Between 1.15 and 2.5 million rear-end collisions take place on U.S. roadways each year, according to federal transportation safety regulators. Although rear-end collisions can happen anywhere at any time, they are most likely to occur in areas with converging traffic and regularly changing traffic conditions, such as intersections, parking lots, etc.
Taking a closer look at the causes and consequences of rear-end collisions, below, we have presented some of the more notable facts about these types of traffic accidents.
Rear-End Collisions: A Look at the Incidence, Causes & Impacts
Rear-end collisions are one of the most common types of traffic accident – In fact, regulators estimate that between 28 and 40 percent of all traffic crashes that occur in the nation each year are rear-end collisions.1
- Young male motorists are those who are most likely to cause rear-end collisions – As researchers have found, the drivers who are most likely to rear end other motorists on the road are those who are younger than 18 years old and who are male. The next most likely group of drivers to be at fault for rear-end collisions are those between 18 and 24 years old, as well as those who are 70 and older.
In contrast, motorists between the ages of 25 and 69 tend to have the lowest propensity to cause rear-end collisions, researchers have found.
- At higher speeds, rear-end collisions can be devastating – Although many rear-end collisions are often minor traffic accidents that only result in property damage and minimal injuries, when these accidents involve the striking vehicle traveling at faster speeds, the impacts can be far more serious – if not catastrophic and life-threatening.
In fact, along with speeding/high speeds, other factors that can increase the risk that rear-end collisions end up being severe or deadly include the striking vehicle running into the back of a truck that doesn’t have underride guards; the striking vehicle hitting a motorcyclist; the drivers in front vehicles not wearing their seatbelts; etc.
- Driver negligence is often a factor in rear-end collisions – This may be one of the most distressing facts about rear-end collisions because it means that a number of these accidents could be prevented if drivers were more focused, sober and/or diligent when behind the wheel. In fact, driver distraction, drunk driving and even aggressive driving are all common forms of driver negligence that regularly contributes to rear-end collisions.
As unsettling as this may be, the hopeful news for accident victims is that, in the event any type of negligence contributed to their rear-end collision and injuries, they can be entitled to compensation – and an experienced attorney can help them get on the path to financial recovery ASAP.
Contact a Denver Car Accident Lawyer at the Cederberg Law Firm
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident – or if you have lost a loved one in a motor vehicle accident, contact a Denver car accident lawyer at the Cederberg Law Firm to find out more about your best options for financial recovery.
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1: According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)