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Why would I need an attorney to help me establish liability if I was rear-ended?

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Although rear-end accident cases seem cut and dry, sometimes these accidents can be more complex than you imagine for the following reasons:

  • Third party involvement – When someone else hits the driver who plowed into your vehicle, liability is found with the third party that pushed the other vehicle into yours.  However, if the third party driver speeds away after clipping the car, you may be left with a hit-and-run situation. Another example of third party involvement that can make a simple case complex is when another car causes you to stop suddenly. This sudden stop may have caused another vehicle to rear-end your car, causing you and the driver in the rear to pursue a claim against the third party involved.
  • Negligence on your part – If your brake lights were burned out or not working properly, the other driver may claim negligence. Another example of a case in which you may bear some comparative negligence is if you got a flat tire and stopped in the middle of the road instead of moving over to the shoulder.

In most rear-end accidents, there really isn’t much to argue about regarding who hit who. However, as these examples suggest, sometimes these cases can be complex and may affect your Georgia personal injury claim. To make sure you know your rights and have a strong case, call a knowledgeable Norcross personal injury lawyer today. You can reach the Law Offices of Shane Smith at (770) 487-8999 for a free, no obligation consultation today.

Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia