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A rear-end collision is exactly what it sounds like; it occurs when one vehicle hits another from behind. According to the Washington Post in 2015, there are nearly 1.7 million such accidents in the United States, annually. Of these collisions, roughly 1,700 people have died and a half a million have sustained some sort of injury.

Though fault may seem rather obvious in a rear-end collision, there are times when it is anything but. Certainly the majority of these collisions are the result of a driver going too fast, plowing into the car in front of them. But there are also times when the car in front must make a sudden, emergency stop, while the car behind them is not maintaining an appropriate distance. There may be, for example, something or someone in the road that drivers who are further back can not see, oil slicks, and any number of otherwise unseen obstacles in the way.

Why Rear-end Collisions Occur

There are a number of reasons why these types of accidents occur, some of which may seem more obvious than others.

Distracted Drivers

Drivers who are focused on their phones, conversations with passengers and anything other  than driving, are, simply put, accidents waiting to happen. All it takes is a few seconds to look down or away from the road, and drivers lose the ability to accurately gauge the distance between their car and the ones in front of them. Distracted drivers are also, despite what many will tell you, incapable of accurately assessing their speed. It does not take much to collide with another car when you are not looking at it or even fully aware that it is there.


This kind of speaks for itself, but does need a bit of elaboration. Drivers who are in a hurry to get wherever it is they need to go, put their lives, as well as the lives of other commuters and pedestrians, at risk. Drivers who weave in and out of lanes in the hopes of finding the magical fast lane that will allow them to bypass traffic, are both unrealistic and ripe for rear-end collisions. Speeding takes the driver’s needs into account, while completely disregarding their safety and that of others.

Road Rage

Angry drivers are dangerous drivers. And while we should all abide by the rules of the road, including the ones we may not like or appreciate, there is little to no reason to get angry enough to hit someone with your car. Drivers who feel disrespected, unfairly targeted by others who have driven past them, or who cannot seem to merge lanes in a timely way, can become irate, lethal, and do things they may later regret. A sense of entitlement behind the wheel of a car is a disaster waiting to happen.


Being tired leads to tremendous risks while driving. Some people believe they can close their eyes at red lights or that nodding off is not a big deal.The truth is that closing your eyes, even if “just” for a moment, puts everyone on the road at risk, including the unlucky driver you are behind.

Resultant Injuries and Damage from rear-end Collisions

rear-end collisions, depending on how hard one’s car is it, can result in a variety of physical and emotional aches and pains that include:

  • Whiplash
  • Headaches
  • Back pain
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nerve Damage
  • Traumatic Brain Injury with attendant personality changes
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Preventing Rear-end Collisions

Rear-end collisions are, by and large, preventable. By following the rules of the road, driving the speed limit of the road you are on, and remaining focused on driving and not on say, your phone or how badly you need to get where you are going, you can avoid the vast majority of rear-end collisions.

Other, more sophisticated ways of avoiding these types of crashes include the use of crash avoidance technology. These systems are designed to match a variety of car makes and models and can be quite effective in the reduction of these types rear-end collisions and other types of accidents.

What To Do If You Are the Victim of a Rear-end Collision

If you are in a rear-end collision in Orange County, you need to contact a lawyer who knows what they are doing and can advocate for you. That is why you need to call Timothy J. Ryan and Associates.

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