Am I Liable is Someone Rear-Ends Me?
Regardless as to the reason you stopped your car, the car behind you will be at fault for the collision. The rule of the road says a car must be a safe distance behind you at all times so that if you stop, they will not hit you. If they hit you, this means they were not a safe distance behind you, leaving them at fault for the collision. The only time the car directly behind you would not be at fault for the collision is if their car is pushed into your car due to the negligence of of a third car.