Who’s at Fault if my car is rear-ended in NJ?

Were you sitting at a red light when someone hit you from behind?

Rear-end collisions are the most common type of vehicle accident in the United States with more than two million each year. Most cases are caused by the driver of the rear car either following too closely and/or driving too fast to safely stop if necessary.

Distracted driving is one of the common causes of rear-end accidents:

  • Text messaging
  • Talking on a cell phone
  • Eating or drinking
  • Adjusting the radio, CD player or MP3 player
  • Using a GPS navigation system
  • Talking to passengers

Distracted driving is not the only cause; others include:

  • Speeding
  • Tailgating
  • Driving under the influence
  • Unsafe lane change
  • Weather conditions

If you get hit in a rear-end accident, you can safely assume that the other driver will be deemed at fault for the accident and will be 100% liable for damages caused.

The only exceptions include:

  • If you suddenly slam on the brakes hard – for no reason at all while you are driving
  • A third party somehow forced an otherwise safe driver into another driver – an accident involving multiple vehicles

While this is clear in theory, real life is never that simple. There are numerous variables that can contribute to the occurrence of a car accident and an investigation is necessary to uncover the actual cause of the accident and the liable party. To ensure your rights are protected get a personal injury & accident attorney familiar with car collisions to best represent your claim.

Always remember – A basic rule of the road is that you should be able to stop safely if a vehicle stops ahead of you. If you are tailing another driver and cannot stop in time and wind up rear-ending the vehicle in front of you, you are not driving as safely as you need to be under the circumstances.

If you were involved in a rear-end collision and regardless of whether you were the driver in the front or in the rear, contact the experienced personal injury law offices of Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi. We can represent you and help you to obtain the maximum compensation available given the circumstances of your case.

To learn more about how we can help, give us a call in our Fort Lee, New Jersey or New York City office.