Common Causes of Rear-End Collisions

Common Causes of Rear-End Collisions

Rear-end collisions are among the most common types of car accidents. They occur when one driver’s car strikes the rear of the car ahead of it. In most cases, insurance companies (and the court system) generally determine that liability rests with the driver of the car that struck the forward car.

Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is a top cause of rear-end collisions. Despite widespread knowledge about the dangers of using one’s smartphone while driving (and in spite of laws prohibiting it), many drivers continue to text and chat while behind the wheel. However, it isn’t just smartphones that cause distracted driving. Drivers may be distracted by any of the following activities:

 Looking at car accidents or billboards
 Paying attention to fellow passengers, such as misbehaving children in the backseat
 Changing the radio station
 Eating, drinking, or doing personal hygiene tasks while driving

In some cases, drivers may simply allow their thoughts to wander. Whenever attention is taken off the road, there is the potential for a rear-end collision to occur.

Reckless Driving

Reckless driving is another major cause of rear-end collisions. Reckless driving behaviors include speeding, and failing to obey traffic signals and signs. Often, in the case of rear-end collisions, drivers follow the leading vehicle too closely. As a rule, drivers should always leave at least one car length of space for every 10 miles per hour (mph) between their car and the leading car. A car traveling at 50 mph should leave at least five car lengths of space.

Fatigued Driving

Millions of Americans have sleep disorders, and many of those individuals drive. This is frightening for anyone else who shares the road with them. Fatigued driving can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. A fatigued driver may be unable to stop in time when the leading car brakes, causing a rear-end collision.

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