While car crashes and collisions can occur due to a variety of causes, the most common cause of accidents is driver error. Distracted driving, driving under the influence, and reckless driving all present serious dangers on our nation’s roadways, and can result in serious and potentially deadly car accident injuries. Of all types of driving accidents, rear end collisions are some of the most common and have the potential to cause some of the most serious damages. You can help to ensure the safety of your loved ones while behind the wheel by being aware of the potential dangers as well as the safety measures that are currently available to protect against these kinds of accidents
Rear End Collision Accidents
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) reports that rear end collisions are among the most common types of motor vehicle accident, responsible for over half of all car accidents that occur on U.S. roadways each year. Rear-end collisions can cause serious injuries, including multiple fractures and back injuries as the result of impacts, crushing injuries, and head and brain injuries due to whiplash and concussion. Statistics from the NTSB reports that 80 percent of all car accidents occur as the result of driver inattention, and factors that contribute to rear end collisions include the following:
- Distracted driving;
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs; and
- Reckless or aggressive driving, such as speeding and tailgating.
In addition to the above, driving too fast in hazardous weather conditions such as rain, fog, or sleet can prevent a driver from being able to respond properly to stopped or stalled traffic, increasing the likelihood of being involved in these kinds of accidents.
Technology to Help Avoid Rear End Collisions
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), new technologies may play a part in avoiding car accident collisions, thereby saving countless drivers from serious injuries. While these systems were originally installed only on high end, luxury automobiles, car manufactures are increasingly offering these features on other car makes and models. The types of crash avoidance systems currently available include the following:
- Automatic braking;
- Lane departure warnings;
- Blind spot protections;
- Adaptive headlights; and
- Parking assist and back over prevention warning systems.
These types of systems may help to prevent rear-end collisions by alerting drivers to dangers and could help to prevent injuries by providing warnings when a crash is imminent. The IIHS reports that drivers of cars with crash avoidance systems have fewer insurance liability claims. For a list of cars featuring crash avoidance systems, visit safercar.gov.
Contact Us for Assistance
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury as the result of a car accident, contact our experienced Florida car accident attorneys immediately. At Hogan Frick, we understand the serious impacts these injuries can have on every aspect of your life, and we can advise you on how to get the compensation you deserve for the damages you have suffered. With offices in Orlando, Gainesville, Ocala, Kissimmee, and Lakeland, we can help; contact Hogan Frick today for a free review of your case.