Rear-end collisions are one of the most common types of collision. Approximately 1.7 million rear-end collisions occur on U.S. highways each year. Many people equate rear-end collisions with fender benders and don’t give them much thought. However, about 17,000 people die each year in rear-end crashes, and 500,000 people are injured.
Causes of Rear End Collisions
Most rear-end collisions are the result of inattentiveness on the part of the driver in the back. Contributing factors to these collisions include:
- Distracted driving—this is a significant cause of rear-end accidents. Drivers who are on their phones or take their eyes off the road are less able to respond to a braking driver in front of them.
- Tailgating—drivers who tailgate significantly reduce the distance they allow themselves for stopping their vehicles. Tailgating also reduces a driver’s perception and reaction time.
- Driver impairment—impaired drivers are less able to react quickly to braking vehicles and may have trouble with depth perception.
- Weather and roadway conditions—this can lead to cars skidding or not stopping as soon as they should.
- Vehicle condition—worn tires or brakes can lead to problems stopping a vehicle.
Injuries Caused by Rear End Collisions
Rear end collisions can lead to life-altering severe injuries. Some common injuries caused by rear-end collisions include:
- Whiplash—the most common injury from rear-end collisions, it is caused by violent, sudden movement of the neck and head.
- Back injuries—the force of a crash can exert extraordinary pressure on the vertebrae.
- Airbag injuries—when airbags deploy as the result of a collision they can cause burns and facial injuries.
- Head injuries—even if an airbag deploys, head injuries can still result from serious crashes. Anything from a mild concussion to traumatic brain injury can result from a rear end collision.
Avoiding Rear End Collisions
While you often don’t have a great deal of control when you’re struck from behind, there are some steps you can take to avoid a rear-end collision:
- Always pay careful attention to the vehicles in front of you
- Check your mirrors and be aware of what’s around you
- Don’t drive distracted
- Always look for an escape route as you prepare to stop in case the vehicle behind you doesn’t stop
- Stop your vehicle smoothly
- Make sure your brake lights are working properly
Contact a Trusted Attorney
If you’ve been injured in a rear-end collision, you should consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. Contact the trusted lawyers at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk online or call us at 1-800-753-5203 to schedule your free consultation.