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Are you always at fault if you rear-end another vehicle?

| Jul 12, 2021 | Auto accidents |

Getting into an auto accident is stressful and overwhelming, especially if you believe you are at fault. If you are in Tennessee, and you have rear-ended another individual in a motorized vehicle, you may be wondering if you are at fault, especially if there are extenuating circumstances surrounding the accident.

What if I am pushed?

Whenever automobile accidents occur, it can be hard to determine who is at fault, especially if there are multiple vehicles involved. If you were pushed into another vehicle from behind, auto insurance companies are still likely to think you were too close to another moving car or truck, leaving you at fault. Although in some cases, it is nearly impossible to avoid hitting the car or truck in front of you when pushed, it is extremely difficult to prove that in a court of law when dealing with auto insurance agencies.

Situations where you may not be found at fault

While most often, drivers who rear-end another vehicle are found at fault, there are rare occurrences in which the driver who rear-ends another car is innocent. A few of the situations in which the individual who rear-ends another vehicle is not at fault may include:

• A driver who is pulled over on the side of the road neglects to turn on his or her hazard lights/flashers.

• The car in front of you suddenly reverses into you without warning and/or lawful ability.

• When brakes malfunction or no longer work, a driver may not be at fault for a rear-end accident.

• A driver suddenly stops but fails to complete a planned or motioned turn.

Even though most drivers who rear-end other vehicles are found to be at fault by police and/or insurance agencies, certain scenarios require further investigation and/or legal counsel for maximum protection.