One of the most startling and frustrating motor vehicle accidents to happen is being rear-ended in a car accident. However, it may not come as any surprise that rear-end collisions are actually the most frequent type of crash here in Arizona. In fact, there were approximately 40,600 rear-end collisions in 2013 alone, which made up almost 46% of all crashes across the state, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.
Most Common Causes of Rear-End Collisions
Speeding: Speeding takes the top spot as the most common causes of rear-end collisions. Whether it be on surface streets or on the highway, drivers who do not follow the posted speed limits seem to find themselves slamming into the back of an innocent driver’s vehicle far too often.
Distracted Driving: Texting, talking on the phone, eating, drinking, and anything else that might distract a driver increases the potential for a rear-end collision as drivers have less reaction time to slam on their breaks in order to avoid collision.
DUI: Driving under the influences accounted for over 1,100 rear-end collisions in 2013. Intoxicated drivers have a significantly lower reaction time and are unable to slow down or completely stop in enough time to avoid an accident.
Weather: Weather conditions like rain, snow, fog, hail, and dust can very easily limit visibility on the road, leading to rear-end collisions.
What to do after being rear ended in a car accident
The first and most important thing to do is call the police. It is also crucial to take pictures of the accidents and document exactly what happened. Be sure not to sign any documents without any legal representation and do not discuss any settlement options with insurance companies.
Again, it is extremely important to make sure you do not discuss any sort of legal issues without representation present. Take care of yourself and your car and call an experienced personal injury lawyer.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a rear-end collision, call Schenk Podolsky as soon as possible to see how you may be compensated for damages.