In most cases, the rear or following driver is at fault in a rear-end collision. They may be speeding, following too closely, or distracted. However, it is also possible that the lead driver is responsible because their brake lights aren’t working or they are intentionally stopping short. Determining fault can be challenging.
The most effective way to overcome a legal issue is to have a team of highly experienced, deeply knowledgeable personal injury lawyers on your side. At Rhine Law Firm, P.C., we are determined to help clients achieve their goals by offering exceptional experience and skill. If you’ve suffered damages in a rear-end car accident, contact us for a free consultation.
Understanding Fault in North Carolina Rear-end Collisions
Rear-end collisions are one of the most common types of car accidents. Every rear-end accident should be thoroughly investigated to determine fault, especially if you were seriously injured. Insurance companies often blame both drivers, and North Carolina is one of the few states that is still a contributory negligence jurisdiction.
This doctrine says that a person injured in any part due to their own negligence may not collect monetary damages from the party accused of causing the accident. The system is designed in favor of insurance companies rather than people with severe injuries. This underscores the need for a strong legal advocate in a rear-end car accident case.
Further, as noted above, the following or rear driver is usually at fault in a rear-end crash. This is because motorists have an obligation to watch the road ahead of them and maintain a safe distance from other vehicles. Drivers who follow too closely or fail to yield in time to avoid a crash are generally at fault.
However, the lead driver can also be responsible. For example, the lead driver could cause an accident because their brake lights are defective or by reversing into the vehicle behind them. Alternatively, they could suddenly cut in front of another motorist and rapidly reduce speed, causing a crash.
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After a serious rear-end accident, you need sound legal guidance and advocacy delivered by a results-oriented, client-focused team. At Rhine Law Firm, we work hard for our clients to recover maximum compensation on their behalf. Schedule a free consultation so we can assess your case and answer your questions. Since we work on a contingency basis, there are no upfront legal fees. We do not take any money from you unless and until we are successful in winning your case.