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How is fault determined in Texas rear-end collisions?


Is a rear-end motor vehicle collision always the fault of the car approaching from behind?


Rear-end collisions are one of the most common types of automobile wrecks Fort Worth car accident lawyers see.  In almost every situation, it is usually the fault of the car who hits from behind.  Many of the car accident victims at the Anderson Law Firm have their vehicle hit from the rear and suffer neck and back injuries due to these rear-end collisions.

However, it is not always the fault of the rear car.  The following are examples of collisions where our car accident attorneys find it is the fault of the front car (the one that is hit in the rear end):

    1. When the front car pulls out of a parking lot.  Many times the front car pulls out of a parking lot when unsafe and barely gains control of the lane when it is rear-ended by the second car.  In these instances, the front car should not have pulled out in front of the other car.  Therefore, it is the fault of the car that was pulling out of the parking lot for a failure to yield right of way.

    2.The front car immediately changes lanes.  Sometimes there is a lane change and an abrupt stop which causes the accident.  These are very tough to determine who is at fault.  However, if the second car did not have an opportunity to keep a safe distance due to the abrupt lane change, then arguably it is the fault of the car that abruptly, or quickly, changed lanes.

    3. The front car slams on the brakes for no reason.  In a normal situation, a car must keep a safe distance from the other car in order to come to a complete stop.  However, there are certain situations where the front car stops for no reason at all.  These situations are rare, as usually there are certain reasons that the front car stops.  If the front car stops or slows for traffic, then the second car should have kept a safe distance and also be stopping in time not to cause a collision.

If you have been injured in a rear-end collision in or around Fort Worth, Texas, the personal injury attorneys at the Anderson Law Firm might be able to assist you.  We represent victims who have been injured by somebody else’s negligence.  If you have questions regarding whether we can provide legal assistance or if you just have questions regarding a potential injury claim, please give us a call.  We offer free, no obligation consultations over the phone.  Additionally, we provide courtesy copies of our book, 15 Mistakes That Will Wreck Your Texas Accident Cases, to all Texas accident victims.  To order this book, either call us or click here.

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Mark A. Anderson
Board Certified Personal Injury Lawyer in Fort Worth, Texas