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4 common causes of rear-end crashes

On Behalf of | Mar 4, 2024 | Personal Injury Law

Rear-end crashes are not uncommon on American roads. This type of crash can be minor or fatal. So, what factors contribute to a rear-end crash?

Here are four of them:


Drivers should observe a safe following distance. If a following vehicle fails to do this, it may crash into a lead car if the latter comes to a sudden stop or slows down due to traffic or any other obstruction.


When it comes to distraction playing a part in a rear-end crash, any driver may be at fault. If a following driver is distracted, perhaps talking to passengers, eating, looking outside at billboards or reaching for items under the seat, they may not notice the lead driver slow down, or at least sooner. Consequently, they may not have adequate time to respond accordingly, hitting the lead driver.

A lead driver can also be distracted and cause a rear-end crash. If they fail to notice an obstruction and respond sooner, they may brake suddenly, which means the following driver may not have adequate time to respond safely.


If a following or lead driver is under the influence of alcohol or any other drug, they are likely to make a mistake that can cause a rear-end crash. These include tailgating, abrupt acceleration/deceleration,  driving extremely slowly, weaving, sudden braking and so on.

Poor weather conditions

Harsh weather conditions like heavy rains, snow or ice can lead to slipperiness, which can reduce a road’s skid resistance considerably. This can make it difficult for a driver to control their car, increasing the chances of an accident happening, including a rear-end one.

If you are injured in a rear-end crash, obtain adequate information about your case to protect your rights.