Although motor vehicles usually have safety features that help absorb the impact from a rear-end collision, the crash forces can still cause severe injuries or death.
Insurance companies often try to defend their clients who rear-end other drivers by asserting that the accident victim is at fault or partially at fault for the rear-end collision. The most common causes of rear-end collisions are listed below.
Drunk Driving - Drunk drivers cause some of the most severe motor vehicle accidents. This is because drunk drivers tend to speed. According to theiacp.org, alcohol involvement is very common in drivers who cause speeding-related accidents. Alcohol slows down a driver's reflexes, which causes drunk drivers to misjudge distances and reduces a driver's ability to react. Drunk drivers also have impaired vision leading to an increased risk of causing an accident.
Distracted Driving - Occupants of a motor vehicle can create distractions for the at-fault driver in a rear-end collision. Distractions may include eating, smoking, using a cellphone, reading, and distractions caused by other passengers.
Tailgating - Tailgating is another common cause of rear-end collisions. Tailgating occurs when the driver in one car follows behind another car but doesn't provide enough safe distance between the vehicles. When drivers do not maintain a safe distance from the vehicle ahead, the amount of time and distance it takes to stop or avoid a collision is reduced.
Speeding - Speeding causes a lot of severe rear-end accidents with life-threatening injuries due to the increased impact forces. In many speeding-related rear-end collisions, the driver rear-ends the victim's vehicle at full speed.
In some car accidents, there could be other parties liable. For example, defective brakes could cause a driver's vehicle to not stop in time, leading to an accident. Speaking to an experienced accident attorney can help complete a full investigation on your potential case.
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