Causes of Rear End Accidents

Rear End Motor Vehicle Accidents

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 28% of all car accidents are rear end collisions, making them the most common type of car accident. A rear end accident typically occurs when a lead driver is stopped or quickly decelerates and a following driver approaches from behind with not enough time and/or distance to stop the motor vehicle, resulting in a crash.

Some common causes of rear end accidents include but are not limited to:

  • Distracted drivers – talking or texting on a cell phone, applying make-up, playing with the stereo, eating or drinking food; anything that takes your eyes off the road can cause a lack of attentiveness.
  • Excessive speed – Speeding or driving too fast for traffic conditions shortens the amount of time available to respond to conditions ahead, as well as requiring more time to slow the vehicle to a stop.
  • Driving while under the influence of alcohol or narcotics – This is illegal for a reason!
  • Reckless or aggressive driving – Reckless or aggressive driving can cause issues where none would have existed otherwise.
  • Tailgating – Tailgating cause many rear end collisions. The shortened distance between vehicles does not allow adequate time to stop the vehicle. Further, vehicles that are moving slowly may be lost, looking to stop or to turn, so tail gating them is always a bad idea.
  • Failure to abide by traffic laws – Wanted to run a yellow light when the car in front is looking to stop, being anxious at stop signs, or blowing through yield signs can cause rear end collisions.
  • Texting and driving – Really a subdivision of distracted driving, texting and driving is causing so many accidents it is worth mentioning twice!
  • Bad weather conditions – snow, ice, rain and leaves can cause tire slippage, making stopping take much more time and distance.
  • Loss of visibility – rainy and foggy conditions may greatly hinder your sight distance, making it harder or impossible to see brake lights and stopped vehicles.

Rear end accidents can cause many type of injuries. Some injuries may be severe, causing long hospital stays along with huge medical bills, loss of income and sometimes even permanent disability, among other injuries. If you or a loved one was injured in a rear end accident by the negligence or recklessness of another driver, Contact us today for a free consultation.