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Does Liability Always Fall on the Rear Car in a Rear End Accident?

June 8, 2022 | Car Accidents

Liability for a rear-end accident usually falls on the rear car, but not always. It will depend on which driver’s negligence led to the collision. 

When the Leading Car Is at Fault in a Rear-End Collision

Here are some examples of when actions taken by a leading driver may make them liable if a car rear-ends them: 

  • Failing to yield the right of way
  • Making an illegal turn 
  • Making an abrupt lane change without warning so it is impossible for the rear driver to avoid a collision
  • Driving with tail lights that are out or broken
  • Backing up or out of a parking spot without looking
  • Driving too slow for the current traffic conditions
  • Braking suddenly for no valid reason
  • Failing to pull over to the side of the road for a mechanical problem with their vehicle
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs

A third party can also be liable in some accidents.

Missouri Dram Shop Laws

June 6, 2022 | Car Accidents

Missouri dram shop laws hold bars, restaurants, hotels, clubs, or other businesses that sell alcohol legally responsible for the resulting damages caused by serving an already intoxicated patron or a minor. As a result, if you are injured by a drunk driver, you may be able to sue the drunk driver and the establishment that served them as well. 

What To Do If You’re Involved In A Car Accident While Pregnant

March 25, 2022 | Car Accidents

Any type of car accident can be terrifying, especially if pregnant. Due to the heightened risks for an expectant mother and her unborn baby, there are specific steps you should take if you are involved in a collision while pregnant.

Call 9-1-1

Unless you cannot move, get to a safe location away from the road and call 911.

Whiplash From Side Impact Collision

March 22, 2022 | Car Accidents

Side impact collisions also referred to as T-bone accidents can cause devastating injuries including whiplash. Whiplash is a very common neck injury caused in car accidents due to the high impact that forcefully moves the neck back and forth. Many victims suffer this type of injury, but it can often be overlooked because symptoms can take up to 24 hours to appear. 

Who is at Fault When a Mechanical Failure Causes a Car Accident?

March 17, 2022 | Car Accidents

Some car accidents are caused by a mechanical failure rather than another driver’s negligence. If mechanical failure is suspected as the cause of an accident, many parties may be at fault. 

Potentially Liable Parties for a Car Accident Caused by Mechanical Failure

There are several parties who may be at fault for a car accident involving mechanical failure: 

The Car Manufacturer 

If a car is inherently dangerous due to its design or a defective part, which leads to an accident, its manufacturer may be liable for damages.

Black Box Data Used in Car Accident Cases

March 15, 2022 | Car Accidents

In some St. Louis car accident cases, a driver knows they were not at fault but can’t prove it due to a lack of witnesses or video evidence. Often both drivers claim that the other was at fault, so without much evidence, it can be difficult to prove your case.

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