Rear-End Collisions Are The Most Common Type of Automobile Accident
A rear-end collision occurs when the front of one vehicle crashes into the back of another vehicle.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) over 40% of all motor vehicle accidents are rear-end collisions. That's over 2.5 million rear-end accidents each year. On average there is arear-end collision every 8 seconds. The NHTSA also reports that drivers are 4 times more likely to cause a rear-ender when using a hand-held device while operating a vehicle.
During daily rush hour rear-end accidents are common. Many business commuters are distracted by their mobile phones, attempt to read email messages, and try sending a text message while driving. And distracted driving in these types of condistions is an accident waiting to happen. On-ramps, off-ramps interchanges, and traffic moving in and out of high occupancy vehicle lanes at high speeds are another common source of accidents.
Who Is At Fault For A Rear-End Accident in Washington State?
The rule of thumb regarding fault in rear-end collisions is generally that the person driving the back vehicle is to blame. If someone hits you from behind, it is virtually always his or her fault, regardless of the reason you stopped. However, this will not stop the at-fault driver's insurance company from trying to blame you for the accident to avoid paying for your damages.
Hit From Behind In A Car Accident
Below are just a few of the causes of rear-end accidents in Washington State. This list is not an all-encompassing identifier of rear-end car crashes. In most cases, your car crash may have been caused by something under one (or more) of these categories.
- Distratcted Driving - Texting, talking, in-car technology, rubber-necking, other passengers, pets. etc.
- Tailgating - Following too closely behind the vehicle in front of you.
- Unsafe Lane Changes - Moving into another lane when traffic in that lane is fast-moving.
- Impaired Driving - Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Speed - Traveling at unsafe speeds can reduce your ability to stop quickly.