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Is the Driver Who Rear-Ends Another Car Always at Fault?

Brandon Evans   |  May 24, 2017   |  

The Goldsboro News-Argus reported on a deadly rear-end car accident that claimed the life of a 58-year-old man from Goldsboro. The fatal accident happened on US 70 Bypass near mile marker 362. As the 58-year-old man was traveling along US 70 Bypass, a 24-year-old man driving a Chevrolet truck rear-ended the 58-year-old man’s car. The collision forced both vehicles off the road. The driver of the Chevrolet truck, as well as two passengers in his vehicle, sustained minor injuries in the crash. As of this writing, authorities had not determined what caused the crash. However, they have ruled out speeding and alcohol as factors in the wreck. The 24-year-old driver of the truck was charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle.

Rear-End Car Accident Causes

In most cases, the driver of the lead car is the victim in rear-end car wrecks. However, there can be exceptions, such as if the lead car stops suddenly on the freeway because the driver was distracted. Whether the lead driver or following driver is at fault, distracted driving is one of the most common causes of rear-end car crashes. Other causes of rear-end car accidents include:

  • Speeding
  • Drunk driving
  • Driving while sleepy
  • Tailgating

In the video below, Raleigh car wreck attorney Gene Riddle talks about whether texting while driving is a big problem in North Carolina.