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What really causes rear-end collisions?

by Dr Prem Community Writer

Shockingly, thousands of car accidents each year are classed as rear-ended collisions. They can happen in a wide variety of circumstances and in varying degrees of severity. From one car bumping into another in a parking lot, two cars tapping each other in a traffic jam and of course a high-speed crash into a stationary vehicle.

If you were involved in a rear-end collision then you’re likely to be injured and subsequently, have time off work. This is a concerning time for anyone who has bills to pay or is supporting a family with young children. As someone who is the victim of a rear-ended crash, you’re going to want answers, so here we’ve compiled the most common reasons behind rear-ended collisions.

1. Tailgating

Stuck behind a slow driver? In a rush to get to work? There are lots of reasons why people choose to tailgate, but that doesn’t make it right. In fact, it’s classed as aggressive driving and causes thousands of accidents each year. To avoid tailgating, drivers should keep a safe distance away from the car in front.

2. Drunk driving

Driving under the influence of alcohol

Driving whilst drunk is selfish. And it can cause death, injuries, damage to property and even time behind bars. Alcohol prohibits the driver’s ability to react in time and also makes smooth coordination extremely difficult, something you need if you want to drive a vehicle proficiently. Drivers with alcohol in their blood are more likely to hit the rear of another vehicle.

3. Driving whilst tired

None of us is getting enough sleep. And driving a vehicle whilst you’re struggling to keep your eyes open is likely to result in a rear-ended crash. Road conditions change quickly and all it takes for the driver in front of you to suddenly brake and you’ll be too drowsy to react in time.

4. Speeding

Speeding

Simply put, if you’re going too fast, you’re not going to have enough time to stop. So, if the driver in front suddenly slows down, or comes to a stop, then no matter how hard you slam on those brakes, you’re going to go into the back of their car.

5. Distracted driving

Drivers face a lot of distractions these days. From our smartphones going off, to talk and chatter on the radio, the kids in the backseat, not forgetting things happening all around us. You could be eating, applying makeup or on your phone whilst driving and end up crashing into the back of another vehicle.

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