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Is The Driver Of A Car That Was Rear-Ended Free From Negligence As A Matter Of Law?

This question came up twice last week. I decided to make it the Nevada Law Blog “Question of the Week”. “Can the driver of a car that was rear-ended be a legal or proximate cause of the accident because of an abrupt or unexpected stop?” The Nevada case of Nehls v. Leonard, 97 Nev. 325, 630 P.2d 258 (1981) answers that question “Yes”. The facts of the Nehls case are pretty simple. Ms. Nehls is a passenger in the car behind. She sues the driver of the car ahead. She claims that the driver ahead … [Read more...]