Georgia Rear-End Collision FAQs by Montlick & Associates
What is the definition of a rear-end collision?
A rear-end crash occurs when the front of one vehicle strikes the back of another vehicle, which can occur even at a low rate of speed. For example, a vehicle is stopped at a red light and another vehicle behind it hits into it. These types of accidents can also occur at high speeds, which often happen on highways. In many of these accidents, people sustain injuries, even at low speeds.
What are the most common causes of rear-end crashes?
The most common causes of rear-end crashes are as follows:
- Speeding makes it more difficult to stop in time to avoid slamming into the vehicle in front of you. In other words, the vehicle is going too fast to safely stop his or her vehicle.
- Tailgating. A driver that follows too closely the vehicle in front of them is prone to being involved in a rear-end collision because they may not be able to stop in time to avoid hitting into the vehicle ahead.
- Changing lanes in an unsafe manner. This can cause a rear-end collision when a driver abruptly and unsafely changes lanes, causing another driver to hit into him or her from behind.
- Driving while impaired. Drugs and alcohol reduce a driver’s ability to stop in time due to decreased judgement caused by these impairing substances.
- Inclement weather. Sun glare, rain, fog and ice on the roadway can cause a driver to hit into the vehicle in front of it due to reduced visibility and/or slick road conditions.
What are the most common injuries sustained in a rear-end collision?
Injuries to the neck such as whiplash are common injuries sustained in rear-end collisions. According to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, one in five insurance claims arising out of rear-end collisions occur primarily due to neck injuries or whiplash. Other injuries include spinal cord damage, leg and knee injuries, lacerations to the face, and traumatic brain injuries.
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