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Common Causes of Rear-End Crashes

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Have you ever been involved in a rear-end crash? If so, you’re not alone. Rear-end crashes account for 29% of all accidents and are one of the most common types of auto accidents.

These crashes can lead to whiplash, neck and back injuries, broken bones and other serious injuries, especially when high speeds are involved. Therefore, it’s important that you do your part to prevent them. Read on to learn more about the most common causes of rear-end accidents.

Tailgating

This is probably the most obvious reason why drivers end up in rear-end accidents. When drivers are in a hurry, they may follow too closely to the car in front of them. Then, when the car in front has to slam on their brakes, the driver behind them cannot slow down in time, causing a rear-end crash. It’s important to slow down and keep your distance between vehicles, as you never know when there may be an emergency.

Distractions

Distracted driving is a serious issue that leads to many crashes and fatalities. In fact, in 2018, it killed 2,841 Americans. When a driver is not paying attention to what is going on, they may not notice the vehicle in front of them and therefore crash into it. When you’re behind the wheel, make sure your hands, eyes and mind are all paying attention.

Weather Conditions

When there is rain, ice or snow on the roads, it may be harder to slow down. When driving in inclement weather, be sure to leave earlier and take your time. Speeding in these weather conditions can be dangerous and lead to rear-end crashes. Leave a greater distance between your vehicle and other vehicles.

Drunk Driving

Drunk driving can impact your judgment, which reduces your reaction times. When you’re intoxicated, you’re less likely to notice the actions of other vehicles. This means you are less able to slow down in an emergency. Stay alert on the road by avoiding driving when you’ve had alcohol to drink.

Fatigue

Driving while drowsy is an issue that is often overlooked. However, believe it or not, fatigue can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. When you’re overly tired, you are not as perceptive and alert. You’re not able to react as quickly. You may not be able to see that the vehicle in front of you has come to a stop, until it is too late. Try to avoid driving when you’re tired. If you get too tired, pull over and take a nap. 

Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer

It can be hard to avoid a rear-end crash, since you can’t always anticipate the actions of others. These crashes are common and can cause serious injuries.

If you have been a victim of any type of car accident, seek legal help from the Houston auto accident lawyers at The West Law Office, PLLC. We will assess your case and help you hold the liable party accountable for their actions. To schedule a free consultation, fill out the online form or call 281-347-3247.

Resources:

driversalert.com/common-causes-of-rear-end-collisions/

nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/distracted-driving#:~:text=Distracted%20driving%20is%20dangerous%2C%20claiming,us%20keep%20America’s%20roads%20safe.

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