Rear-end crashes are some of the most frustrating because it’s difficult to see them coming and most could be avoided. Rear-end crashes tend to happen because a driver is following another vehicle too closely or because they are distracted and don’t stop soon enough.
Rear-end crashes make up around 29% of all accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Why do they happen? Here are some of the most common causes.
Speeding is the first issue that could lead to a rear-end collision. When someone speeds, there is a chance that they could be going too fast to stop for slow or halted traffic. They may also not realize how quickly they’re coming up behind another vehicle and end up getting into a crash.
Weather can make rear-end collisions more likely in some cases. For example, a heavy rainstorm might make the roads slick and the risk of rear-end collisions higher.
Distractions are a common cause of most kinds of accidents. When a driver isn’t paying attention, they are more likely to hit others. Someone looking at a text or rubbernecking while looking out the window might not look forward quickly enough to stop before hitting the vehicle in front of them.
Finally, tailgating is a common cause of rear-end crashes. Tailgating is an issue because a driver doesn’t have enough space between their vehicle and the one in front of them. As a result, it ends up being difficult to stop if that vehicle suddenly puts on their brakes.
All of these actions can lead to rear-end collisions. To avoid a rear-end crash, the best things that drivers can do is to stop getting distracted and start paying attention to their speeds. If drivers give themselves more space, it’s also possible to reduce the risk of hitting another vehicle.
If you are hit by a driver who was tailgating you, speeding or distracted you may have serious injuries. It’s possible to seek compensation so that you can get the financial support you need while you go through your recovery.