Free Consultations
202-296-0666

PLEASE NOTE: To protect your safety in response to the threats of COVID-19, we are offering our clients the ability to meet with us in person, via telephone or through video conferencing. Please call our office to discuss your options.

The D.C. Area’s Premier Personal Injury Law Firm

  1. Home
  2.  » 
  3. Motor Vehicle and Transit Accidents
  4.  » 
  5. Car Accidents
  6.  » 
  7. Car Accidents Questions
  8.  » Are there cases when the driver in front is held responsible for a rear-end collision in D.C.?

Are there cases when the driver in front is held responsible for a rear-end collision in D.C.?

Figuring out who’s at fault after any car accident can be tricky, and often met with resistance from all parties involved in a collision. Although the car traveling behind is often responsible for causing a rear-end car collision, assigning fault is not always so cut-and-dry. The trick to determining who’s responsible for causing the crash is figuring out which driver was careless or negligent, or disobeyed common traffic laws.

Who’s At Fault: The Driver From Behind

This is commonly found in D.C. rear-end car collisions that happen at stoplights, in construction zones, school zones, and in stop-and-go traffic on roadways. In many of these cases, the motorist that hits the car from behind is found at fault.

Who’s At Fault: The Driver in Front

In some cases, the driver in front may be responsible for causing a rear-end collision if:

  • The driver in front was improperly backing up in the middle of a roadway, or from a driveway, parking lot, or alley and hit your car while you were driving.
  • The driver pulls out into oncoming traffic-turning either right or left- without having the right-of-way, and then you run into the back of the car.

Who’s At Fault: Multiple Parties May Be Partially At-Fault

Witness testimony can help establish a scenario where the driver in front suddenly stopped to avoid another car accident, hitting an animal, or stopped negligently out of anger or road rage. Sometimes, this causes a multi-car traffic accident. Depending on the circumstances, both parties may be considered at fault for different reasons.

No matter whether you feel you were at fault or not after a D.C. rear-end auto accident, it’s crucial to speak with a knowledgeable car accident attorney about your rights, and whether the evidence supports any at-fault claims. Our experienced Maryland, Virginia and D.C. car accident attorneys have a history of successfully seeking justice for injured victims of catastrophic car accidents, and we may be able to help you, too. We’re available to talk, free of charge, by scheduling a case evaluation. Call 202-296-0666 today.