A rear-end accident occurs when a driver collides with the vehicle in front of them from behind. These accidents typically happen at intersections with red lights, stop signs, or in congested traffic. While many rear-end accidents occur at low speeds, they can also occur at high speeds on highways and other fast-paced roads. Typically, rear-end accidents involve two cars, but they can trigger a chain reaction involving multiple vehicles.
Rear-end car accidents, also known as rear-enders or getting rear-ended, may be caused by a variety of factors. The most common cause is distracted driving, which occurs when a driver is not paying attention to the road ahead. This can happen when the driver is using their phone, eating, applying makeup, or engaged in any other activity that takes their attention away from driving.
In addition to distracted driving, other common causes of rear-end accidents include:
- Following too closely (tailgating).
- Driving under the influence of drugs.
- Drunk driving, DUI.
- Poorly maintained brakes or tires.
- Defective automotive parts.
- Fatigued driving.
- Failure to yield the right of way.
- Road rage and other forms of aggressive driving.
- “Brake-testing” or another type of sudden and unnecessary stop by the vehicle in front.
Injuries that often result from rear-end accidents include bruises, cuts, whiplash, and traumatic brain injuries. These injuries can become lifetime disabilities or lead to chronic pain. An experienced rear-end accident attorney understands this and will fight relentlessly to collect maximum compensation for their clients.