Rear-End Collisions: Stats from the NHTSA
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that, in the United States, a rear end collision happens every 8 seconds. With an average of between 5.5 and 6.0 million accidents taking place each and every year—and more than 2.5 million of those being rear end collisions—it is no surprise that rear end collisions are the most common type of vehicle accident.
Rear-end accidents are also the cause of many serious injuries and fatalities. In an effort to develop more effective counter measures against these specific types of accidents, the NHTSA published an independent organization's study, which was done to learn more about rear end collisions and why they take place. According to the study, age and sex play a key role in whether a driver is more likely to be in the "striking role", or the "struck role", when it comes to a rear end collision.
Determining Cause & Liability in a Rear-End Accident
Each rear-end collision is different. To determine the exact cause of a specific rear end collision—and to able to clearly determine which party was at fault—there are a number of factors which must be considered.
Failure to Stop – The Car Behind Is Usually at Fault
Previous records show that the majority of rear end collisions occur when one car is stopped at a light, in traffic, at a stop sign, or for any other reason, and the car traveling behind them fails to stop in time, thus causing a collision with the rear end of the first car.
In the majority of cases, the law considers the driver who hit the car in front of him or her to be at fault. Drivers are required to follow the vehicle in front of them at a safe distance, allowing sufficient time to stop and prevent an accident. Common reasons drivers have failed to do this include:
- Driver distraction
- Attempting to switch lanes at an unsafe rate of speed
- Following too closely
- Attempting to run a light
Why You Need a Rhode Island Car Accident Lawyer
Not every case is black and white. In some instances, the driver who was hit from behind may actually be at fault for the accident. If a driver switches lanes illegally by cutting in front of another car, or a driver's brake lights do not work properly, it could leave the driver behind him or her with little to no room to stop a vehicle in time to avoid a collision.
Have you been involved in a rear end collision? If the answer is "yes," then we strongly advise you to contact an experienced Rhode Island personal injury attorney at D'Alessandro & Wright, LLC as soon as possible. Let us help you fight for the compensation you need and deserve!