Rear-end accidents are some of the most common motor vehicle collisions on Texas roads. In part, this is because vehicles travel quickly, and an unexpected slow-down ahead may not leave motorists with enough time to stop. For this reason, it is incredibly important to leave sufficient room between vehicles, especially on crowded roads.
While it’s commonly known that the rear driver in a rear-end accident is generally the party responsible for the collisions, that isn’t always the case. In some situations, the driver that is hit may either share the responsibility or be completely at fault. For example, if the driver up front suddenly slams on their brakes for no reason or slows down to turn without signaling, a subsequent rear-end collision may be all but unavoidable for a driver behind them.
A recent example of a situation where the lead driver may share responsibility comes from an accident out of Houston. According to a recent news report, it was around 8 p.m. on Highway 249, near the Greens Road exit, when a man driving a white car pulled in front of a van before applying the brakes. The driver of the van was unable to stop in time and crashed into the back of the car. Sadly, the car’s driver was taken to the hospital and did not survive the injuries he sustained in the accident.
Authorities are still investigating the accident. They made a statement indicating they do not believe alcohol played a role in the collision; however, they are unsure what caused the driver to apply the brakes suddenly.
This type of rear-end accident is one of the hardest to determine fault. On one hand, it seems unlikely that a driver would intentionally pull in front of a vehicle to then slam on the brakes. And because the driver unfortunately died, he is not here to provide his side of the story. However, on the other hand, the story provided by the driver of the van is not beyond the realm of possibility.
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