All road traffic collisions have the potential to be serious. Nonetheless, rear-end collisions stand out because the driver in front usually has no idea that the collision is coming.
The causes of rear-end collisions are numerous, but several common factors often occur in this type of crash. Outlined below are some of the more common causes of rear-end collisions
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distractions are the leading cause of rear-end collisions. Distractions come in numerous forms and they can be cognitive, physical and visual.
The most notable type of driving distraction is cell phone use. Some studies indicate that improper cell phone use is present in 12% of all road traffic collisions. When a driver is looking at their phone, they are not paying attention to the vehicle in front of them, which significantly increases the risk of a rear-end collision.
Tailgating occurs when the driver to the rear breaches the recommended 3-second following distance. In other words, they follow a vehicle too closely. Sometimes, this is accidental but tailgating often stems from aggression. A tailgating driver simply cannot slow down in time should they need to, and a rear-end collision is almost inevitable in these circumstances.
Rear-end collisions can also stem from other negligent driving behaviors such as speeding, ignoring traffic lights, and intoxication. If you have been injured by any of the aforementioned behaviors, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Seek legal guidance to find out more about your personal injury claim options.