As you drive, you certainly take time to ensure that you operate your vehicle in a safe manner. You likely take defensive driving actions, such as scanning ahead for potential hazards and avoiding distractions, in hopes of avoiding being the cause of an accident. Of course, while your cautious actions may prevent you from causing a crash, they may not always help you avoid involvement in an accident caused by someone else.
Unfortunately, despite scanning ahead for hazards, you may not immediately notice the hazard that is the driver behind you. You may have your mind on making sure your driving remains safe when, suddenly, the vehicle behind you rear-ends your car. Unfortunately, rear-end accidents commonly occur and can cause serious injuries.
What causes a rear-end crash?
Taking certain precautions could easily help drivers avoid rear-end collisions. However, not every driver chooses to remain cautious on the road and may let many unsafe practices creep into their actions while behind the wheel. Some of the most common causes of rear-end accidents include:
- Distraction - Distracted driving is a leading cause in all car accidents, not just rear-end collisions. Still, this issue can easily cause a driver to take his or her eyes off the road too long and result in his or her missing the slowing of traffic, failing to brake in time or other factors that could lead to a crash. Cell phone use can easily contribute to this type of incident.
- Daydreaming - As mentioned, you probably take the time to remain focused on the task of driving and pay attention to the drivers around you. However, if another driver does not utilize such focus, he or she may take his or her mind off the task of driving and cause an accident.
- Following too closely - Another action that can help individuals stay safe on the road is to leave enough space between vehicles. However, some drivers may tailgate others in attempts to make the driver in front go faster or because they are experiencing road rage and are trying to make the driver in front uncomfortable. Unfortunately, this action could quickly result in a crash if the driver in front has to suddenly slow down or stop and the following vehicle does not have enough time to stop.
As mentioned, rear-end collisions could cause serious injuries, and if you suffer harm due to another person's negligence, you may have reason to file a personal injury claim against that driver in order to seek compensation for your injuries and other damages permitted under California law.