Rear End Collisions - 40% of All Car Crashes
A good day can turn into a bad one very quickly from the wrongdoing of another driver. A rear-end collision is a traffic accident wherein a vehicle (truck, car, semi) crashes into the vehicle in front of it. As a personal injury law firm we have several clients that come to us for help after being a victim in a rear-end collision. The most common incident our clients face is when turning on a 2 lane road or highway having to yield to oncoming traffic.
As our client waits to turn they are rear-ended by another vehicle. According to the NHTSA, out of the 6 million car accidents that happen on U.S. roads every year, over 40% of them (2.5 million) are rear-end collisions. They also found that 87% of rear-end collisions happened because the driver wasn’t paying attention to the road.
What are the most common causes of rear-end collisions?
- Aggressive or reckless driving
- Texting or on the phone while driving
- Driver fatigue
- Failure to follow the rules of the road
The most common type of injuries associated with rear-end collisions are those to the head and neck. The spine, muscles, and tendons brace for impact which produces damaging results. Whiplash injuries are by far the most common associated with rear-end traffic accidents. Many clients notice the vehicle behind them is not slowing down via their rear view mirror however don't know what to do.
Ways to prevent a rear-end collision:
- Check your mirrors often especially when you are slowing down or coming to a stop
- Look farther up the road to spot any traffic slowing down
- Always stay focused on driving
- As you slow to a stop, identify an escape route whether it be on the shoulder, sidewalk, or curb to get away from a charging vehicle
- Never hurry to a stop light or stop sign
- When stopping, leave two to three lengths between you and the car in front of you
- Leave more space between you and the vehicle in front.
If you have been injured in a car accident, you need an experienced car accident attorney to help. Sam C. Mitchell & Associates has had over 3,500 clients and has recovered over 100 million for their clients. Contact us for a free consultation.