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Common causes of rear-end collisions

On Behalf of | Jan 26, 2024 | PERSONAL INJURY (PLAINTIFF) - Car Accidents |

Road traffic collisions occur in various forms. One of the more common types of crashes is rear-end collisions. These happen when a car fails to stop and runs into the back of another vehicle. 

Rear-end collisions are notorious for causing serious injuries because the driver in front is usually caught unawares. How do rear-end collisions happen? 


Studies indicate that distractions are the leading cause of rear-end collisions. Driving distractions come in numerous forms, but they all involve the driver not paying attention to the road. Cell phones are the most common distraction. Even if a driver takes a second to check a text message, this is enough time for a rear-end collision to happen. 


The recommended following distance between vehicles is three seconds. This allows the car behind to stop in time should they need to. Following a car within this three-second stopping distance is tailgating, and it is a common cause of rear-end collisions. Tailgating can be accidental or a form of aggressive driving. In any case, it’s a dangerous form of driving behavior that can result in road traffic collisions. 

Running red lights, drowsy driving and inexperience are other causes of rear-end collisions that warrant further consideration. All of these behaviors can be considered negligent. If you’ve been injured in a road traffic collision, you may be entitled to financial compensation. This will help cover your medical bills and lost wages. 

Seeking legal guidance will help you to establish whether or not another driver was negligent. If this was the case, you may have a valid personal injury claim.