What is my liability if I was rear ended in a 3 car collision and pushed into the car in front of me?

UPDATED: Jun 11, 2014

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What is my liability if I was rear ended in a 3 car collision and pushed into the car in front of me?

I have more damage to my front then my back end. Car in front of me claims he felt 2 hits but I clearly remember that i didn’t hit him until I was hit from behind. But I will admit that there was not enough space in between the 2 cars. His back end of the car has a few scratches and same goes for the car that rear ended me. Am I responsible for all damages done to my car’s front?

Asked on June 11, 2014 under Accident Law, California


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

If, as you say, you were too close ("not enough space in-between the 2 cars) to the car in front of you and that's why you suffered damage to your front end, then yes--you are probably liable, or responsible, for most if not all of that damage. Had you not been too close to the car ahead of you and not hit it, then the rearmost driver would have been responsible for all the damage to your car--the rear driver in a two-car collision is almost always legally responsible.

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