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4 things that cause rear-end accidents

On Behalf of | Aug 7, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

In theory, rear-end car accidents should not occur. The ”following” vehicle is always supposed to have enough space to stop in time to avoid an accident. Even if the car in front of them has to stop in an emergency, that vehicle should not be struck from behind.

Of course, we know that this happens every day. Below are four reasons why they continue to happen, even though they should be avoidable.

Impaired driving

In some cases, drivers are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, so they don’t react properly. Alcohol and many drugs can slow a driver’s response time.

Distracted driving

Drivers often get distracted by things like their phones, the radio, passengers in the car with them and any number of other things. A distracted driver is going to react more slowly than someone who is paying attention.

Short following distances

Some drivers do not keep a three-second following distance. It is usually much shorter than that, so they are constantly tailgating without realizing it. This routine behavior can lead to a crash eventually.

Not driving defensively

Drivers should also focus on defensive driving, which means strategically planning and anticipating the mistakes made by others on the road. If all drivers were focused and alert, they could be defensive drivers and avoid accidents.

Of course, you may attempt to be a defensive driver, and you may not make any mistakes yourself, but someone else could be negligent and injure you in an accident. If this happens, you have a right to compensation for medical bills and other expenses and damages.