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Can I be found liable if my car is rear-ended in a crash?

In most cases, the driver of the rear-ended car in Virginia will not be held liable in a crash. The reason is that Virginia law requires drivers to be attentive and not to drive too closely, so rear-end accidents should be avoided.

However, if you were operating your car in an unsafe or illegal manner that caused the accident, then you could be found liable. A car accident attorney can help determine liability.

The Following Driver’s Liability in Rear End Collisions

Virginia places responsibility on the following driver to maintain a safe distance and to prevent a rear-end car accident from taking place. A car accident attorney will have an easier time proving fault when the rear-ended car was stopped at a stoplight.

The Lead Driver’s Liability in Rear-End Collisions

The following are some instances when the driver of a rear-ended vehicle may be at fault for causing the accident:

  • backing into the front of another vehicle;
  • making an improper U-turn;
  • failure to yield to traffic;
  • failure to display warning lights;
  • failure to replace malfunctioning brake lights that were known to the driver; and
  • engaging in illegal activity (such as drinking or taking illegal drugs) that contributed to the accident.

Contacting a Front Royal Car Accident Attorney

If you have been involved in a rear-end car accident, the attorneys at Dulaney, Lauer & Thomas LLP can help you sort out the accident scene to determine who is really at fault and who deserves to be compensated for the damages. Contact us through our online contact form or at 1-540-636-7100.

Richard A. Dulaney
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Richard has over 30 years of experience in personal injury law.