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Explaining Liability in Rear-End Accidents

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were about 2.24 million people injured in car accidents in 2010 alone. Accidents can occur in many different ways, with some posing a greater risk of injury than others. One of the most unavoidable types of accidents for victims is a rear-end accidents. These accidents occur when a vehicle slams into the back on another vehicle, and often happen when the vehicle in front is slowing down or stopping. To ensure that you recover the full value of your claim after a rear end accident, you should retain one of the experienced personal injury attorneys of the Law Offices of Shane Smith as soon as possible.


Who is at Fault?

Georgia law requires that drivers maintain a safe distance between their vehicle and a vehicle in front of them. When drivers fail to do so, they can often collide with the vehicle in front of them if the other driver slows down or stops. Not all cases of rear-end accidents are caused by the driver of the trailing vehicle, and it is important for victims of rear end accidents to retain an attorney who has experience handling rear-end accident cases. Some of the most common causes of rear-end accidents include:

  • Distracted driving
  • Following too closely
  • Speeding
  • Brake failure
  • Poor weather conditions
  • Faulty tail lights
  • Tire blowouts
  • Impaired driving


Some of these conditions may implicate negligence on the part of the driver who was struck from behind, while others indicate that the rear-driver was at fault. Determining liability in a rear-end accident can be a legally complicated issue, so it is best for those involved in one to retain an attorney as soon as possible after an accident.

Contact a Coweta County personal injury attorney for a free consultation

If you or a loved one has been injured in a rear-end accident, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. In order to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced personal injury lawyers, call the Law Offices of Shane Smith today at (770) 487-8999.

Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia