Traditional wisdom might tell you that a rear-end accident is always the fault of the rear vehicle (the vehicle that rear-ends the other vehicle). When a person strikes another car from behind, the investigating police officer may write the person a ticket for “following too closely” or “inattentive driving” without performing any investigation at all into the cause of the crash. Nonetheless, a rear-end collision may be the result of any number of causes, some of which are not the fault of the driver of the rear vehicle at all:
- The lead vehicle may have carelessly made a sudden stop or turn without reason;
- The lead vehicle may not have had working brake lights and/or turn signals;
- There may have been an obstruction in the road that caused the lead vehicle to suddenly stop;
- The lead vehicle may have misread a road sign or traffic light (such as coming to a complete stop at a yield sign); or
- A third vehicle behind the rear vehicle acted negligently and struck the rear vehicle, causing the rear vehicle to strike another vehicle in front of the rear vehicle.
A rear-end collision lawsuit can be brought against the driver of the lead vehicle and/or another driver if evidence is available showing that this person or these persons acted in a careless or reckless manner and this behavior contributed to the rear end collision. An experienced South Carolina car accident lawyer can help you conduct a thorough investigation into your case and help you identify the party or parties who may be obligated to pay you compensation.