Rear-end collisions are among the most common accidents on our roadways. While many people think of these collisions as simple “fender-benders,” the fact is that rear-end collisions are often quite dangerous, even at lower speeds. If someone else’s negligence leaves you injured in a rear-end collision, don’t delay consulting with an experienced Georgia personal injury attorney at Banks, Stubbs & McFarland today.
Is the Rear Driver Always to Blame?
In rear-end accidents, it is commonly assumed that the rear driver is always at fault, and while this is generally true, it’s not always the case. When a car barrels into you from behind, the impact tends to be not only harsh but also shocking, and there is generally very little that you as the front driver can do to prevent the accident from happening.
Every driver takes on the responsibility of sharing the road safely with everyone who travels upon it, and if a forward driver needs to slow down or stop in reaction to an upcoming impediment, such as stalled traffic, a deer in the road, an accident, or anything else, rear drivers must be prepared to react accordingly. The rear driver’s failure to do so indicates fault. If, however, the forward driver stops suddenly (for no reason related to safety) or capriciously – or suddenly reverses for no reason – that forward driver might be at fault for any ensuing rear-end accidents.
Rear-End Accidents and Common Causes
Rear-end accidents are often preventable and are typically caused by rear-driver negligence. Such negligence can take many forms, including:
- Distraction – Distraction is an increasingly prevalent problem on our road, and it is a common cause of rear-end accidents. While nearly anything can distract a driver from his or her primary task of driving safely, smartphone usage is one of the most common and dangerous distractions out there.
- Impairment – Impaired drivers put everyone around them at risk. Every driver knows the dangers inherent to drinking and driving, but some continue to engage in this often-deadly practice.
- Speed – Excessive speed is often a factor in rear-end traffic accidents. Speed limits are set to help keep everyone on our roadways safe, and drivers who fail to adhere to them endanger everyone with whom they share the road.
- Exhaustion – When a driver is drowsy, he or she simply can’t drive as safely as a well-rested driver. Exhaustion can not only dangerously delay a driver’s response times but can also diminish a driver’s ability to safely focus on the road ahead.
An Experienced Forsyth County Rear-end Collision Attorney Can Help
Rear-end accidents are both exceedingly dangerous and quite common. If someone else’s negligence leaves you injured in a rear-end accident, the dedicated Cumming personal injury attorneys at Banks, Stubbs & McFarland have extensive experience helping clients like you obtain the compensation to which they are entitled. Our skilled legal team is here to help, so please don’t hesitate to contact us online or call us at 770-887-1209 for more information today.