A Rear-end collision is the most common type of car accident. It happens when a vehicle hits the back end of another. They could be mild, but some are very serious, and this depends on what speed each person was going at the time.
Generally, it’s less serious to tap someone’s bumper at 10 mph because you couldn’t stop in time than if you were both going at highway speeds and suddenly slammed into the back of a stopped car.
Rear-end collisions happen whenever the front of a motor vehicle collides with the back end of another. Sometimes, there’s so much force caused that the impacted car strikes another, which leads to a chain reaction.
The force of such an impact could cause passengers and drivers to end up with severe injuries. For instance, the passenger’s or driver’s body might move back and forth very quickly, leading to a whiplash-style strain or sprain. It might also cause the victim’s body to strike the headrest, steering wheel, door frame, or window, causing a traumatic brain injury.
Usually, rear-end collisions are caused by:
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driving
- Texting while driving
- Using a hand-held device (cell phone) when driving
- Sudden stops and slowdowns
- Broken or defective taillights
- Not checking behind you when reversing
- Falling asleep at the wheel or fatigued driving
These rear-end crashes often lead to serious injuries, such as brain damage, facial injuries, herniated discs, and whiplash.
Most people automatically assume that the rear driver is to blame, but that’s not always the case. Motorists should be keeping a safe distance between their vehicle and the one in front. However, they could be unable to stop if the car in front stops suddenly or doesn’t have working taillights. Therefore, it’s best to work with an attorney to determine if you have a case.