Rear-end collisions are one of the most common types of accidents drivers are involved in. In many cases, they are considered minor “fender benders” while other rear-end accidents, such as high-speed rear-end accidents, cause extensive vehicle damage and bodily injury, even death in some cases.
If you or someone you care about was recently injured in this type of car accident, speak with a Clearwater personal injury lawyer at Roman & Gaynor today so that we can provide you with legal options for recovering maximum financial compensation.
Rear-end accidents can create a “domino effect” or chain-reaction. If the force of impact is great enough, the impacted vehicle could propel forward and hit the vehicle in front of them, and so on. This is a common cause of multi-vehicle accidents, particularly when vehicles are traveling at high speeds.
This can also happen in some cases when multiple vehicles are stopped or are slowing down, but one vehicle is not paying attention to the change in traffic pattern and consequently rear-ends another vehicle, causing a chain reaction.
Examples of Rear-End Collisions
- Failing to notice a change in traffic- When drivers are distracted, they can fail to notice when traffic is changing. For example, if a driver continues to travel at 75mph when the rest of traffic on the interstate has significantly slowed due to traffic, they may not be able to brake in enough time to avoid rear-ending another vehicle.
- Driver distraction- Similar to failing to notice a change in traffic, texting while driving, talking on the phone and even things like eating can distract a driver enough to put them at risk for rear-ending another driver.
- Taillights out- If a driver is driving with one or both of their taillights out, they could be at-fault if another driver rear-ends them. Taillights are necessary to warn other drivers that the driver is braking.
- Backing out of a parking space- If a driver backs out of a parking space without looking, they could collide with a passing vehicle. This is not the typical scenario of a rear-end accident, but it does result in one of the vehicles sustaining rear-end damage.
After any type of rear-end motor vehicle collision, you may be suffering from injuries such as whiplash, fractures, concussion and the like. Passengers traveling in the back seats of vehicles that are rear-ended, particularly vans and other vehicles with a small trunk space, can suffer even more severe injuries.
Statistics on Driver Attributes and Rear-End Crash Involvement
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a study titled “Driver Attributes and Rear-End Crash Involvement Propensity” which lent valuable information on some of the major factors that contribute to these types of collisions.
Some of the notable results of the study include:
- Young drivers are most commonly the at-fault party in rear-end collisions. Primarily, the under-18 age group followed by the 18-24 age group.
- Drivers are statistically less likely to cause rear-end collisions as they get older, showing that rear-end accidents may primarily be an issue of inexperienced drivers.
- When drivers pass the age of 69, they are just as likely as young drivers to cause rear-end accidents, primarily due to the elderly persons’ decreased mental faculties and reaction time.
- Male drivers more commonly cause rear-end accidents than female drivers.
Car Accident Attorneys Serving Clearwater & Beyond
Roman & Gaynor understands what you’re going through after being involved in a rear-end collision. These types of car accidents can cause you to suffer physically, emotionally and financially. We are here to deal with the insurance company for you so that you don’t get cheated out of the money you deserve.
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