ARE DRIVERS IN A REAR END COLLISION LIABLE?

When a driver’s car is hit and damaged at the rear end by another car behind it, the outcome is that the driver causing the rear-end collision from behind will always be at fault. The pre-defined judgment always holds true irrespective of the reasons of why the damaged car slowed down or stopped. As the traffic rules mandate that a driver must be able to come to a safe stop even with other vehicles in-front of it. Incidentally, the same rule also oversees sudden stops in inappropriate places on the road. The liability is held on the grounds that the vehicle couldn’t come to a safe stop due to unsafe driving manner.

But what if the second vehicle struck the first vehicle due to a third vehicle? Who is held liable?

The following scenario of three vehicles becomes more complicated and bigger damages are impacted upon the former vehicles in front. When the first and the second car are pushed into each other by a third vehicle, the third vehicle driver is usually at fault and the end of personal injury liability from both the drivers in front.

Another common variance of a similar type of accident above is when the third vehicle hits the rear end of the vehicle (second) in-front that had stopped suddenly due to yet another vehicle (first). In this situation, the first vehicle will be held liable to the third vehicle as it had prompted first the accident.

Can the driver of the car that is struck from behind also be partly at fault?

Yes, the driver of the vehicle hit at the rear end by another vehicle can also be partially at fault, especially, if the driver’s negligence was also a factor to the cause of the accident in any way. Such carelessness can include a faulty with the first driver’s car brake lights or a malfunction in the car.

In these instances, the damaged vehicle’s driver is awarded a reduced or no compensation.