It can happen when you least expect it. You’re driving home from work or out running a short errand, and suddenly you find yourself in a very unpleasant situation: involved in a rear-end accident. Rear-end car accidents are very common, and they never come at a good time.
You might think determining fault in a rear-end accident is pretty simple. But as a Tennessee personal injury lawyer, I can tell you that’s not always the case. If you find yourself in this situation, whether you’re the driver in the front or back (or even the middle), it’s important to know how to determine fault in these types of accidents.
Not all rear-end collisions are the same.
Something that often surprises folks is that the driver in the back may not be at fault. In reality, the driver in front may have more to do with the accident than it first appears.
For example, the car in front may have had a flat tire or other issue but didn’t turn on their hazard lights. Or perhaps the driver in front accelerated in reverse, and their tail lights weren’t working. In certain cases, it is possible that the rear driver is only partially to blame, or even not to blame at all.
Sometimes rear-end collisions aren’t only with one car. They can occur with two, three, even four or more cars, creating a pile-up. If a car pushes you into the back of another car, you are not liable for the collision.
Determining fault in these types of accidents can be complex, and hiring an experienced personal injury attorney can be invaluable as you seek the compensation you deserve.
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Determining fault in a rear-end accident can feel overwhelming. It’s not enough to have a verbal account of what happened. You might have to rely on eyewitness testimony, review the police report to see if it contains helpful evidence (like noting debris or skid marks), or you might need an inspection of one or both vehicles.
But if you’ve been involved in one of these accidents, don’t worry. We’re here to help. Our team of experienced attorneys at Darrell Castle & Associates can take the headache out of this process for you and fight to get you the justice you deserve. Contact us online or give us a call at 901-327-1212 for a FREE evaluation of your case today.