Rear End Collisions

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Legally reviewed by:

Erik Abrahamson, J.D. January 03, 2019

Rear End Collisions

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 Tampa personal injury attorney. Contact the trusted lawyers at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk online or call us at 1-800-538-4878 to schedule your free consultation.