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How do rear-end collisions happen?

When you are driving, you definitely have some degree of control over your vehicle. Unfortunately, however, you have no control over other drivers’ behaviors and actions. As such, no matter how careful you are behind the wheels, you might still get involved in a rear-end collision.

A rear-end collision is one of the most common forms of car accidents in the U.S. In fact, The Washington Post reports that 1.7 million rear-end collisions happen in the U.S. each year. Here are the most common causes of rear-end collisions in the U.S.


Tailgating happens when the driver following you does not keep a safe distance between the cars. When this happens, the driver may not have adequate time, or room for maneuver, in the event of an emergency. The same applies to aggressive motorists who tailgate others as they may not have enough time and space to react when the car in front brakes suddenly.

Distracted driving

Eating, speaking on the phone, texting, changing music or reading while driving – all can take the driver’s focus off the road and result in a rear-end collision. Fatigue or sleep can also distract the driver, resulting in slower reaction times.

Sudden change in speed

It is not uncommon for the driver in front to hit the brakes suddenly, perhaps to avoid hitting an animal or a jaywalking pedestrian. If the driver behind does not notice this and react in time, there is a high chance they will hit the car in front from behind.

Bad weather

Fog, heavy rain and ice can affect road conditions resulting in rear-end collisions. Besides impacting the driver’s visibility, bad weather can also result in more slippery roads, thus impacting the driver’s ability to control the vehicle.

Rear-end collisions happen all the time. Find out how you can protect your rights and interests in Louisiana when you are involved in a rear-end collision, or any other car accident, that is not your fault.