It only takes a moment of distraction for a rear-end accident to occur. Rear-end collisions are among the most common types of collisions we see on our roadways. Rear-end collisions may be low-speed crashes like fender benders, or high-speed crashes that end up causing significant injuries and damages.
Here are some of the most common causes of rear-end collisions:
- Distracted driving: Texting while driving was banned in Alabama back in 2012. Drivers who are looking at their phones are more likely to cause a rear-end collision. Just about any type of distraction – reading, eating, drinking, adjusting the radio, turning to talk to a passenger — could cause a rear-end crash.
- Tailgating: Following too closely is a dangerous way to drive and often causes rear-end crashes.
- Dangerous lane changes or failure to yield: Drivers in front can contribute to rear-end collisions by cutting off the driver next to them, or by entering traffic without yielding to oncoming vehicles.
- Speeding: It’s more difficult to avoid a collision when you are traveling above a reasonable speed for the traffic and roadway conditions. One of the most common ways in which rear-end collisions occur is when a driver crashes into the vehicle in front because he or she is unable to slow down in time.
- Alcohol and drugs: Impaired motorists are more likely to cause rear-end collisions. Motorists who are under the influence tend to make more risky choices, speed, change lanes without looking and drift from their lane of traffic.
- Fatigued driving: When drivers fall asleep at the wheel, they are unable to stop in time to avoid a rear-end crash.
If you have been injures in a rear-end collision, it is important to exchange information with the other driver and get contact information from anyone who may have witnessed the crash. Photos of the damaged vehicles, the position of the vehicles involved, and of your injuries can prove useful as well. It is also important that you seek medical attention. Then, contact an experienced Alabama car accident attorney who can help you secure fair and full compensation for your losses and protect your legal rights.
Guster Law Firm, LLC can help. Contact us today at (205) 581-9777