Who’s At Fault in a Rear-End Collision?
“Never find fault with the absent.” – Alexander Pope
Rear end collisions are usually presumed to be the fault of the rear driver in New Mexico. The reason? Motor vehicle code requires drivers to maintain a safe distance from the car in front of them, allowing enough time to stop.
Even if you were rear-ended, the other driver’s insurance company may work to show you were at fault in an accident. That’s why it’s important to contact an auto accident attorney like those at Berenson & Associates, P.C. whenever you are involved in a rear-end collision.
Always At Fault?
The rear driver is not necessarily at fault in a rear-end collision. If the front driver stopped illegally, without warning or pulled out in front of the rear driver’s vehicle, they may be at least partially responsible.
Even if the about examples were not the case, the other driver’s insurance company may attempt to claim they occurred. Contact an auto accident attorney to protect your interests in your car accident case.
Rear-End Collision Injuries
Although a rear-end collision seems minor, it may cause serious injuries like whiplash. Other common read-end collision injuries include:
- Soft tissue injury
- Bone fractures or breaks
- Concussions or brain injuries
- Cuts, scrapes and bruises
If you sustained any of these injuries, don’t accept the first offer from the at-fault driver’s insurance company. If the other driver is found to be negligent, you may be entitled to additional compensation.