Hazards can come in many forms when you are driving. The road in front of you could be uneven. An animal, vehicle or person could come suddenly into the road. Your own car may experience a flat tire or mechanical failure. However, some of the most dangerous accidents can be the result of other drivers’ failure to keep a safe distance from your vehicle.
While many people may think of rear-end collisions as minor fender-benders, these accidents can be very serious. Rear-end collisions are the cause of many serious injuries to the head and neck. What causes these dangerous accidents?
Tailgating is a common form of aggressive driving, and it leaves cars without enough space to stop if the car in front of them unexpectedly slows or stops. Vehicles need more than 100 feet to stop safely when going at highway speeds, and most rear-end collisions are the result of a failure to follow other vehicles at a safe distance.
Just as tailgating brings drivers too close to the vehicle in front of them, speeding can also make it difficult to follow at a safe distance. Speeding drivers—especially if they are not paying attention to the flow of traffic around them—can easily pull up to a vehicle too quickly and be unable to slow down before striking that other vehicle.
Distracted or fatigued driving
Another common issue faced by drivers is distracted driving. Whether the driver behind you is checking their phone, adjusting the radio or reaching for a food wrapper, anything that takes a driver’s eyes off the road can put you at risk. Drowsiness also limit their ability to focus on the road. Whatever the reason, distracted or fatigued drivers may fail to notice a car in front of them until it is too late to stop.
Rear-end collisions often occur when drivers are unable to stop in time. Brake failures can limit drivers’ ability to slow and stop their car effectively.
Whatever the cause of the accident, if you have been rear-ended by another driver it is important to contact the authorities immediately. They can document the scene of the collision and ensure that you receive the medical help you need.