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What Are The Common Causes Of Rear-End Collisions?

Rear-end collisions are the most common type of automobile accidents. There are many causes of this type of accident. Usually, it is inattentiveness that results in a motorist not being able to stop in time to avoid a collision. The driver may become distracted or not realize that traffic ahead is stopping or slowing down. Many times, speed is a factor. Following too closely also contributes to a substantial number of accidents. Occasionally, brake failure causes a collision. In that case, the theory of negligence is a failure to maintain the vehicle in a reasonably safe condition.

According to the National Safety Council and the National Highway Traffic and Safety Association (NHTSA), there are over 2.5 million rear-end crashes each year. A high percentage of the drivers causing rear-end collisions are between the ages of 18 and 24.

Common Causes

Rear-end accidents are some of the most common types of crashes that are filed with insurance companies today. Some are minor incidents; others are serious wrecks where people are seriously hurt or killed.

Research done by the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration, among others, confirms that most rear-end accidents happen because of certain dangers. Things that happen again and again; these include:

  1. Tailgating
  2. Driver inattention or distraction
  3. Driver intoxication
  4. Weather conditions
  5. Road defects
  6. Children or animals that run into the path of traffic
  7. Pedestrians jaywalking
  8. Construction zones
  9. Faulty brake lights or lights that fail to work
  10. Vehicle breakdowns

Each accident will need to be evaluated on its own merits to determine what driver was to blame for causing the rear end crash. Please contact Kovar Law Group today for a free consultation and case evaluation. In our follow up blog post, we will discuss how to determine fault in a rear-end collision.

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