As I just posted, however, there is a presumption of negligence against the rear-ending driver that is rebuttable. That means the driver who rear-ended the other car can fight liability.
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Mr. Deasy is correct. There is a presumption of negligence, but you can overcome that. Officers love to write following too closely and careless driving tickets in that situation just as a matter of course for whomever rear-ended another driver. However, there are MANY instances in which the trailing driver did nothing wrong.
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It is not a "rule" but a "presumption" (since "presumably" the following car was the last able to prevent the accident (except for following too close, too fast, etc.)
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No. Typically the car that hits another in the rear is liable 9 times out of 10. Have a local car accident lawyer investigate your accident.
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