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What causes rear-end collisions 

On Behalf of | Apr 22, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Any type of car accident can result in serious injuries. However, when drivers receive advanced warning, they are often able to move out of the way of a hazard and avoid a crash. With rear-end collisions, this is typically not the case. In a rear-end collision, the vehicle that is hit is usually stationary, meaning that they cannot get out of the way. Drivers and passengers tend to be unable to brace themselves for impact, meaning that injuries can be more serious. 

What are some of the most common causes of rear-end collisions

Improper stopping distances 

The recommended safe stopping distance is at at least three seconds. In some cases, such as during adverse weather conditions, a longer stopping distance may be necessary. If a driver disregards this safety advice, they are at a high risk of running into the vehicle in front. 

Following a vehicle too closely is often referred to as tailgating, and it is responsible for numerous rear-end collisions every day in the U.S. 

Distracted driving

Sometimes, a driver may not purposely disregard safety advice or break traffic laws, but they may be distracted. Some of the most common types of distractions include talking on a cell phone, changing the music in the vehicle, having an argument with a passenger and any other activity that takes the driver’s attention away from the road. A distracted driver may fail to slow down in time if traffic comes to a stop, resulting in a rear-end collision. 

If you have been rear-ended, the other driver was likely at fault. A personal injury claim can provide you with compensation to cover your expenses and medical bills.