Obstacles on the road are collision hazards that can cause a serious crash. Debris from a landslide, a fallen tree, or a large animal such as a deer are three such obstacles. However, too many motorists fail to appreciate that every car, motorcycle, and truck in front of them on the road are potential obstacles if they rapidly brake or come to a sudden stop. Traffic isn’t viewed that way because most of the time, it matches one’s speed. But that situation can change in an instant. Here are three common causes of rear-end collisions:
As stated previously, the road situation can rapidly change. That change usually requires braking and/or some maneuvering on the motorist’s part. Texting, cell phone use, and the countless other ways that people take their attention off the road can delay their awareness of the problem. A delay of just a few seconds can make it impossible to avoid a rear-end collision with a slowed or stopped vehicle.
Driving Too Fast When Visibility Is Limited
Highways and interstates that curve through blasted rock have limited forward visibility. Generally, the speed limits are adjusted to accommodate this. Motorists who ignore the speed limit are in danger of colliding into stop-and-go traffic that’s just out of sight around the corner. Some interstate exit ramps also have this visibility problem due to tree cover or blasted rock. Weather conditions such as thick fog or heavy rainfall will also reduce visibility.
The person who tailgates places his or her fate into the hands of the driver and other traffic ahead. The tailgater is often rushed and focused exclusively on getting past the car ahead. Not only is the tailgater not allowing sufficient following distance, but isn’t prepared to instantly react to sudden braking of the car in front. Some tailgaters may engage in distracting activities, which further increase their risk of a rear-end collision.
The victim of a rear-end collision can suffer from bone fractures, internal organ injury, and whiplash. If you were injured in a rear-end collision, don’t hesitate to get in touch with a lawyer to discuss your case. Contact us today for a free consultation.