Rear-end collisions are some of the most common car accidents. They are also often the most straightforward when it comes to determining who is liable.
If you were hit from behind, it is likely that the other driver is at fault. However, there are a few situations in which this may not be the case.
In this blog post, we will discuss who may be liable in a rear-end collision and what you can do to protect yourself if you are involved in one. Read on to learn more.
The Factors that can Influence Rear-End Collision Liability
There are a few factors that can help determine who is liable in a rear-end collision. The first is whether the other driver was following too closely. like most states, California has what is called a “safe following distance” law, which requires drivers to leave a certain amount of space between their car and the car in front of them. In Los Angeles and throughout the state, it is three seconds. If the driver who hit you was not following at a safe distance, they will likely be found at fault for the accident.
Another factor that will be considered is whether you were stopped at the time of the accident. If you were stopped at a red light or stop sign, and the other driver hit you from behind, they will almost certainly be held liable for your damages. However, if you were in the process of turning or changing lanes and the other driver hit you, liability may be more difficult to determine. In these situations, it will likely come down to who the police and insurance companies feel caused the accident to occur.
If you have sustained injuries in a rear-end collision, it is important to know your rights. You may be entitled to compensation for your damages, including your medical bills, property damage, and lost wages. In some cases, punitive damages may also be available. These are designed to punish the other party for wrongdoing and discourage such behavior from others in the future. An experienced car accident lawyer from Scott J. Corwin, A Professional Law Corporation can help you understand your rights and options under the law.
Helping Injured Car Crash Victims Recover Compensation
If you’ve suffered injuries in a rear-end collision, you may be eligible for compensation. It is critical that you recover the compensation you deserve for the losses you’ve incurred.
Don’t hesitate to reach out to our skilled team here at Scott J. Corwin, A Professional Law Corporation with the details of your case right away. We have helped many others in similar situations, and we will do everything we can to assist with your case too.
Contact our office today by calling (310) 683-2300 or filling out the online contact form to discuss the details of your case and learn more about how we can help you. We offer free consultations, so there’s no reason not to reach out to someone from our team right away.