Rear-end car accidents are a regular occurrence in Las Vegas. In fact, studies show that up to 37% of motor vehicle accidents are rear-end collisions. A rear-end collision takes place when the front of one car collides with the rear of another. In most cases, the driver of a vehicle that hits another from behind is considered at fault; however there are some exceptions to this rule. Knowing what the law on rear-end car accidents is in Las Vegas can help you if you ever experience one.
The Law on Rear-End Car Accidents
The law usually finds the tailing driver responsible for a rear-end collision. However, the tailing driver can prevail against this presumption if there is evidence showing that the driver did not act negligently. The reason the tailing driver is presumed liable is because a safe driver should provide enough space between their vehicle and the next to stop, even suddenly, without causing a rear-end collision. Failure to stop in time, slow a vehicle for the traffic conditions, and travel within a safe distance are all examples of negligent driving.
However, in some instances, the tailing driver is not the sole cause of a collision. For example, if a vehicle’s brake lights do not work and the tailing driver has no notice that the vehicle is coming to a stop, both drivers bear some liability for the accident.
Accidents Involving Multiple Vehicles
Rear-end collisions may involve more than two vehicles. The presumption of liability, in this instance, is typically the same in a multi-vehicle collision—the tailing driver is responsible. So, if a car halts at a red light and a second safely stops behind it, the driver of a third vehicle that rear-ends the second, will likely be held responsible for the crash. If the second vehicle is pushed into the first, the driver of the first vehicle can make a claim against the third driver, and in some cases, even the second driver. Again, the tailing driver can dispute liability if there is evidence of negligence by the drivers in front of him.
Injuries From Rear-end Accidents
Rear-end collisions can result in an array of injuries, including:
- Head trauma
- Broken bones
- Back injuries
If you are involved in a rear-end collision, it may be difficult to overcome liability disputes. The other driver(s) will point to your own negligence as the cause of the crash. Therefore, you need an experienced attorney who will build a strong case for you. Mainor Wirth is exceptionally skillful in cases involving rear-end car accidents. To be fairly compensated for your injuries and emotional distress, call Mainor Wirth immediately.