Rear-end collisions are one of the most frequent vehicular accidents.  Many of these are the result of distracted driving. They usually happen when a vehicle is stopped and the vehicle behind crashes into it. These crashes often happen when there are no conditions that would contribute to them, like icy roads.

Common Causes of Rear-End Collisions

While the weather may be the reason some of these accidents happen, most reasons have more to do with the driver. Sometimes there may be a mechanical failure in the vehicle; if the brakes aren’t working properly or if they fail, it could cause a rear-end collision. Other situations leading to a crash include:

  • Distracted driving

  • Driving to close to the car in front

  • Aggressive or reckless driving

  • Speeding

  • Driving while fatigued

As you can see, a great deal of these collisions could be eliminated if all drivers took the time to pay more attention to the road and did not participate in behaviors that could lead to an accident.

Avoiding Rear-End Collisions

Responsible drivers can avoid causing rear-end collisions by being aware of their surroundings and monitoring their own driving habits. It’s more difficult to avoid being hit by someone unless you see them coming in your rearview mirror and have time to get out of the way. Here are some tips to keep you from causing a collision:

  • Pay attention to the road. Distracted driving is the cause of many collisions, rear-end and otherwise. Eating while driving, putting on makeup, shaving, reading, even looking at passing scenery are all activities that take your eyes away from where they should be.

  • Don’t text or use your mobile devices while driving. It’s illegal to text and drive in Florida. This form of distracted driving is one of the major causes of crashes.

  • Get enough rest before you take the wheel. Fatigued driving has been shown to be just as hazardous as drunk driving. If you’re on the road for hours and getting tired, pull off and rest up. Don’t start a trip when you are too tired to drive.

  • Be polite on the road. If you know you are prone to bouts of road rage, seek help. Aggressive and reckless driving gets people hurt.

  • Keep your car in good condition. Have your brakes checked regularly and make sure they are in good working order.

  • Stay within the speed limit. Sometimes it can be difficult to tell if the car ahead of you has stopped. You need enough braking time for unexpected situations.

Many rear-end collisions result in minor injuries, though there have been fatalities associated with these types of crashes. Being involved in a collision and suffering an injury can have a very negative impact on your life. We specialize in personal injury law at Frohlich, Gordon, & Beason, P.A., law offices. We serve the southwest Florida area through our offices located in Englewood, North Port, and Port Charlotte. If you or a loved one has a personal injury case and would like a free consultation, contact us. We are the lawyers who care.