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Scranton Rear End Car Accident Lawyer

Rear end car accidents are some of the most common types of car crashes. They occur when a vehicle hits the rear end of the vehicle in front. They tend to happen in high-traffic situations or when a car is stopped at an intersection. They can happen when a vehicle is fully stopped or traveling at low speeds. In either case, there is force involved and those involved can suffer serious injuries, especially when hitting larger vehicles such as a semi truck.

Rear end accidents can cause significant injuries and damages. Contact the Scranton rear end car accident lawyers at Needle Law Firm to file a claim for compensation.

Causes of Rear End Accidents 

Rear end accidents can be caused by the following:

  • Driving too fast for road conditions makes it harder to slow down to avoid a crash.
  • Leave sufficient space between you and the vehicle in front. Following too closely leaves little room for error if the vehicle in front slows down or brakes suddenly.
  • Distracted driving. Texting, reading, grooming, adjusting the radio station, talking to passengers, and other behaviors can be distracting, causing drivers to lose focus of the road.
  • Poor weather conditions. Ice and rain can cause slippery roadways, which can make crashes more likely.

Liability in Rear End Accidents

Generally speaking, the rear driver is often blamed for rear end accidents, since they were likely tailgating or engaging in other behaviors that led to the crash. However, there are some exceptions to this rule. Here are some ways in which the front driver could be held liable for a rear end crash:

  • Reversing into the rear car. A driver who backs up and hits the vehicle behind them would be held liable in a crash.
  • Driving with broken brake lights. When a vehicle has brake lights that are not functioning properly, it can be hard to tell when they are slowing down or stopping.
  • Drunk driving. A driver who is intoxicated may not be driving properly. They may make odd maneuvers or brake suddenly.
  • Intentionally trying to get hit. Some drivers brake check the vehicle behind them or engage in other behaviors so that the vehicle hits them and they get insurance money.

Keep in mind that sudden braking by the vehicle in front does not necessarily mean they are at fault in a crash. Sometimes there are hazards in the roadway and vehicles need to stop quickly. As a motorist, you need to keep adequate space between you and the vehicle in front. It’s the law, so refrain from tailgating.

Contact Needle Law Firm Today

Rear end accidents are very common but that does not make them minor occurrences. These crashes can cause severe injuries and even death.

If you have been a victim, the Scranton rear end car accident lawyers from Needle Law Firm can help. We’ll help you get fair compensation for all your injuries. Fill out the online form or call (570) 344-1266 to schedule a free consultation with our office. 

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