Who is at fault in a rear-end accident in Tampa?
Posted By Darrigo & Diaz
If you rear-end someone in Tampa, it’s not always your fault. Find out how an experienced accident attorney can help your case.
Rear-end collisions are one of the most common types of car accident in Tampa. In fact, rear-end accidents in Tampa occur on a daily basis. While it may seem obvious who is at fault in rear-end accidents, it’s important to know that it is not always the driver who hits the car in front. There are multiple scenarios where the driver who is rear-ended can be held liable.
In this blog, we share different scenarios for how rear-end accidents in Tampa occur and what to do if these situations apply to you.
Different scenarios for how rear-end accidents in Tampa occur
There are many ways that rear-end accidents in Tampa can happen. Here, we share some of the most common causes of rear-end collisions and who would be at-fault.
If someone is stopped and you hit them, is it your fault?
This tends to be the most common type of rear-end accident in Tampa. And, in the majority of these cases, the driver who hits the car in front of them is at-fault. If a car is stopped and you don’t notice (i.e. you’re driving distracted) or you can’t stop in time (you’re speeding), then you will likely be held accountable. However, our Tampa car accident attorneys have had cases where liability is not as clear. If this scenario applies to you, the best thing you can do is contact our firm to see if we can help.
If someone slams on their brakes and you hit them, is it your fault?
Generally speaking, it is your responsibility as a driver to not hit the car in front of you. You must take reasonable measures to avoid a rear-end collision, such as braking in time or safely switching lanes.
However, several factors can make the front driver at-fault. For example, did the driver in front of you have broken or missing brake lights? Did the driver “brake check” you to out of road rage? Did the driver suddenly stop to avoid hitting something, such as debris in the road? It’s important to know that these scenarios are complex and you should contact an experienced Tampa car accident attorney for help with your claim.
If someone pulls out in front of you and you hit them, is it your fault?
In most cases, if a driver pulls out in front of you and you hit them, the other driver will be at-fault. In this scenario, the other driver should not have had the right of way, meaning they should have waited for you to pass before they pulled out. But, there can be exceptions. If this scenario applies to you, contact our law firm to ensure your rights are protected.
If someone cuts you off and you hit them, who is at fault?
This scenario will require further investigation to determine fault. However, the driver who cuts you off can be held liability. For example, if the driver is angry because you are going too slow, he or she may speed up to pass you, reenter the lane, and then slam on the brakes. Under these circumstances of reckless driving, that driver can be at fault.
How can a Tampa car accident prove your case?
The Tampa car accident attorneys at Darrigo & Diaz have decades of experience representing victims of rear-end accidents in Tampa. Whether you hit the car in front of you or were hit by the driver behind you, we can help prove who is really at-fault.
Our Tampa car accident attorneys will launch an investigation to identify the liable party or parties and prove that they acted in a negligent manner. To prove negligence, we need to provide evidence for the following four factors:
1. The driver that you hit or who hit you was driving irresponsibly (speeding, texting, etc.)
2. The driver that you hit or who hit you did something specific to cause the accident (slammed on the breaks, pulled out in front of you, etc.)
3. You were following all traffic laws (not speeding, not texting, etc.)
4. You suffered physical and financial damages because of the accident.
Injured in a rear-end accident in Tampa?
Contact Darrigo & Diaz immediately
If you are involved and/or injured in a rear-end accident in Tampa, whether you are the driver who was hit or you hit the car in front of you, contact the experienced Tampa car accident attorneys at Darrigo & Diaz right away. We can help determine who is at-fault and we can ensure you receive the compensation you need to pay for medical bills and vehicle damages.
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