Rear-End Collisions

“The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) came out with the following statistics:

  • 23% of crashes are run-off-road/ loss of control incidents.
  • 28% of crashes are rear-end collisions.
  • 9% of crashes were caused by band lane changes.

The reason why the NHTSA rolled out these numbers is to make the case that forward collision avoidance technologies like Electronic Stability Control (ESC), pre-braking systems, and sensors to detect vehicles should be standard for not only passenger vehicles but commercial trucks.”

More than a quarter of all collisions that happen in the United States every year are rear-end collisions.

Looking at Statistics

The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration has reported the statistics on rear-end collisions. While most people don’t necessarily consider these types of wrecks as very dangerous, they may be surprised by the numbers.

  • More than 2.5 million collisions a year are reported as rear-end crashes.
  • Around 20 percent of people who are involved in rear-end collisions deal with the pain and symptoms of whiplash.
  • Rear-end collisions are the most common types of traffic accidents every year.
  • The annual average of fatal rear-end collisions involving large trucks is almost 800.
  • Of the yearly rear-end collisions, 10,000 people suffered from injuries each year.

Many people think of rear-end collisions as just an annoyance. However, whiplash can lead to more than just pain right after the accident. In some cases, people deal with ongoing damage to their neck and back, including herniated discs and lifelong pain. Rear-end collisions can be much more dangerous than you may have realized.

Why They Occur

There are quite a few reasons why rear-end collisions occur. A big problem is that most people don’t fully understand how far they should stay behind another vehicle. If following too closely, a driver will not be able to stop a very heavy car before it hits the vehicle ahead.

Rear-end collisions can occur because of the following:

  • Drivers following too closely (tailgating).
  • Drivers who are distracted
  • Drivers in the lead who panic and slam on brakes.
  • Drivers who are dealing with reduced traction (slick roads, slick tires, etc.)

In many cases, the collision occurred as a combination of these things. For example, a driver in the rain should actually leave even more room between the vehicle ahead because it can be harder to stop when the roads are slick.

If the collisions include an imbalance in vehicle size, then the results could be more detrimental. For example, if a small passenger car were to rear-end a large tractor trailer truck, the car will not fare well. This doesn’t mean, though, that well-matched vehicle sizes will not result in damage or injury during the collisions of this type.

No matter the case, the damage could be as minor as a bent up bumper and as severe as ongoing medical problems for the driver who was rear-ended. Some collisions of this type are fatal as well.

If you have been the victim of a rear-end collision, then understand that you may have a right to compensation. That’s because someone is held liable for the accident even if the weather conditions were less than feasible. The person who hit you was not driving properly for the conditions. You will need the help of an experienced attorney, though, if you want to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. If you choose just any lawyer, you may not be happy with the outcome of your case.

Call the attorneys at Thompson Wedeking to receive your free case evaluation today.