Sometimes, the cause of an accident seems straightforward. Drivers may run a red light or enter an intersection without stopping fully at a stop sign. They may be intoxicated and going at a high speed when the crash occurs. Maybe it’s night time and they didn’t turn on their headlights.
Even in such cases, it’s important to investigate the crash closely to ensure that the fault for the accident is assigned accurately; an accident that seems straightforward may still have complicating factors.
One example occurred recently on the I-25 near Larkspur. As reported by local news, three cars were involved in an accident. The first car stopped on the right lane. Two other cars coming from behind struck it.
In general, for rear-end collisions, the responsibility for the crash lies with the driver who rear-ended the vehicle up ahead. The thinking goes that, regardless of why the car up ahead stopped, you should have been able to stop in time and prevent the collision. If you weren’t able to, it probably means that you were driving irresponsibly in some way, maybe speeding, driving distractedly, or failing to put enough distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you.
However, even in this kind of collision, where fault is usually assigned exclusively to the driver who rear-ended the vehicle in front, it’s still important to not rush to claim fault for what happened. There are some circumstances in which you may not be held wholly at fault if you rear-ended the vehicle in front of you. Maybe the vehicle in front didn’t have working brake lights. Maybe the driver was experiencing some sort of engine failure or another mechanical problem, but hadn’t made a reasonable attempt to get off the road. In some cases, responsibility for the crash may not fall exclusively on you.
You don’t always know the full set of circumstances surrounding a crash. Even when you’re involved in a crash, you may not have a full grasp of all the facts. That’s one reason it’s important to contact experienced Colorado Springs accident attorneys who will review your case thoroughly and maybe spot details that you missed. Thoroughly investigating the crash will increase the chances that you’ll get fair treatment from insurance companies and from any civil proceedings you’re involved in.