Rear-end collisions are the most common type of car accidents in the U.S., accounting for a whopping more than 1.7 million crashes per year. While it is true that rear-end accidents are not as deadly as other types (head-on collisions, side-impact crashes, rollovers, multi-vehicle accidents), they are still responsible for about 1,700 fatalities each year and more than 500,000 injuries, which include the following:
Our Pittsburgh rear-end accident attorney at Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman explains that the leading cause of rear-end collisions is tailgating, also known as following behind too closely. When the rear vehicle is following too closely, the risk of colliding after the front vehicle hits the brakes, slows down, or comes to an abrupt stop is extremely high (in that case, the rear driver will be held liable for causing the crash).
The second most common cause of rear-end collisions is distracted driving. In fact, statistics show that the vast majority of all rear-end accidents could have been prevented had the driver of the rear vehicle been more focused on the road.
Besides tailgating and distracted driving, other causes of rear-end crashes include but are not limited to:
The two most widespread misconceptions about rear-end crashes is that (1) they are relatively harmless and cause little to no harm to drivers and passengers, and (2) the rear driver is always at-fault for this type of car crash.
If you look at the statistics that we have outlined in the beginning, you will realize that rear-end accidents are anything but “harmless.” As for the second misconception, let’s review the situations in which the front driver or middle driver is at fault for causing a rear-end accident:
As you can see, the rear driver is not at fault for rear-end accidents 100 percent of the time, which is why it may be a good idea to speak to an experienced rear-end collision attorney in Pittsburgh or elsewhere in Pennsylvania to determine fault in your particular case.
In some cases, a lawyer may retain accident reconstruction experts in order to determine fault as objectively and accurately as possible. If you have been in a rear-end crash, do not forget to take photographs at the scene of the accident, focusing on the skid marks and vehicle damage. Contact Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman for a free case evaluation. Call our offices at 888-988-9467 today.