One of the most common types of car accidents in the United States is a rear-end accident. These types of accidents account for 28% of all car crashes in the country. While these accidents aren’t typically fatal (accounting for just 6% of all fatal accidents), they can result in serious injuries with long-lasting effects.
A rear-end collision typically occurs when one vehicle is stopping or moving slowly, while another vehicle hits that vehicle from behind. In almost all cases, the driver of the vehicle that hits the stopped vehicle is found to be at fault for the crash. Even when the driver in front stopped suddenly, all drivers are required to follow far enough behind other vehicles to account for sudden changes.
Common Causes of Rear-end Collisions
There are numerous causes of rear-end collisions, but the most common causes include:
- Driving distracted
- Following too closely
A study performed by the Transporation Research Center at Ohio State University found that drivers failed to focus on how close they were to the vehicles in front of them. What they did focus on was the rate of gap change. That means that drivers noticed when the gap between them and the car in front of them remained steady. When the gap remained steady, drivers lost focus and became complacent. They often glanced away or even picked up their phones. They seemed to lose track of the fact that the car in front could begin to brake at any time.
Common Rear-end Accident Injuries
After a rear-end accident, it is common for occupants in all vehicles to suffer from injury. While not typically life-threatening, those injuries can result in significant pain and suffering, as well as long-term complications. Some of the most common rear-end accident injuries include:
- Head injuries from hitting head on steering wheel
- Lacerations or cuts from broken glass
- Rib or chest injuries from seatbelts
- Hip injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Soft tissue damage to back
Contact Our Denver Car Accident Attorneys Today
If you or someone you love has been injured in a rear-end collision in Denver, Aurora, Arvada, Lakewood, or anywhere in the state of Colorado, you may face an uphill battle when trying to collect the money you need to recover. Rear-end accidents require a law firm with considerable experience representing car accident victims. Contact Gregory A. Gold of the Gold Law Firm today for a free consultation at (303) 694-4653. We can help you during this difficult time.