Rear-End Accident & Rear Impact Collision Attorney

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.