Rear-end accidents are surprisingly common. In fact, they are the single most common type of traffic accident throughout both the state and the country. Over 85,000 rear-end collisions occurred on the streets of Illinois in 2014 alone. (1)
In fact, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) estimates that nearly half of all two-vehicle traffic accidents are rear-ended collisions. (2) Because these accidents are so common, it’s important to understand the nature of the problem and how to prevent injuries.
UNDERSTANDING REAR-END ACCIDENTS
A rear-end collision occurs when one vehicle collides directly into the back of the vehicle in front of it. Crashes often occur when:
1. Hard braking – the leading driver slams on his or her brakes too quickly
2. Hard acceleration – the following driver accelerates too quickly
3. Lack of attention – the following driver does not notice a slow-down of traffic
4. Tailgating – the following driver is driving too close
5. Unsafe driving for the road conditions – the following driver is driving too fast for the road condition such as wet, icy, damaged surface or other road hazards.
6. Poor visibility – the driver of the second vehicle is driving too fast when there is low visibility in conditions such as heavy rain, snow, fog, and low light.
7. Distracted driving – the driver of the second vehicle loses concentration through actions such as fatigue, texting while driving, putting on make-up, looking at their phone, alcohol, drug impairment, etc.
People who have been rear-ended in a car accident tend to suffer a variety of traumatic injuries. By far, the most common repercussion is whiplash. The term whiplash actually describes a diverse set of neck-related injuries. These can range from minor to severe. Whiplash typically results from a sudden jolting of the body. This occurs when a vehicle is hit from behind.
CAUSES OF THE TYPICAL REAR-END COLLISION
While any combination of factors can contribute to a crash, the NTSB singles out driver inattention as being worthy of particular note. According to one study, distracted driving was present in at least 87 percent of rear-end accidents. The failure of drivers to detect and respond to slowing traffic would, therefore, be a primary cause of such collisions2.
ASSIGNING BLAME AND UNDERSTANDING REAR-END COLLISION FAULT LAWS
In most cases, the driver that rear-ends another vehicle is at least partially at fault. That’s because there is an expectation that every driver will leave enough space between the vehicle in front to avoid a collision. However, if there has been negligence on the part of the leading car, at least part of the blame may fall on the driver of the rear-ended vehicle.
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Sources: 1. Illinois Department of Transportation. “2014 Illinois Crash Facts and Statistics.” Page 14.
2. National Transportation Safety Board. “The Use of Forward Collision Avoidance Systems to Prevent and Mitigate Rear-End Crashes.”