There are a few different types of common motor vehicle accidents. One of the most common is a rear end collision. Usually, these accidents happen when one driver misjudges the distance needed to slow down. Sometimes, these collisions happen because a driver is not paying attention. Here, I will talk more about common causes of rear end accidents. This information will help you understand what to do if you have been in one.
There are many causes for rear end collisions. A few of the most common ones include:
- Poor depth perception on the part of the offending driver.
- Distraction of the driver from fiddling with the radio, being on the phone, talking to another passenger, daydreaming, etc.
- Poor weather conditions.
- Inability to determine how long it will take the driver to stop.
- A stop sign or stop light.
Fault In A Rear End Collision
A rear end collision is almost always the fault of the tailing driver. This is because they are responsible for hitting the other car. In most cases, this is an obvious rule of liability. Most insurance companies will not try to argue that the tailing driver is at fault. Rules of the road say that the tailing driver is at-fault for a collision, no matter what the cause of the stop was. You should keep this in mind if the defendant is trying to claim that you are at fault for the accident. The evidence that your car was hit will prove your innocence. In this situation, proving fault should not be a complicated matter.
Common Injuries in Rear End Collisions
In addition to damage to your vehicle, you might get injured in a rear end collision. One of the most common injuries from this type of collision is whiplash. Whiplash occurs when a person’s head remains in a fixed position while their body is jerked forward. This causes a person’s neck to become hyperextended. Whiplash can happen whether you are driving at a slow speed or a high speed. Whiplash can be very serious. It can cause a lot of neck, head, and back pain. Common symptoms include:
- Neck stiffness.
- Neck pain.
- Reduced range of motion.
- Blurred vision.
Sometimes, drivers who are in an accident don’t know that they are injured until days later. This can be the case with whiplash. You might not have any symptoms until hours or even days later. The best thing that you can do after an accident is pay attention to how you feel. If you start experiencing pain, you should take note of it immediately. You should also go see a doctor as soon as possible just in case you do have injuries.
Many times, rear end collisions are straightforward cases. The at-fault party will probably want to settle the case. You should talk to a lawyer to figure out the option that is best for you.