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How dangerous are rear-end collisions?

On Behalf of | Nov 22, 2022 | Personal Injury |

The worst thing about a rear-end collision is that they seemingly come out of nowhere. You have your eyes focused forward, looking for hazards in your path, when you suddenly feel that sickening jolt and feel yourself snapped forward against your restraints, then back against your seat without any warning.

Statistically, according to data reported in 2019, rear-end collisions are responsible for 18.7% of all car wrecks in Kentucky and 8.7% of all vehicle-related fatalities.

What are the major causes of rear-end wrecks?

While there are all kinds of possibilities, some of the most common causes of rear-end collisions include:

  • Distracted driving: This is a major problem on our nation’s roads, and it’s only getting worse due to the prevalence of in-car technology that adds to the distractions drivers already face. Distracted drivers may not even see your brake lights go on as you stop for traffic, crashing into you.
  • Tailgating: Maybe the driver who was behind you was frustrated at you because you were only going the speed limit, or maybe they simply never learned the three-second rule when it comes to safe following distances. Either way, riding too close to your rear bumper is a sure recipe for a wreck.
  • Aggressive, angry drivers: “Road rage” is a real problem out there, and a driver who has had a bad day or a fight with their partner may take their anger out on you. In some cases, this has led to one driver intentionally ramming into another’s vehicle.
  • Rushed driving: A lot of rear-end collisions happen simply because life gets hectic, drivers get in a hurry and they take too many chances in their haste. This is particularly common during morning and afternoon commutes.

Is there anything you can do to prevent a rear-end collision?

You can take steps to minimize your risks. You can do things like make sure that your rear lights are working and the covers are clean, and you can occasionally glance in your rearview mirror to look for tailgaters. If you spot one, you can gracefully move to the right and let them pass.

Will that totally keep you safe from a rear-end collision? Absolutely not. Even the safest driver on the planet can fall victim to another driver’s mistakes. If that happens to you, find out what it takes to get fair compensation for your injuries and losses by obtaining experienced legal help right away.