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Common Types of Car Accidents: Rear-end Collisions

Who is at-fault in a rear-end accident in Georgia?

Rear-end crashes are some of the most common car accidents to happen across the nation.  It is estimated that 1.8 million rear-end accidents occur every year, as reported by the National Transportation Safety Board.  Rear-end accidents can result in serious injuries for those involved and, at times, even death.  The majority of these accidents can be traced to driver inattention or failure to leave enough following distance.  Our Georgia car accident lawyers discuss the causes of rear-end crashes and who is at-fault when a rear-end accident happens.

Causes of Rear-end Accidents

Rear-end accidents can have many causes.  Some of the most common circumstances that lead to a rear-end collision include:

  • Distracted driving
  • Following too closely
  • Sudden stopping
  • Excessive speed
  • Poor road conditions or visibility

Fault in Rear-end Crashes

In Georgia, drivers who are deemed at-fault for a car accident will be liable for the injuries suffered by the other drivers and passengers involved in the crash.  A claimant’s damages will be reduced by his or her percentage of fault for the accident.  Generally, under Georgia law, the vehicle traveling behind that strikes the front vehicle will be considered at-fault for the accident.  However, exceptions to this rule do exist.  It is important to consider the totality of the circumstances surrounding any rear-end crash before making a decision as to liability.  

Circumstances that could lead to a finding of fault, or at least partial fault, on the part of the lead car could include sudden stopping, unexpected driving maneuvers, or multiple chain reaction crashes.  Your car accident lawyer will assist you in carefully analyzing the rear-end crash to determine who was at-fault.  Evidence to be examined often includes witness statements, damage to the vehicles involved, traffic camera footage, skid marks, cell phone records, and more.

At-fault drivers in Georgia could be liable to cover the medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and related damages sustained by the other drivers and passengers in the crash.  For a serous rear-end accident, these damages can quickly mount to the tens of thousands of dollars.  Contact an attorney right away after your car accident to protect your legal rights.

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