Common Causes of Rear End Collisions

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30th Jan 2015

Some of the more common causes of rear end auto accidents include:

Inattentive Driving – Always keep your eyes focused on surrounding traffic and road conditions. Check your rearview mirrors frequently to access the location of other vehicles. Always assume the other drivers are not aware of their driving pattern, and drive defensively. .
Speeding – Watch your speed as well as being aware of the speed of other drivers. When a driver is traveling faster than the posted speed limit, the likelihood of a rear end collision increases.
Distracted Driving – Be cautious and alert when using the radio or reaching for something in the car. If possible don’t use your phone while driving, or use hands free telecommunications so you can keep your eyes and attention on the road. If you need to make a call, pull over to the shoulder of the road in a safe manner to complete your call.
Texting While Driving – DO NOT text and drive! Studies show texting and driving is more dangerous that driving while impaired. A significant number of rear end collisions are the result of motorists texting while they are behind the wheel. This kind of dangerous practice needs to stop. Never text while driving.
Driver Fatigue – If you are tired, sleepy or inattentive, pull over and rest. Fatigued drivers are more likely to be involved in a rear end collision than a rested driver.
Drunk Driving – Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (prescription or otherwise) is never a good idea. Impaired driving increases the chances of a rear end accident and it also places you and many others on the road at risk. Never drink and drive.
Equipment Malfunctions/Defects – Sometimes a motorist is driving safely but his or her vehicle has not been properly maintained. Be sure to get your brakes checked regularly and perform regular vehicle maintenance.

Injuries That May Be Sustained During a Rear End Collision
Some injuries that may be sustained during a rear end collision include:
Head trauma/brain damage
Severe back/spinal cord injuries
Fractured bones
Internal organ injuries

What You Can Do to Avoid Rear End Collisions
The best thing that you can do while behind the wheel is to defensive driving and to abide by all traffic laws. Never drive while impaired, and make sure you are well rested and keep distractions (e.g., cell phones, electronic devices) at a minimum. Regular vehicle maintenance, as noted above, is also important for ensuring no accidental collisions as a result of mechanical errors or failure.

Holding Negligent Drivers Accountable
If negligence of any kind played a part in your auto accident, we will be sure to hold the responsible party accountable for this incident. This means seeking compensation for lost wages, injuries, damaged property, and other losses. We will be here for you in your time of legal need.

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