Rear-end crashes occur when the front end of one vehicle hits the back end of another vehicle. They often happen as the vehicle in front is slowing its speed or stopping. This type of collision is one of the leading causes of accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), rear-end accidents caused 1,806 fatalities and 503,000 injuries in 2013.
Common Causes of Rear-End Collisions
Even if a vehicle is traveling at a slow speed, rear-end accidents can result in devastating injuries for passengers. Common causes of these accidents include:
- Tailgating. Drivers are required to stay a safe distance behind the vehicle in front of them. When they tailgate another vehicle, there’s not sufficient time or space to stop when the other driver slows down or stops suddenly.
- Driver distractions. Distracted driving can include talking on a cell phone, texting, eating, or talking to passengers. Whenever a driver’s attention is not fully on the road, accidents such as rear-end collisions can happen.
- Driver intoxication. When a driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs, his driving skills are reduced. He may not be as alert, and he may misjudge the distance between his vehicle and the one in front of him.
- Weather conditions. Drivers need to slow down in fog, rain, high winds, and ice. When they fail to do so, there’s insufficient time to stop or keep their vehicles in their own lane.
- Construction zones. Drivers who become impatient with congestion and slower speeds in construction zones can easily rear-end another vehicle—sometimes causing a multi-vehicle accident.
- Speeding. When drivers speed, they don’t have sufficient time to stop, especially if traffic suddenly slows down.
- Defective vehicles. Vehicles with defective brakes or tires with worn treads are more likely to slide into another vehicle.
If you were injured in a rear-end collision, you could suffer serious injuries such as brain damage, fractures, and spinal cord injuries. You may be entitled to compensation from the negligent driver for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Call us at 866-299-0558 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.