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Six Factors That Can Lead to Rear-End Crashes

Posted on in Motor Vehicle Accidents

Knoxville car crash injury lawyerDrivers who do not use caution, maintain a safe distance, or brake in time are at risk of causing a rear-end collision. In most cases, the driver who hit the other vehicle from behind is at fault. If you are the car in front, rear-end collisions are almost impossible to avoid, and can lead to severe and lasting injuries.

If you have been rear-ended by another driver, an experienced car accident attorney can help you pursue compensation. We have successfully secured damages for clients for injuries caused in rear-end accidents in previous cases.

Leading Causes of Rear End Accidents

A rear-end collision does not need to be at a high speed to cause damage to a vehicle as well as injuries to the driver and passengers. Any one or a combination of these factors could be the cause of a rear-end accident:

  • Tailgating – Following a car too closely and not allowing enough room to unexpectedly brake is a very common cause of rear-end crashes.
  • Speeding – The faster a car is going, the longer it will need to stop, even if the driver is paying close attention to road conditions and the vehicles in front of them.
  • Driving under the influence - Alcohol and drugs can slow down your response time and depth perception, both factors when attempting to avoid hitting a car from behind.
  • Distracted driving – Checking a text message, changing the radio, or responding to the kids in the back seat can all take a driver’s attention away from the road for a split second and prevent them from seeing the car stopped in front of them.
  • Poor vehicle maintenance – If a driver tries to stop their vehicle too quickly with worn tires or old brakes, there is a good chance they will not be able to stop in time to avoid a crash.
  • Hazardous conditions – Slick roads due to rain, snow, or ice as well as low visibility due to fog or heavy rain or snow can all contribute to rear-end collisions.

Injuries to the head, neck, and spinal cord are common to the driver and passengers of the vehicle that was hit. Whiplash is tissue damage to head and neck muscles. It can immediately be apparent, or symptoms may appear later after your adrenaline rush has subsided. Concussions, which occur when the brain is jostled suddenly and forcefully inside the head, are also possible. If the occupants of the car tried to brace themselves before the collision, hand and arm injuries can be caused when a car is hit from behind.

Contact a Knoxville Rear-End Accident Injury Lawyer

If you have been injured in a rear-end accident on the highway or a local road, contact a Knox County car accident attorney at The Law Office of William F. Evans. We know the physical pain of a car accident and can help you seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. To schedule a free consultation and learn more about how we can help with your case, call 423-449-7980.

 

Source:

https://www.nhtsa.gov/sites/nhtsa.gov/files/analyses20of20rear-end20crashes20and20near-crashes20dot20hs2081020846.pdf

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