What should you know about rear-end accidents?

Getting answers to questions about rear-end collisions can help you understand your rights in a serious car accident. The following research regarding rear end accidents has provided some vital information.

How common are rear-end accidents?

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), rear-end accidents occur more frequently than any other type of car crash. Out of all different types of vehicle accidents across the country, 29% are rear-end collisions. They lead to a significant number of deaths and injuries.

When do rear-end crashes usually occur?

Most rear-end accidents occurred when a lead vehicle had stopped (approximately 59%), or when a lead vehicle had decelerated (22%).

Who is usually at fault in a rear-end collision?

Fault usually lies with the driving who is following the lead car. Due to lack of attention or distraction, the driver following the lead car doesn’t notice in time that the car has decelerated or stopped. NTSA listed the following distractions as the most common reasons for the crashes:

  • Cell phone use
  • Talking on cell phone
  • Eating food
  • Daydreaming

Is tailgating or following too closely a factor?

Generally, it is not. NHTSA’s report based on extensive studies indicated that most drivers maintained an adequate distance. Those drivers who followed more closely were still able to stop in time. Most drivers who were attentive could avoid an accident when the car ahead of them decelerated or stopped.

What age groups are more likely to experience a rear-end crash?

Drivers in the age range or 25 to 34 were almost twice as likely to be involved in a read-end crash as other age groups. Also, males in this age group were more likely to be in a crash than females.

How did weather conditions relate to read-end accidents?

Wet roads were more likely to result in this type of accident than dry roads. This was true despite the fact that most accidents occurred in clear weather conditions. Unfavorable weather conditions posed a greater risk of accident.

Do you have questions about rear-end collisions and your rights in an accident?

We can review the circumstances related to your rear-end accident and determine whether you have a case. To arrange a free consultation, contact the Law Office of John Fazzini. Call us at (631) 547-8989 or reach out to us through our contact form.