Three Common Car Accident Scenarios and Who Is At Fault

Car accidents are more common than you might think. The average adult will be in four car accidents during their lifetime. If you have been in an accident and you believe the other driver is at fault, you need to make a case to get the compensation you deserve. To give you an idea of who might be considered at fault, here are some examples of the three most common types of car accidents.

Rear-End Crashes

Rear-end car crashes, or “fender benders,” are the most common type of car accident. About 40 percent of all accidents are rear-end crashes. In most cases, the person to rear-end the other driver is at fault. There can be some exceptions, however. If the driver who was hit slammed on the brakes or had other erratic driving behavior that led to the rear-end crash, they could be found to be partially or completely at fault. If someone backs into your car, you are also not liable even though it was their rear-end that was damaged.

T-Bone Accidents

A t-bone accident usually happens in an intersection where vehicles are traveling in different directions. It is not always cut and dry who is responsible for this type of accident. If one of the drivers ignored a traffic signal or sign, they will be deemed to be at fault. These types of accidents really come down to who had the legal right of way, and that can be difficult to determine if you aren’t familiar with the law.

Changing Lanes

Most of the time, the person changing lanes and causing the accident is to blame in these car crashes. However, that is not always the case. If the person struck by the lane change was driving too fast, driving recklessly, or not using their blinkers and headlights as necessary for visibility, they could be found to be at fault for the accident.

In short, even with the most common types of accidents, it is not always clear who is at fault. If you have been in an accident and you believe the other driver is at fault, your best bet is to contact an experienced personal injury attorney who can analyze the case. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation.