The Complexities of Rear End Auto Accident Cases

Contrary to popular belief, there is no such thing as an “easy” auto accident case. Especially when big insurance companies get involved, personal injury cases arising from catastrophic auto accidents tend always to be complex, with many factors that can influence the success or the failure of the case on both sides. People who are injured in auto accidents caused by someone else’s negligence get only one bite at the apple, so to speak; that is, they have only one opportunity to seek and collect damages for the losses and expenses they sustain due to injuries suffered in the accident. If their attorneys are unable to present the strongest cases possible on their behalf, unless there was a clear and demonstrable miscarriage of justice, they are simply out of luck.

At the law firm of McDonald At Law, our personal injury attorneys have the resources, skills, experience, and pure tenacity to handle even the most complex of auto accident claims, including those involving rear end accidents. While many people believe that rear end auto accidents are usually straightforward, with the driver in the rear generally being at fault, many rear end auto accidents in Lancaster are far from simple. Indeed, many of the cases handled by our attorneys require meticulous investigation and accident reconstruction, along with testimony from expert witnesses. Fortunately, we have resources at our disposal that other firms simply cannot match, not least of which are our lawyers’ innovative minds.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a rear end auto accident, or if you have lost a member of your family in such an accident, we urge you to have your case evaluated by one of our attorneys today.

The Facts about Rear End Auto Accidents

In the majority of rear end auto accidents, the rear driver is usually considered at fault, if only because he or she is supposed to leave sufficient space between his or her car and the front car to allow for sudden and safe braking in the event of an emergency. Therefore, even if the driver of the front car slams on his or her brakes and an accident ensues, it would be extremely difficult to prove negligence on the part of the driver of the front car. However, if you are the driver of the front car and were injured in a rear end auto accident, a case can be built upon such acts of negligence as the rear driver’s:

  • Failure to keep a safe distance between his or her vehicle and yours
  • Failure to operate his or her vehicle at a safe speed, according either to the speed limit or the road or weather conditions
  • Use of a smartphone, cd player, navigation system, or other piece of distracting technology
  • Reckless driving
  • Running of a red light or stop sign
  • Inability to brake due to defective brakes

While more difficult to prove, it may be possible to demonstrate negligence on the part of the driver of the front car if you were involved in a rear end auto accident while driving the rear car if he or she:

  • Reversed into your vehicle
  • Had defective brake lights
  • Knowingly operated his or her vehicle with a flat tire or a defective automotive part instead of pulling over
  • Stops to turn, but then fails to turn

Learn More about Rear End Auto Accidents

To arrange for an evaluation of your rear end auto accident case, please contact our personal injury law firm today.