It's common knowledge, drilled into our heads from the time we first learn how to press the gas pedal, that if we rear-end someone, it's our fault and if someone rams into the back of our car - no matter what we were doing - it's the other driver's fault.
In South Carolina road law, it's not always so cut and dry. However, it's true that it will almost always be the other driver's fault or at least mostly the other driver's fault.
Even though your driving teacher told you it will always be your fault if you rear-end someone, that's not always the case in South Carolina.
- Faulty or broken lights If you run into someone whose taillights weren't working and there was no reasonable way for you know the driver in front of you was braking, the crash is not your fault. Make sure you let law enforcement investigating the South Carolina auto accident know that the car you hit had no rear lights.
- Unreasonable stopping, irrational driving or mechanical issues If you run into a car, particularly on a busy road with high traffic speeds, that stops abruptly and inexplicably or has mechanical issues and fails to get out of traffic, the accident may not be your fault. The same is true if you're stopped on a hill at a reasonable distance and the vehicle in front of your rolls backward into you.
- Chain reaction If you rear-end another vehicle in South Carolina as the result of a multi-car accident, the rear-ended does not automatically put you at fault.
Defending yourself in a South Carolina rear-ending case
Cases involving rear end collisions can often be complicated. If you have been rear-ended, or rear-ended someone in a special circumstance, contact an attorney right away.
You will want to be certain insurance companies are clear about what happened and that you're treated fairly.
If you have questions about what to do after a South Carolina rear-ending accident , contact the experienced South Carolina auto accident lawyers at George Sink P.A. Injury Lawyers. We have offices throughout the state and will be happy to answer your questions so you feel better informed of your rights and options.