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3 common causes of rear-end collisions 

On Behalf of | Jun 14, 2024 | Car Accidents

Millions of people in the U.S. are injured in car accidents every year. There are several different types of car crashes, and rear-end collisions are one of the more serious kinds. The reason rear-end collisions are so dangerous is that the driver in front typically does not see the crash coming. This means that they have no time to brace for impact. 

Rear-end collisions can cause severe injuries. What are some of the most common causes of this type of collision

1. Exceeding the speed limit 

Speed limits are in place for a reason. Vehicles traveling at high speeds have next to no chance of slowing down in time to avoid a hazard in front of them. When drivers ignore the speed limit, they pose a risk of rear-ending other road users. 

2. Distractions 

Cell phones are one of the most recognized forms of driving distraction. Nonetheless, passengers, animals, food and being lost in thought are also common forms of distractions. Any form of distraction reduces a driver’s reaction times. If a driver is distracted, then they are less likely to spot the vehicle in front of them. 

3. Aggressive driving 

Rear-end collisions may also occur due to tailgating. Tailgating is typically associated with aggressive driving, and it occurs when one vehicle purposely follows too closely. Whenever a driver does not stick to the recommended following distance of three seconds, they run the risk of causing a devastating rear-end collision. 

If you have been injured in a car crash, you may be entitled to personal injury compensation. In these types of cases, negligence is the key factor. Seeking legal guidance will help you to hold negligent road users to account.