Nearly 30 percent of all traffic accidents that occur in the U.S. each year are rear-end collisions. While about 80 percent of these accidents are caused by common driver errors or negligent behavior, some type of human error reportedly contributes to more than 90 percent of these collisions, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
What can be more distressing than the frequency at which rear-end collisions occur, however, are their impacts, as the worst cases of these accidents can result in serious – if not permanent or potentially fatal – injuries.
At Charles N. Rock, P.L.L.C., our Kingston rear-end collision attorney has extensive experience fighting on behalf of people injured in these accidents, and he will work diligently to help people hurt as a result of negligence obtain the maximum possible compensation for their injuries and losses.
Rear-End Collisions Statistics
Here’s a closer look at just how often rear-end collisions take place in the U.S. and, when they do, what their costs generally are (based on data from the NHTSA):
- About every 17 or so seconds, a rear-end collisions occurs on a U.S. roadway.
- While about 94 percent of rear-end collisions occur on straight roads, most of these accidents involve direct hits (rather than sideswipes).
- About 3 out of every 4 rear-end collisions occur at speeds of less than 10 mph.
- Nearly 40 percent of all payouts for auto insurance accident claims are related to rear-end collisions
When Negligence Contributes to Rear-End Collisions
When negligence plays a role in causing rear-end collisions, oftentimes, it’s due to the careless or reckless actions of one of the drivers involved in the accident. In particular, some of the specific forms of driver negligence that can contribute to rear-end collisions include:
- Texting while driving
- Other forms of distracted driving
- Drunk driving
- Failing to abide by traffic laws (e.g., by failing to stop at red lights, speeding and/or failing to yield the right-of-way).
In addition to driver negligence, other forms of negligence that can increase the risk of rear-end collisions include (but are by no means limited to):
- Pedestrian or motorcycle rider negligence, as these other parties on the roads may fail to abide by traffic laws or may act in any negligent or reckless manner.
- Local govt. negligence, as the parties responsible for the upkeep of roadways, signs and intersections may neglect to do so, creating poor roadway and/or intersection conditions that can contribute to rear-end collisions.
- Automaker negligence, as manufacturers may install defective vehicle equipment – like brakes, ignitions switches, etc. – in vehicles and, in doing so, cause rear-end collisions.
The bottom line is that negligence can contribute to rear-end collisions in a number of different ways and that, after these accidents, consulting with our Kingston rear-end collision attorney will be key to determining your best options for financial recovery.
You Can Trust an Experienced Kingston Rear-End Collision Attorney at Charles N. Rock, P.L.L.C.
Have you or someone you love been hurt in a rear-end collision? If so, you can turn to Kingston Rear-End Collision Attorney Charles N. Rock for aggressive legal advocacy and effective help obtaining the compensation to which you may be entitled.
For nearly 20 years, Charles N. Rock has been dedicated to holding individuals and corporations alike accountable for injuring his clients, and he will work tirelessly to help you secure the compensation and justice you deserve.