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What's to Blame For Rear-End Collisions? Some Causes May Surprise You.

One of the most common types of motor vehicle accidents is the rear-end collision. This is when one car crashes into the back of another car; sometimes, many vehicles can be involved when there is a chain reaction. Not everyone will be involved in an extremely serious car accident in their lifetime, but many people do end up in rear-end accidents of varying degrees of severity.

Why are these types of collisions so common on roads across the country? The reason is that there are so many different ways rear-end accidents can occur, including:

  • Distracted driving. This could mean a driver was texting, talking on the phone, checking e-mail, changing the radio station, or even eating while driving. Anything that takes the driver's attention away from the road for even one second can cause a rear-end collision.
  • A quick change in speed. The most common example of this is when the driver in front needs to hit the brakes suddenly, so the car behind must react quickly. If the driver in back does not notice that the driver in front has slammed on his brakes, there is a high chance of a rear-end accident.
  • Inclement weather. Even the most careful drivers can be affected when driving in poor weather conditions. Weather can affect visibility or create slippery conditions that impact a driver's ability to control the car or see clearly.
  • Mechanical problems. A car could be improperly maintained, or it could break suddenly. Both situations can be dangerous on the road because brakes can fail, and tail lights or brake lights can blow out.

Rear-end collisions are dangerous because even crashes that happen at low speeds can cause serious bodily harm. It is essential that all drivers stay focused on the road, keep their vehicles maintained, and make good judgment calls about whether or not to drive when the weather isn't the best.

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