Rear-end collisions are the most frequent type of car accident in the nation, so it’s essential to know how to prevent them and keep yourself safe.
According to the Washington Post, there are about 1.7 million rear-end collisions on U.S. roadways each year. Additionally, the Insurance Information Institute reported that these crashes made up over seven percent of total fatal crashes in 2019. Because of the aggressive nature of these accidents, even low-speed impacts can cause injuries.
Here’s everything you need to know about rear-end crashes and how to receive compensation if you find yourself in this situation.
What Happens in a Rear-End Accident?
A rear-end collision happens when one moving vehicle strikes another from behind. These accidents typically occur at a red light, stop sign, or during times of congested traffic. Most rear-endings happen at low speeds and involve two cars; however, they can easily cause a chain reaction encompassing other vehicles.
Common Causes of Rear-End Collisions
Various ways rear-end collisions commonly occur, such as:
- Tailgating – Following too closely inhibits the driver’s ability to stop suddenly. Many rear-endings happened because the rear driver was not maintaining a safe distance from the car ahead of them. The rule of thumb is to maintain at least a three-second following distance.
- Speeding – Speeding also inhibits the ability to stop abruptly. Speeding is particularly dangerous when it comes to rear-end accidents because the force of impact is more significant.
- Distracted driving – When a driver takes their eyes off the road for five seconds while driving at 55 miles per hour, they are essentially driving the entire length of a football field blindfolded. Anytime you take your eyes off the road, you put yourself at risk of hitting the car in front of you.
- Hazardous driving conditions – Serious conditions such as heavy rain, snow, fog, and ice can lead to more slippery roads causing drivers to lose control.
- Driver fatigue – Nodding off while driving is hazardous. Drowsiness can contribute to failures in judgment and result in rear-ending the car in front.
Common Injuries From Rear-End Collisions
The impact of a rear-end collision pushes your body forward, resulting in various injuries. Even though seatbelts and airbags help reduce movement upon impact, the sudden jolt back-and-forth can wreak havoc on a person’s body.
Here are a few of the most common injuries that rear-end accident victims face:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Back injuries
- Brain injuries
- Neck injuries
- Broken bones
Contact Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton for Legal Assistance
If you were involved in one or more rear-end collisions caused by a negligent driver, the accident lawyers at Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton can help you receive compensation for your damages. We have spent over 25 years assisting Utah citizens after motor vehicle accidents, so we are prepared to help you handle the aftermath and fight for your legal rights.
We have offices in Orem, Provo, Saratoga Springs, and West Jordan, Utah. Reach out today to speak to a personal injury lawyer who can help you get started.