Can I Be Found Liable If My Car Is Rear-Ended In A Crash? 

by The Brown Firm

There are a multitude of ways in which Car Accidents can take place, however, rear-end collisions are among the most common in Georgia

Unlike the majority of other collisions, rear-end accidents are often classified as "no-doubt" liability cases.

This means that typically, the driver who rear-ends the vehicle in front of them is at-fault for the accident. 

You can learn more details about "no doubt" liability cases at this link.

If you are hit from behind while driving, you are unlikely to be held responsible for the accident.

In most circumstances, the driver behind you should have been keeping a safe distance from your car to prevent an accident from occurring.

Although the majority of the time rear-end collisions will be blamed on the driver who did the rear-ending, there is always an exception to the rule, and rear-end livability cases are no different.

In the event you were rear-ended by another vehicle, here are a few reasons why you could be held fully or partially liable for the accident: 

1. No Brake Lights: You may have been rear-ended because the driver behind you couldn't tell you were breaking because your brake lights were not working. If you cause an accident due to the lack of brake lights and the police officer finds out, you will be held responsible for the accident. 

2. Engaging in Illegal Activity: If you are hit from behind but were operating the vehicle under the consumption of alcohol or drugs, you will more than likely be held responsible for the accident occurring. Engaging in any form of illegal activity while driving will always render you, at a minimum, partially at-fault for the accident. 

3. Backing into the Front of another Vehicle: Just because the rear-end of your car is damaged and the front of the other person's car is damaged does not necessarily mean they ran into you. If you are backing out and into traffic and you fail to yield and hit the vehicle behind you, you will be considered at-fault for the accident. 

4. Making an Improper U-Turn: Maybe you missed your turn and you're thinking you will just make a u-turn to get back on track, if you happen to make a u-turn in an illegal zone, and your car is hit from behind, you will be considered at-fault because your car should not have been there in the first place. 

5. Failure to Yield: If there is a yield sign, and you decide to speed up to try and cut everyone off, you will be held responsible if another driver hits you from behind. You cannot ignore traffic laws and expect to be completely guilt-free if an accident occurs. 

When an accident occurs the police will be called, and they will listen to your version of the story along with the other drivers and any potential witnesses.

They will complete an accident investigation to determine liability. 

In the event that you were following all traffic laws, and the other driver is indeed given a ticket for the accident, you are entitled to hire a Car Accident Attorney to help you receive the compensation that you are owed for the damages and injuries that you suffered. 

Having an attorney to help file your claim will be your best chance at making sure your claim is filed correctly and on time. It will also ensure that you have the best chance possible at receiving the maximum amount of compensation that you are owed for the damages and injuries that were inflicted.

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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