Can I be found liable if my car is rear-ended in a car accident?
If you are rear-ended, the car accident is almost always the other driver’s fault.
Every driver has a basic duty to allow themselves enough distance in order to stop safely. If a driver is unable to stop when the vehicle ahead of them brakes, then they are not driving safely.
In other words, they’re not exercising reasonable caution, which means that they can be found negligent and responsible for the accident.
There is, however, no hard and fast rule that being hit from behind always means the other driver is at fault, regardless of the circumstances. There may be situations when a driver is responsible for an accident even if they were hit from behind. An experienced car accident attorney will be able to review the facts of your case and advise you on who will likely be found at fault for the accident and whether you have a good claim for a personal injury lawsuit.