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Statistically speaking, rear-end crashes are the most common of all vehicle collisions in the United States. A rear-end collision is essentially a collision in which one car hits the back of another. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, rear-end collisions account for almost a third of all car crashes throughout the country. These types of crashes, while rarely deadly, can still cause serious injuries and significant loss of property.
Rear-end crashes, while seemingly minor, often result in painful neck or back injuries. Injuries as a result of a rear end collision may not manifest themselves immediately, or in severe ways either. Often times, injuries from what at first seemed minor accidents may take days or even weeks before causing any adverse effects.
To quantify the effects of rear-end collisions in more tangible terms, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are 6 million car crashes a year, and out of that total number, 40% are of the rear-end variety. Another fact that comes courtesy of the NHTSA further puts things into perspective: a rear-end collision happens about every 8 seconds in the United States.
The immediate tendency in a rear-end collision is to blame the striking vehicle, but that isn’t always the case. There are a few considerations to keep in mind when determining liability in these cases:
In rear-end collisions, there is a chance the trailing driver will share partial liability, as all drivers have a duty to maintain a safe distance between themselves and the car in front of them. As a driver, you must allow enough space between you and the car in front of you, in case he or she needs to stop or slow down.
There are circumstances in which the driver who was hit may be held liable for the collision. In such cases, the driver who was hit could actually be found guilty of negligence. Below are a few examples of such negligence:
The simple and most effective thing to do is maintain a safe distance between you and the car in front of you. This rule applies whether you’re driving on the freeway, around the block, or down a winding mountain road.
Below is an easy method to make sure you’re following the vehicle in front of you at a safe distance. If you can count to three, you got it covered.
Sometimes three seconds isn’t enough, especially when road conditions are particularly poor. According to the DMV, it’s recommendable to follow the four second rule in the following circumstances:
It’s very annoying when another driver changes lanes suddenly without signalling or just stops all of a sudden, isn’t it? Don’t be that driver. Let everyone else know about your intentions. It’s courteous and it’s crucial to staying safe. For example:
If you have sustained injuries as a result of a rear-end collision, an attorney at our firm can help you recover financial compensation for the losses you have suffered, including medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Call us today at 213 927 3700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. to schedule a free consultation with our experienced, caring, and compassionate legal team.