There are over 5 million road traffic collisions every year in the U.S. Most of these incidents are relatively minor but a significant number result in serious injuries and fatalities.
Among the more serious types of accidents are rear-end collisions. These occur when the car behind runs into the vehicle in front. Generally, the driver in front doesn’t see it coming, so they can suffer severe injuries ranging from whiplash to head trauma.
What are some of the more common causes of rear-end collisions?
Tailgating occurs when the vehicle behind is traveling too closely to the vehicle in front. Sometimes, this is accidental but tailgating is also a form of aggressive driving.
The recommended distance between vehicles is at least 3 seconds. This allows the vehicle behind to brake in time should they need to. If this recommended following distance is not kept, then a rear-end collision is very likely to occur.
2. Failure to adhere to traffic signals
Traffic signals are in place in congested areas to try and reduce the number of accidents, including rear-end collisions. Nonetheless, these safety measures only work when drivers adhere to them.
If a driver isn’t paying attention, they could miss a red light and subsequently hit the back of a vehicle that has stopped. That’s why it’s so important for drivers to limit distractions such as cell phones and other electronics.
If you’ve been rear-ended, chances are the other driver was at fault. You’re entitled to financial compensation for injuries caused by negligence. Seek legal guidance to discuss your options further.