One of the more common forms of car accidents, rear-end collisions occur when one car slams into the rear bumper of another. Despite being so common, a rear-end accident is not without its dangers.
These types of accidents can happen anywhere from a parking lot, to standstill traffic, to fast-moving highways. What determines the severity of rear-end collisions is the speed of the cars involved and the resulting impact. And though they may seem straightforward, with the driver in the rear being totally at fault, it is always best to contact an attorney.
What Causes Rear-End Collisions?
As with all types of collisions, rear-end collisions can be caused by a number of factors, both due to driver negligence and circumstance. Typically, they occur at stoplights when the driver in the rear has a lapse in attention and hasn’t realized that the car in front of them has slowed down or stopped. Other causes include:
• Falling asleep while driving
• Driving too fast for conditions
• Road rage
The majority of the time the responsibility falls on the driver in the rear; however, wrecks can be caused in part by the party in front slamming on their brakes to avoid obstacles or for no reason at all. When this occurs, determining who is at fault can get confusing and it is best to contact an experienced car accident and personal injury attorney.
Injuries Resulting from Rear-End Collisions
The relative sizes and speeds of the vehicles involved in the collision have a direct effect on the injuries sustained. For example, if two cars are driving down the road, going similar speeds, but the one in back accelerates too much and rear-ends the one in front, you can get a variety of results. You could end up with a dented bumper or a full spin-out.
Similarly, a rear-ending that occurs at a red light will have different outcomes if one of the vehicles involved is significantly larger than the other.
Some of the injuries possible from rear-end collisions include:
• Seatbelt burns and bruises
• Facial bruises and fractures
• Broken collarbone
• Internal bleeding
• Loss of teeth
• Broken jaw
Regardless of how severe your injuries seem at the time, it is important to seek medical and legal advice following an accident.
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