Causes for Rear-end Collisions
It is difficult to avoid getting hit from behind, even if you drive with extreme care.
Tailgating: Most states’ laws require drivers to follow safely behind other vehicles. A safe distance is considered about allowing yourself at least three seconds to stop abruptly. Longer time should be applied if driving conditions are wet or hazardous.
Driving under Distraction: Drivers can be distracted by different reasons while driving, which can cause a serious accident. Distractions could include putting on makeup, using a cell phone, or eating. Other distractions could be looking away from the road, talking to someone else in the car, or looking in the back while driving.
Driving under Influence: The use of drugs or alcohol can significantly compromise the reflexes or the time to react. So, it can be the reason of serious rear-end accident because the driver is not in his senses to judge the speed or distance accurately.
Weather conditions: Snow, ice, mud, rain, fog, or high winds can cause difficulty for the driver to see in front of the car. They may fail to stop at the accurate time or to keep the vehicle in their lane.
A sudden stop: A sudden stop can lead to rear-ending, but it may not always be the driver in front’s fault. Some valid reasons could cause a driver to stop abruptly. These could include trying not to hit an animal or child, an accident in front of them, police in front of them, or construction.