Every year, approximately 1.7 million rear-end collisions occur on U.S. roadways. They are one of the most common types of car accidents. Some people think of rear-end collisions as consisting of minor fender benders, but thousands of people every year sustain serious injuries in rear-end collisions.
Common Causes of Rear-end Collisions
There are a number of different factors that can contribute to a rear-end collision, including:
- Distracted driving—most rear-end collisions are the result of driver inattentiveness. Drivers who are using their phones or programming their navigation systems are not paying attention to the road in front of them. If a vehicle in front slows down or makes a sudden stop, a collision is likely to occur.
- Tailgating—following a vehicle too closely can also result in collisions. It’s important to leave ample stopping distance between you and the car in front of you. When someone is tailgating, their perception and reaction time is negatively affected.
- Impaired driving—drivers who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs are not able to react properly to the actions of the drivers in front of them. This can lead to serious injuries.
- Weather and road conditions—slick or icy roads and debris left in the roadway can make it difficult to stop in time to avoid a collision.
- Vehicle defects or poor maintenance—issues with a vehicle’s tires or brakes can cause a collision
Injuries Resulting from Rear-end Collisions
Some rear-end collisions can result in serious injuries. Whiplash is the most common injury found in a rear-end collision. Whiplash is a neck injury that occurs when the neck is moved forcefully back and forth. Victims of whiplash can experience extreme pain and mobility issues. Other injuries that can result from such collisions include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Back injuries
- Bone fractures
- Internal organ damage
- Burns caused by airbag deployment
- Facial injuries
Contact a Florida Accident Attorney
If you’ve been seriously injured in a collision, you may want the help of an experienced accident attorney. Gregg Goldfarb has been helping accident victims for over 20 years. Contact us online or call us at 305-374-7000 to schedule a free consultation.