When you’re driving, you should focus all your attention on driving safely. Your hands are on the steering wheel, your eyes are on the road, and you’re mindful of the speed limit and the other cars. You’d probably expect the other drivers to use safe driving behaviors, too, but not everyone does this.
Sometimes, people are negligent drivers and accidents happen. But these kinds of accidents do a lot of harm. While there are about 1.7 million rear-end collisions per year in the U.S., approximately 500,000 people are injured.
A sudden rear-end collision can injure you and damage your car. You might have an injury that requires a lot of care and could keep you from working. But you don’t have to face these challenges on your own, Bowling Green Attorney Flora Templeton Stuart is on your side!
How Does a Rear-End Collision Happen?
Plenty of factors contribute to read-end collisions.
- Generally, there should be a four-second difference between you and the cars in your lane. If you’re tailgating someone, you’re not giving yourself any time to react to an emergency or quick stop.
- Disobeying Speed Limits. Speeding caused 9,557 deaths in 2015. You’re risking everyone’s lives when you speed. You don’t have control of the vehicle and require a lot of time to get to a full stop. If the car in front of you must stop immediately, you won’t have the time to stop and will most likely hit them.
- Quickly Changing Lanes or Turning. Drivers need to signal their turn, check the spaces around them, and then safely make their lane change or turn. Drivers who don’t use their signal or pull right in front of other cars are at risk for accidents and it’s their fault.
The fault usually lies with the driver who hit the car in the back, but there are some ways when the driver in front is at fault.
- The car in front of you quickly changes lanes but doesn’t give your car enough space.
- The car pulled out in front of you, but they were too close.
What’s a Chain Reaction Crash?
One of the worst kinds of rear-end collisions are the highway chain-reaction crashes. All it takes is one negligent driver to not pay attention, and they hit the car in front of them, which causes that car to hit the one in front of them, and it creates a destructive reaction chain of collisions.
It takes hours to get the highway running normally again, and now everyone involved in the crash is worrying about injuries and insurance.
What Kind of Injuries Can You Get from a Rear-End Collision?
Rear-end collisions can do a lot of damage. The impact of a collision can cause the following:
- Head/Brain Injury.
- Neck/Spine Injury.
If you’re ever in a car accident, see a doctor immediately. The shock of the crash could mask some symptoms, only to make the injury worse over time. Your insurance company might not give you all the compensation you need because you waited too long to get medical attention. Seeing a doctor as soon as possible will help you get on the path to recovery.
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