Rear-end collisions are among the most common types of car accidents, especially during heavy traffic. While most of these accidents are considered fender benders and may seem less dangerous, rear-end crashes can cause serious injuries such as fractures, head injuries, back injuries, nerve damage, whiplash and internal bleeding.
Here are some of the common driving habits that may cause rear-end collisions.
1. Distracted driving
Most car crashes involve some degree of driver distraction. Unfortunately, many things can interrupt a driver’s attention on the road. This can include texting, flipping through radio stations, checking e-mail or eating while driving. As a result, a distracted driver may not be able to react in time to avoid a rear-end collision.
2. Driver error
Sometimes, drivers make mistakes that would lead to rear-end accidents. For instance, a driver’s foot may slip on the gas pedal, which may result in them accelerating instead of hitting the brakes to slow down.
One reckless driving habit that may cause a rear-end crash is tailgating. When a driver follows the car ahead too closely, they may have less time to react and prevent a rear-end collision. This is especially true if the car they’re tailgating slows down or stops suddenly.
Speeding shortens the stopping distance of a car and reduces a driver’s reaction time, which increases the likelihood of a crash. A speeding driver can cause a serious rear-end accident because of the force of impact. This may lead to serious injuries to people in both cars involved in the crash.
What should you do after a rear-end collision?
When involved in a rear-end collision, you may sustain serious injuries. Fortunately, if you or a loved one sustains injuries after a rear-end crash, you may seek compensation for lost wages, pain and suffering, medical expenses and emotional anguish, among others.