Rear-End Collision Statistics
Rear-end crashes tend to be quite common and also quite dangerous. The very nature of these accidents means that while one car is speeding towards the other one, the stationary one has minimal opportunity to move out of the way or prepare for the impact. Studies have revealed that almost one-third of all traffic accidents are rear-end crashes that result in serious injuries. Also, these accidents are responsible for more than 7 percent of traffic-related deaths.
Rear-end collisions are usually caused by distracted or negligent driving. And although the evidence would suggest that the speeding car is typically the responsible party in these accidents, this is not always the case.
Common Scenarios of Rear-End Collisions
Drivers should follow the rules of the road and exercise sound judgment when others are around. So, it is not surprising that the driver who rear-ends another ends up being responsible for the crash, such as when:
- A driver is slowing down for upcoming traffic, and the driver behind them is not paying attention to the situation and slams into the car in front.
- A driver slows down when activating their turn signal, and the driver behind them fails to stop.
- A driver decides to speed through an intersection but the car ahead stops or slows down.
- A driver accelerates too aggresively at a green light and crashes into the car ahead of them.
In all of the situations described above, the driver behind is at fault. In other scenarios, both drivers may share the blame. This happens when:
- The car in front suddenly hits the brakes for no apparent reason.
- The car in front suddenly engages reverse gear while in a traffic lane.
- The brake lights in the front car do not work.
Common Injuries in Rear-End Collisions
These are among the most common injuries present in rear-end collisions:
Whiplash – This common neck injury happens when the head whips back in a sudden motion. It affects not only the neck but also the shoulders and upper back.
Soft tissue injuries – Sprains and strains of muscles and tendons; these injuries are notoriously hard to quantify and to prove.
Traumatic brain injuries – In some cases, the whiplash is so intense that the head bounces against the steering wheel or even the front window. This can cause injuries that may take years to heal or even become permanent.
How We Can Help
The experienced accident attorneys at Kirakosian Law APC have dealt with many rear-end collisions and will listen to your case with respect and compassion. When you schedule your initial consultation with our team, we will help you fight for your rights every step of the way.
Kirakosian Law APC has the lawyer you need to help you with your medical expenses, lost wages, damaged property, and pain and suffering. We will gather all the necessary evidence to build a strong case, bring in expert witnesses when needed, and always fight on your behalf. We work on a contingency basis, so there are no out-of-pocket costs to you. Give us a call today.