Rear-end collisions are one of the most common types of accidents, especially on highways. Numerous factors contribute to the high proportion of rear-end collisions on California highways, including distracted drivers, heavy traffic congestion, speeding, and vehicles driving at varying speeds on the same road. 

These types of accidents can result in severe injuries and even fatalities. At Setareh Law, our experienced car accident attorneys can provide you with the representation you deserve. We understand the stress of being injured by a negligent party and will exhaust every option to help ensure you recover compensation for losses. Contact us today to fight for your right to full and fair compensation.

Why Are Rear-End Accidents So Common on Highways?

As mentioned above, rear-end accidents are common on highways for multiple reasons, including:

  • Distracted drivers
  • Reckless drivers
  • Speeding 
  • Heavy traffic congestion
  • Vehicles traveling at various speed

In a rear-end accident, a vehicle is struck from behind by the front of another vehicle. There are a few different ways that rear-end accidents occur:

  • The rear driver rolls forward at a low speed and hits the vehicle in front of them
  • The at-fault party was driving at a high speed and crashed into a vehicle that was completely stopped
  • The driver was traveling faster than the front vehicle, and the two vehicles collided while in motion 

The very nature of highways creates conditions that make the occurrence of rear-end collisions more common. Vehicles will travel bumper to bumper during high traffic times despite the fact that it’s recommended to leave a space between cars. This would give drivers time to respond in time to avoid an accident. However, some drivers may drive slower than others, which can lead to vehicles crashing into each other as well. 

Is the Tailgating Driver Always At-Fault?

Most people assume that rear drivers are always at fault for rear-end accidents. However, that’s not always the case. It’s also possible for the front driver to be at-fault. The front driver may be considered liable if they:

  • Reverse suddenly into the vehicle behind them
  • Suddenly stopped because they were distracted
  • Stopped suddenly to make a turn but don’t execute the turn
  • Were drunk driving and performed an unpredictable maneuver 
  • Have a broken brake light
  • Stopped in the middle of the road but did not turn on their hazard lights
  • Performed a brake check

Rear-end accidents can quickly turn into a “he said/she said” situation, which makes it difficult to resolve a claim. An experienced attorney can gather the necessary evidence to prove who was at fault and provide strong support for your claim. 

Contact Our Experienced Car Accident Attorney at Setareh Law

People often think of rear-end accidents as minor fender benders that don’t require much hassle. However, claims can quickly become complicated because liability can be so challenging to establish. Additionally, while most rear-end accidents don’t end in severe injury, not everyone is so lucky. The injuries that drivers and passengers may sustain can be severe and significantly impact their quality of life. This is why it’s better to have strong representation that can ensure that the at-fault party is held responsible for the damage they caused.

Setareh Law is dedicated to helping injured victims recover the compensation they deserve. Insurance companies do what they can to point the blame away from their insurer to limit their payout. Our Spanish and English-speaking skilled attorneys won’t settle for less than you deserve. We will provide exceptional legal counsel and ensure the resolution to your claim is the best possible outcome. Contact our firm today by calling us at (310) 659-1826 or by completing our online contact form.