If you’ve been in an accident where another driver struck your car, you have rights. Working with an attorney, it may be possible to obtain financial compensation for your losses. Understanding what happened is the first step in this process.
Why Do Rear-End Accidents Happen?
Many car accidents are avoidable. This is true for some of the most common causes of rear-end accidents, such as these:
Speeding is a common reason for car accidents. Drivers may lose control over their car, cannot stop fast enough, or other drivers cannot react quickly enough to get out of their way.
Distracted driving has become a big factor for distracted drivers. Any activity, such as texting, eating, or applying makeup in the car behind the wheel while driving, is a high-risk scenario. The driver isn’t paying enough attention to the road and cannot react fast enough to changing circumstances.
When drivers are aggressive, accidents are more likely to occur. If a driver is following another driver too closely, this can create a higher risk for a rear-end accident, especially if you have to stop fast.
It’s not uncommon for drivers who are tired to engage in reckless driving such as speeding or tailgating. They are also less likely to stop fast enough when a light changes or driving conditions change.
Crowded roadways, especially during rush hour traffic, increase the risk of rear-endings. On high-speed highways, this becomes an even bigger risk. It can also be significantly more dangerous when trying to stop fast at high speeds.
Drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol may have limited ability to react properly on roadways or safely control a vehicle. This includes prescription drugs as well as illicit forms.
What Should You Do If a Driver Strikes You From Behind?
When you’re in a rear-end accident, pull to the side of the road and contact the police to file a report. Once you’re safe, call your attorney. At the Law Office of Matthew A. Lathrop, PC, LLO, our team is here to help you file a claim in a case like this. Contact us now for a free consultation.