Rear-End Crash?

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Determining Liability in a Rear-End Accident

According to the latest data reported (2018) by the Insurance Information Institute, there were 2,439 fatalities caused by rear-end crashes. This number was second to angle crashes at 6,037 deaths in 2018. These numbers are tragic, as well as telling in how common these types of accidents are. In many cases, rear-end crashes involve careless and distracted drivers, which means they are avoidable. Here's what you need to know when it comes to determining liability.

Proving Negligence

When it comes to a rear-end accident, proving negligence can be tricky since most drivers in the front are unaware that a collision is about to occur and are taken by surprise. When blindsided, there may not be any specific ways for a person or passengers who were struck to identify any other driver's negligent acts leading up to the accident.

The Rear-End Collision Doctrine

Typically, the belief is that rear-end collisions are the fault of the driver who hits another vehicle from behind. But there can be cases in which the front driver may be negligent, and defendants may try to pin fault on the front driver.

Determining liability in a rear-end collision is difficult. If you were injured by being hit by a driver behind you, you might benefit from the Missouri rear-end collision doctrine when pursuing a car accident claim. Under the doctrine, the injured victim must demonstrate the following to the court:

  • They were rightfully on the road.
  • They were hit by another vehicle from behind.
  • The front driver was not engaging in any negligent behaviors.

If the above is demonstrated, the courts may determine that the defendant is liable for the accident, and the defendant will then have to prove otherwise.

Rear-end accident cases can be complicated, and on top of that, insurance companies can be challenging to deal with. Enlisting the help of an experienced car accident lawyer can help you get the best possible outcome.

Hurt in a Rear-End Crash? We Can Help.

When injured in a rear-end car crash, it can be a harrowing experience. If it results in a serious injury, it can mean long-term challenges both physically and financially. If you've been hurt in a car accident, we are here to help you. Our experienced attorneys are ready to take on insurance companies and be in your corner to ensure you receive the maximum compensation you deserve.

Contact Meyerkord & Kurth today at (800) 391-4318 to learn more about recovering compensation for your injuries.

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