Rear-end collisions range from minor to severe. In some cases, a driver walks away with minimal damage. Other times, they suffer painful and expensive injuries. According to the NHTSA, rear-end collisions are one of the most common types of vehicle accidents. This could happen for several reasons, such as speeding or distracted driving. If you’ve been involved in a rear-end accident, you likely have questions. How did this happen? Who is liable? Will I receive compensation? A car accident attorney will help you answer these questions and get you the compensation you deserve. Let’s go over the causes of rear-end collisions.
Tailgating is when a driver follows the vehicle in front of them too closely. Driving too close reduces your reaction time, so be sure to follow at a safe distance when driving, especially on the highway. Tailgaters increase the chance of rear-end collisions, which can happen when the leading car suddenly slows or stops. Large semi-trucks need to increase their following distances even further since it takes longer to reach a complete stop.
While driving, we constantly have to pay attention to those around us to stay safe and prevent accidents. Distractions affect our ability to account for changes on the road. Unfortunately, distracted driving accidents are widespread, and thousands of people are injured in these collisions every year. Common driving distractions include:
- Texting or talking on the phone
- Loud music
- Adjusting your GPS
- Driving with pets and children
- Talking to passengers
Do what you can to limit distractions while driving to prevent serious accidents. Put phones and other distractions away so that they won’t be a temptation.
The consequences are much worse when a rear-end collision happens at high speeds. If a driver does not have time to slow down before impact, both drivers could suffer serious injuries. You should always follow posted speed limits and reduce your speed in high-traffic areas.
Who is Responsible for Rear-End Collisions?
In most rear-end collisions, the rear driver is responsible for the damages. However, the rear driver is not always liable for this type of crash. There are many scenarios in which a front driver can be at fault in rear-end collisions, such as:
- If they abruptly stop for no reason
- If they change lanes unsafely and suddenly, cutting off the rear driver
- If they stop in the middle of the road
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