2 common causes of rear-end collisions

On Behalf of | May 12, 2024 | Car accidents

Road traffic collisions of any kind have the potential to result in severe injuries and fatalities. One type of accident that is especially dangerous is rear-end collisions.

Rear-end collisions occur when a vehicle to the rear collides with the car in front of it. These types of accidents are so dangerous because the driver in front usually doesn’t see the collision coming. Thus, they have no chance to brace themselves for impact. The following are some of the most common causes of this particular injurious scenario.

Failure to keep safe distances

The recommended following distance between vehicles is at least three seconds. This means that it should take three seconds for a vehicle to the rear to catch up with the one in front if it, if that vehicle was stopped. This three second following distance can and should be extended in unusual circumstances, such as if there is heavy rainfall. Failing to adhere to the recommended stopping distance is one of the leading causes of rear-end collisions.

Exceeding the speed limit

Speed limits are in place for a reason; to reduce the chances of accidents (as well as their severity, if they do occur). It takes a vehicle much longer to stop if they are exceeding the speed limit. In fact, for every 10 mph, it takes an extra 13 meters for a car to stop. A car traveling at high speeds is highly likely to cause a rear-end collision which injures or potentially kills the people in the vehicle that is struck.

If you have been rear-ended, then it is likely that the driver who struck you was being negligent. Personal injury compensation can help to cover your medical bills and other accident-related expenses. Seeking further legal guidance will give you a better idea of whether or not you have grounds upon which to file a valid claim.