When the Driver in Front Could Be the Negligent Party

Some rear-end collisions are caused by the driver in the front. Here are some of the scenarios when this person could be found negligent:

  • He reverses suddenly
  • He turns on his turn signal and begins to make a turn, but changes his mind before executing the turn
  • His brakes lights are not working
  • His vehicle has a flat tire or other mechanical breakdown, and the driver does not pull over or turn on his hazard lights

What If Both Drivers Are at-Fault in a Rear-End Collision?

Rhode Island follows the pure comparative negligence fault system. This means, both drivers who were partially at fault in a rear-end crash can recover some compensation for their injuries depending on their level of fault. For example, if the driver in front was 20 percent negligent, he could recover 80 percent of the amount that he would otherwise be entitled to.


Christopher L. Russo
Helping Rhode Island personal injury victims for nearly three decades to get the compensation they deserve.