It’s something most of us have heard at some point or other…in a rear-end collision, because the tailing driver has a duty to watch the road in front of him and maintain a proper distance, he or she will always be responsible in the event of a rear-end collision. Is that true? Is it pretty much an open and shut case? Not necessarily.
As a general rule, the driver in back in a rear-end collision will typically be found responsible. Studies show that the most common causes of rear-end collisions are excessive speed and distracted driving. In those situations, it’s not difficult to show that, had the driver in back been paying attention or not traveling so fast, the accident would not have occurred.
There are instances, though, where the driver in front may actually cause the crash:
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