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Why are rear-end collisions so common?

It would be expected that car accidents are less common on the rural outstretched roads of Visalia, but rear-end collisions happen all the time. Rear-end collisions are so frequent that they make up 32 percent of total car accidents. Typical causes for rear-end collisions are:

  • Speeding
  • Weather conditions
  • Tailgating
  • Drinking & driving
  • Distracted driving

Foggy roads and angry tailgaters have always caused accidents in Visalia but distracted driving is becoming a mounting problem.

Distracted driving on the rise

With their eyes on the GPS and a coffee in their right hand, the modern driver takes multitasking to new levels. Drivers are getting in more rear-end collisions every year and distracted driving is a likely culprit. The most common form of distracted driving is phone use. In the past decade smartphones have become like an extension of many people’s hands. With smartphone ownership on the rise more people are tempted to text and drive. In fact the percentage of all drivers texting or using their phones while driving has risen from 1.7 percent in 2013 to 2.2 percent in 2014.

Distracted driving is seen in all ages

Although young drivers are notorious for using their phones while driving, the greatest increase in smartphone ownership in the last few years has been among adults age 40 and up. People of all ages can be seen with their eyes pointed down at their phones while speeding down the highway.

Other possible recipes for rear-end collisions include eating, reading, watching videos, adjusting radio dials, playing music, and much more. Early morning traffic is filled with people getting in last minute makeup adjustments or combing back bed head hairs. With rear-end collisions being so common it is important to keep your eyes on the road and drive defensively. If you have found yourself a victim of a rear-end collision then contact an attorney right away.