What causes rear-end collisions? 

On Behalf of | May 16, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Rear-end collisions are one of the most common types of car accidents, and they are also one of the most dangerous. Rear-end collisions can result in severe injuries, particularly to the head, neck and back. When accidents happen at high speeds, rear-end collisions can even be fatal. 

One of the main reasons why rear-end collisions are so dangerous is that the driver who is struck typically has no warning to brace for impact. What causes rear-end collisions?

Driving distractions 

An analysis performed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) showed that distractions are one of the leading causes of rear-end collisions. When a driver is distracted, they are not paying attention to hazards, such as vehicles in front of them. A driver doesn’t even need to be distracted for a long time for a rear-end collision to occur. Simply glancing at a text message is more than enough time for a serious crash to occur. 


Tailgating is a dangerous form of driving behavior. Essentially, it amounts to following a vehicle too closely. Sometimes, this happens accidentally, but often, tailgating is a form of aggressive driving. The recommended distance that vehicles should keep between one another is three seconds. A vehicle that follows closer than this has very little chance of stopping on time should the car in front slam on the brakes. 


Consuming drugs or alcohol while driving is illegal for a reason. Alcohol and drugs alter a person’s state of mind, including what they see, hear and do. Someone who is impaired has slower reaction times and poor depth perception. They also generally lack the judgment to make good driving decisions. All of these factors significantly increase the chances of a rear-end collision occurring. 

If you have been rear-ended by another vehicle, then it is likely that you could be entitled to compensation. Seeking legal guidance will help provide a more in-depth assessment of your case.