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What You Should Know About Rear-End Accidents

Involved in a rear-end accident in Denver? Jordan Law provides guidance on what you should expect to effectively handle your case. This type of accident is one of the most common types of vehicle accidents in the United States, making up about 40 percent of the collisions that occur each year, a statistic obtained by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

In most cases, the driver who hit the rear-end of the other vehicle will be held at fault. This is not, however, automatically determined and other factors may play a role.

Establishing Negligence in a Rear-End Crash Case

As a general rule, drivers are obliged to leave enough space between themselves and the vehicle they are following. When a rear-end collision occurs, it is typically assumed that this rule-of-the-road was not followed and the accident occurred as a result.

If, however, it can be proven that another party acted negligently, the court will take this evidence into account. Every driver owes one another a duty of care while operating a vehicle on the road. When a driver fails to do so, this duty has been breached. Using this principle, if the other party was driving in a careless manner or failing to follow the rules of the road, he or she will be considered liable. For instance, if the driver in front brakes suddenly without turning, a case could be made that they were responsible for the accident.

After an accident of this kind, you must collect all possible evidence that can be used to build your case. Take photographs of the accident and document any other information that will be useful for your lawyer.

Working with a knowledgeable Denver personal injury attorney can help you build a powerful case. At Jordan Law, we offer free case evaluations to assess the circumstance and see which route to pursue.

Call us today for the guidance you need.