Rear-End Car Accidents and Their Causes

Rear-End Car Accidents and Their Causes
Rear-End collisions are one of the most prolific automotive accidents, as it has been estimated that 40% of all wrecks involve a rear-end collision. As you can assume, there are a wide variety of accident types that can result in damage to the rear of one vehicle; by recognizing the cause of many of these accidents, you can help yourself to avoid colliding with another vehicle in a rear-end accident.

  • Driving Way Too Fast:  Driving fast is a very common instigator of accidents. Unfortunately many drivers do not obey the rules of the road including speed limits. One of the biggest problems with speeding is that the vehicle may become incredibly hard to stop or slow in case of an emergency. This can result in slamming into the back of another vehicle. Depending on how fast the party at fault was driving, you could suffer from severe injuries. If so, you will need to look into filing a claim to be reimbursed for any medical fees that are incurred by the accident. can provide you with plenty of information regarding these claims so that you can go into the claims process with a knowledgeable mind.
  • Following Too Closely: You should never follow a vehicle too closely in traffic, as you never know when they may need to stop quickly. If they have to stop and you are too close to them, you will wind up tailgating them and causing damage to both vehicles. Depending on how fast both vehicles are going at the time of the collision, there can be very severe injuries involved. Try to keep two to three car lengths’ worth of distance between your vehicle and the driver in front of you.


  • Neglect of Maintenance: If a vehicle is not cared for properly, certain mechanical features can become slow, defective, or stop working entirely. This can include your brakes. If your brakes are not taken care of, they will eventually go bad and have issues stopping the vehicle. At their worst, they can completely fail and cause a fatal accident. Never ignore issues with your brakes, as this action can result in the loss of life in a collision.
  • Lack of Attention:  When people are not paying attention to the road and the vehicles around them, they can quickly miss important events; whether this is a vehicle losing control, entering into their lane, or slamming their brakes to avoid something in front of them. When driving, always remember to ignore distractions or to pull over to deal with said distractions. If you are hit by an inattentive driver, you may need to seek the help of personal injury lawyers in order to prosecute the driver at fault for your injuries.
  • Bad Weather:  when the weather gets bad, such as snow, ice, or flooding rains, it can be nearly impossible to slow or stop your vehicle to avoid hitting another due to loss of traction. Try to avoid commuting in bad weather. Heavy weather will also lower your visibility, keeping you from seeing where you will be in 10-15 seconds.

Contributed by accident at work claims specialists First4Lawyers.