Ask the DMV: Whose at fault in rear end collision?
Q: If you rear end someone, does the law always consider the collision to be your fault? A: Though it is often the case, there is no law that determines which driver will be at fault in all cases. Still, it is very important that you know how to be a good defensive driver. To avoid a rear-end collision, remember to:• Plan ahead. Look down the road 10 to 15 seconds ahead of your vehicle so you can see hazards early.• Scan. Look beyond the car ahead of you. Look at the movement of cars around you. Don’t develop a “fixed stare.” • Don’t tailgate. Many drivers don’t see as far ahead as they should because they follow too closely, and as a result, the vehicle immediately ahead blocks their view. Tailgating also gives you insufficient time to brake quickly.• Adjust your speed. Slow down in poor weather. Rain and snow can cause vehicles to slip on the roadway. It also impairs your vision, affecting your ability to drive safely.For more information on safe driving practices, visit dmv.ca.gov/p