Rear End Auto Accident Attorneys in San Diego, California
Rear end auto accidents are among the most avoidable, yet most frequently occurring accidents in San Diego. They are so preventable because of the general rules and laws of the road which require all drivers to maintain an adequate distance between themselves and the vehicle in front of them. Doing so ensures that if something happens to the front vehicle, if that vehicle must suddenly stop or slow down, the rear vehicle has plenty of space, and therefore plenty of time, to slow or stop also.
If you’ve had injuries or damage to your car in a rear end accident in the San Diego area, contact 1-800-HURT-NOW for a FREE CONSULTATION to discuss your claim. You may be entitled to compensation.
Why Do So Many Rear End Auto Accidents Occur?
Even though rear end accidents are preventable, they still occur every day. One reason is that the rear driver does not always follow those rules, and doesn’t always maintain a safe distance. Many are surprised to learn that the recommended length between two vehicles is the length of three vehicles. Another reason is that sometimes car parts malfunction, whether it is the brake lights of the front driver or the brakes of the rear driver. And there are cases where the front driver is driving erratically, stopping suddenly, changing lanes unsafely, or brake checking. Finally, external factors like the weather, icy roads, damaged roads, and debris in the road can all contribute to rear end accidents.
You Must Prove Negligence To Recover Compensation for Damages
Naturally, any driver who is in a rear end accident is going to hope that it’s not their own fault and try to prove that it is the other driver’s fault. This is true regardless of whether you are the rear driver or the front driver. It is easier for the front driver to prove negligence in these cases, because it is frequently presumed that the error is on the part of the rear driver, who could have avoided the incident by maintaining a safe distance. However, this is not always the case, and the rear driver will likely argue that the front driver was driving in an unsafe manner which caused the accident. Whichever driver can prove negligence on the part of the other driver can recover compensation for their losses.
To prove negligence, you start with the duty of care that is owed to you and others by the other driver. All drivers owe all other drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists a duty of care and caution to avoid causing harm. The next thing is to prove that this duty of care was breached, that the other driver’s behavior did something that was careless or dangerous while driving. Then, you have to prove that this breach of duty of care, this wrongful driving behavior, is what caused the accident and that the accident is what caused your injuries. As long as you can prove this, you can recover compensation.
Contact a San Diego Auto Accident Attorney About Your Rear End Collision
If you’ve been injured or sustained auto damage from a rear end accident in San Diego that was another driver’s fault, contact George Arvanitis at 1-800-HURT-NOW (800-487-8669). We’ll schedule a FREE CONSULTATION, discuss the merits of your claim, gather evidence, investigate, and help you to prove negligence and recover compensation from the at-fault driver. Call today to get started.