Rear-end collisions are not always harmless fender-benders. A hard rear-end collision can cause serious or even disabling injuries. Head, neck, and arm injuries are very common in rear-end crashes. The damage does not need to look bad from the outside to be bad for the individuals inside the car. In a rear-end accident, the driver in front is often completely stopped, causing them to absorb the full force of the impact. There is also little the driver in front can do to avoid being rear-ended even if they do see the accident coming. This type of car accident is very preventable, and often the result of careless driving. If you have been injured in a rear-end collision, we may be able to help you recover compensation for your injuries.
Careless Driving Habits That Cause Rear-End Accidents
Every driver has a duty to use an appropriate level of caution to prevent accidents. Rear-end collisions are almost always caused by carelessness. Some common forms of negligence that cause rear-end accidents include:
Cell phone use - Far too many rear-end collisions happen because someone was texting or using their cell phone while driving instead of watching the road. A driver who is absorbed in whatever they are doing on their phone may not notice cars ahead of them slowing or stopping.
Not respecting weather - Current weather conditions must be accounted for. If it is raining, snowing, or icy, drivers should increase their following distance and start stopping much sooner. Drivers who fail to take weather into account are more prone to hydroplaning and hitting the car in front of them.
Speeding - If a driver is going too fast for the road they are on, they are much more prone to rear-ending a driver who is traveling at the appropriate speed. Rolling rear-end collisions, where the driver in front is not completely stopped, may occur if the driver in the back is not able to slow down in time to avoid them.
Intoxication - Intoxicated drivers are quite bad at estimating their stopping distance and quite prone to stopping only when they have hit another car from behind.
Dangerous road conditions - Rear-end accidents are sometimes the result of poorly designed roads. For example, if a stop sign is placed right around a curve or at the bottom of a hill, drivers may not realize they need to stop until it is far too late.
Injuries caused by rear-end collisions can be very serious or even life-altering. It is important to contact an attorney of your own before speaking with a car insurance company.
Call a Kane County Car Accident Attorney
Kinnally Flaherty Krentz Loran Hodge & Masur P.C. is committed to helping the injured victims of negligent drivers make a complete financial recovery. Our experienced Aurora car accident lawyers will handle your claim so that you can focus on healing. Contact us at 630-907-0909 for a free consultation.