A traffic accident where a vehicle crashes into the vehicle in front of it is known as a rear-end accident. This type of accident happens every day all over the world. It can happen in a busy urban setting or a rural area. Some rear-end accidents are entirely unavoidable but many can be prevented by simply following safe driving habits. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an estimated 40 percent of all car accidents car accidents that takes place are rear-end accidents.
Causes of a rear-end accident
Some of the most common causes of a rear-end accident are:
Distracted driving: People who are texting while driving or who are looking at their phones are more likely to cause a rear-end accident. Distractions such as reading, eating, drinking, adjusting the radio, turning to talk to a passenger can cause a rear-end crash.
Tailgating: Following a vehicle too closely is dangerous and can often cause a rear-end accident.
Speeding: Driving above a reasonable speed limit for the traffic and the roadway condition, may cause a rear-end accident. A rear-end collision takes place when a driver crashes into the vehicle in front of it because he or she is unable to slow down in time.
Alcohol and drugs: An impaired driver is more likely to cause a rear-end accident. A driver under the influence tends to make more riskier choices, speed, change lanes without looking and drift from their lane of traffic.
Who is at fault in a rear-end accident?
Determining fault in a rear-end accident is a challenging task. Fault is generally determined by the condition of the accident. If a vehicle hits another vehicle from behind, in general, it is the fault of the tailing driver. A driver should follow other vehicles at a safe following distance. For this reason, if a tailing driver is not able to stop in time and hits the vehicle in front of it, the driver was not driving safely.
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