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Who Is at Fault in a Virginia Rear-End Crash?

One of the most common types of crashes is rear-end collisions, often causing injuries for those unlucky enough to be involved. Even a low-speed crash can cause injuries, ranging from whiplash to brain injuries. Depending on the extent of the injuries, a victim of a rear-end crash can end up with thousands of dollars in medical expenses, lost income from missing work while recovering, and a negative effect on their quality of life during this recovery time. Some of these injuries can even be long-term or permanent.

 

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Whatever the extent of injuries and losses, a victim of a rear-end crash may be entitled to financial compensation if the other driver was at fault. A Virginia car accident attorney can not only help determine who is liable for the crash, but also help victims obtain that financial compensation. Some of the most common crash scenarios that our accident attorneys see in the cases we handle include the following:

Rear-Driver Liability: In the majority of rear-end crashes, it is the driver in the rear vehicle who is responsible for the crash. One of the most common reasons is distracted driving. Even taking your eyes and attention off the road for seconds can result in in a crash. If the driver was on their cell phone or engaging in some other type of distracted driving behavior, they would be deemed negligent for the crash. Another common reasons for rear-end driver liability is speeding.

Front-Driver Liability: There are rear-end crashes where the front-driver is responsible for the accident. For example, if the driver should suddenly make a stop while going through a green light, the vehicles behind that driver may not have enough time to stop at this traffic flow interruption. Another way a front driver could cause a rear-end collision is if they were engaging in aggressive driving or road rage, such as dangerously hitting their brakes for no reason.

Front and Rear Driver Liability: There can be some crashes were both vehicle drivers share fault for the collision. Virginia follows the contributory negligence doctrine. This means that if an injured victim was in any way responsible for the crash that caused their injuries, they cannot pursue damages. The other driver would need to be 100 percent at-fault for the crash in order for a victim to be awarded financial compensation for their losses from the other driver.

Let a Virginia Injury Attorney Help

If you have suffered an injury caused by the negligent or reckless behavior of another driver in a rear-end crash, contact a Virginia car accident attorney to discuss what your legal options may be. Victims can be compensated for the medical expenses, lost income from being unable to work, pain and suffering, and emotional anguish.

If they are left with long-term and permanent disability, they may also be entitled to financial compensation for the losses this disability has caused, including loss of future income if they are unable to work or return to their profession, future medical expenses, and the overall negative impact the injury has had on their quality of life.

Our personal injury attorneys have successfully represented many clients who were forced to deal with painful injuries and long recoveries due to another person’s negligence. Contact our office today at 800-752-0042 to schedule a free case evaluation.

 

Eric K. Washburn
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Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Lawyer Serving Va Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake & all of Virginia