Rear End Car Accidents: Collisions from Behind
By Saunders Law Group on July 18, 2018
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that about 40 percent of all car accidents that occur each year are rear end collisions. This means that the front of one vehicle winds up striking the back of another vehicle. There are plenty of reasons why these collisions occur, and the injuries can be serious.
The Bartow, FL attorneys at Saunders Law Group would like to consider the causes of rear end collisions, what can be done about these kinds of crashes, and your legal options in the even of an accident.
Tailgating and Rear End Collisions
Tailgating is a major cause of many rear end collisions. When someone is tailgating another vehicle, it makes it more difficult to stop safely and avoid collisions. Be sure to leave ample room between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead of you. A few car lengths could mean the difference between safety and a rear end crash.
Sudden Stops and Rear End Collisions
Sometimes a person on the road will make a sudden and unexpected stop. When they do, there is a risk of that vehicle being rear ended. Sudden stops might be unavoidable in some cases, particularly when debris suddenly falls into the road or a person or object darts across a few lanes of traffic. Be mindful of your surroundings to help prevent the need for stopping suddenly.
Speeding and Reckless Driving
Exceeding the speed limit, weaving in and out of lanes, and other kinds of reckless behaviors could increase the risk of rear end collisions occurring. This is why it’s always important to follow the rules of the road. Simply abiding by the speed limit and being a courteous driver makes the road safer for everyone.
Texting While Driving and Other Kinds of Distraction
Texting while driving is one of the most dangerous things you can do behind the wheel. According to numbers cited by the Department of Motor Vehicles, cellphones played a role in 26 percent of all auto accidents in 2014. All forms of distraction behind the wheel, from grooming to eating, can lead to crashes. An average of 1,000 injuries and 9 fatalities occur each day due to driver distraction. Given these realities, keep your hands on the wheel and undivided attention on the road.
Injuries from Rear End Collisions
Whiplash is the most common injury associated with rear end collisions. This occurs when the neck is violently extended due to a sudden impact. These injuries can lead to headaches, body pain, neck stiffness, and a host of other lingering side effects. Contusions, lacerations, and head trauma can also occur depending on the speed and severity of the collision.
Who Is Legally Liable in a Rear End Collision?
Determining who is at fault in a rear end collision can be challenging. It’s important that all evidence in a case be considered to figure out what happened, why it happened, and who is responsible. If you or a loved one was injured in a rear end collision, we can discuss the incident with you and let you know if you have a personal injury lawsuit worth pursuing.
Contact Saunders Law Group
For more information about your legal options following a catastrophic collision, be sure to contact the accident attorneys at Saunders Law Group. We are here to help you in your time of legal need.
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