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Rear ender causes fender damage…

Submitted By: Jamie (Prince George)

I was in a rear ender caused by the vehicle behind me. The light ahead was red and I began to slow down, but the car behind me did not and ran into my fender causing damage.

What or who’s insurance would cover the damage that resulted from the collision? Thanks.

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Answer

Dear Jamie,

Jamie:

From the facts you present it is clear the driver of the car which collided with your fender is liable for the damages to your car.

In most jurisdictions the law requires each driver to follow at a “safe” distance. Most courts have determined safe distance to mean for every 10 miles per hour there should be at least the distance of one car separating both vehicles.

Such a distance is said to afford each driver a safe distance within which to stop and avoid a collision.

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from a licensed attorney. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here , or call (888) 647-2490.

Best of luck,

Published: March 13, 2011

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