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The Dangers of Rear End Auto Accidents

By Will Ferguson on March 30, 2017

A rear end auto accidentThe team at Will Ferguson & Associates has helped countless people in and around Albuquerque who have been seriously injured in auto accidents by negligent drivers. Some of the most common kinds of auto accidents are rear end collisions.

Rear end auto accidents refer to instances in which the back of a vehicle is struck by another vehicle. These kinds of collisions can occur anywhere, at low speed or at high speeds. While backing out of a parking space, a driver may accidentally collide with another vehicle passing by. At a stop sign, you may be struck from behind by another motorist who does not brake in time. On the highway, you might be hit by a driver who's following you too closely.

Statistics on Rear End Auto Accidents

As you can imagine given just some of the examples above, rear end auto accidents are quite common.

According to numbers from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are 6 million auto collisions in the United States each year. Of that total number, roughly 2.5 million accidents are rear end auto collisions. That makes up approximately 40 percent of all motor vehicle accidents.

Common Causes of Rear End Auto Accidents

Some common causes of rear end auto accidents include:

  • Speeding – If you drive too fast, there's a greater likelihood of collisions with those in front of you.

  • Tailgating – People who follow vehicles too closely are far more likely to collide with those driving in front of them, especially at higher speeds when it takes more distance and time to slow down.

  • Texting While Driving – If you text while driving, you take your eyes off the road for seconds at a time. At highway speeds, your can travel the length of a football field in just a few seconds.

  • Driver Distraction – In addition to texting while driving, attention may be diverted from the road by eating, checking hair or makeup in the mirror, reading, or reaching for objects that are inconveniently located.

  • Blind Spots – When backing out of a space, you may not see an oncoming vehicle, which is why it's so important to check your blind spots.

  • Brake Problems – Faulty brakes or brake components could make stopping more dangerous than it ought to be.

  • Tire Problems – When your tires have poor traction, it can lead to major problems with slowing down and maintaining control, especially at higher speeds.

  • Poor Weather Conditions – Rain and ice can make roads slippery and collisions, especially rear end accidents, more likely.

  • Poor Road Conditions – When there's grit and gravel on the road, your vehicle may skid while you're trying to come to a stop.

Potential Injuries from Rear End Auto Accidents

Rear end auto accidents can cause serious harm no matter what speed. At high speeds, broken bones, spinal cord injuries, damage to internal injuries, head trauma, and other major injuries may occur. At low speeds, it's possible for neck injuries such as whiplash to occur. The dangers are even higher for elderly accident victims.

Contact Will Ferguson & Associates

For more information about your legal rights and options following a serious motor vehicle collision, be sure to contact our team of personal injury lawyers today. The team at Will Ferguson & Associates is here to help you in your time of legal need.

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