Many people mistakenly think that it is not a big deal to be involved in a rear-end motor vehicle collision. However, it is one of the most common types of motor vehicle accidents and can cause the victims to suffer serious injuries or death.
Were you or a loved one hurt in a rear-end accident? Under Kansas and Missouri laws, a driver is responsible for compensating you for your injuries if their negligence was the cause of the crash. The knowledgeable and dedicated motor vehicle accident lawyers at Kansas City Accident Injury Lawyers are here to aggressively fight with their insurance company so that you receive the maximum recovery in your settlement.
Common Causes of Rear-End Collisions
In most cases, the driver in the rear is found to be the at-fault party in these preventable wrecks. In some cases, their negligence can create a multi-car crash where the vehicle they rear-end is pushed into the vehical in front of them—resulting in more victims being injured. Here are the most common ways motorists cause rear-end collisions.
All motorists in Kansas and Missouri are required to maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front of them so that they can slow down and stop quickly when traffic conditions require this. However, many impatient drivers follow the vehicle in front of them far too closely to have sufficient time to avoid a crash.
Distracted driving is dangerous because a driver's mind is not on the the task of driving, their eyes are not on the road, and their hands may not be on the steering wheel. Even a second or two of not paying attention to nearby traffic can be the cause of a dangerous injury wreck. Common distractions that lead to rear-end crashes include:
- Eating and drinking
- Talking on a cellphone
- Reading a GPS
- Watching a video or movie on a cellphone
- Engaging in personal grooming
- Talking to passengers
Many drivers are speeding when they rear-end someone. This can make it impossible for them to stop quickly enough to avoid a collision. In addition, the victims are much more likely to suffer permanent injuries when the negligent motorist is driving too fast because the force of impact is greater.
If someone gets behind the wheel after drinking alcohol or taking drugs, their crucial driving skills, like reaction time, vision, and judgment, are significantly impaired. They could engage in reckless behaviors, like speeding, tailgating, or falling asleep at the wheel and smash into the rear end of the vehicle ahead of them.
When weather conditions, such as snow, ice, fog, and heavy rain, make driving hazardous, drivers in Kansas and Missouri are required to slow down—even if it means driving below the posted speed limit. In many rear-end collisions in bad weather, the driver in the rear loses control of their vehicle because they failed to follow this basic traffic rule.
Not all rear-end accidents are caused by a driver's negligence. In some cases, a mechanical defect, such as faulty brakes, makes it impossible for the driver to stop or otherwise control their vehicle. The manufacturer of the vehicle and defective part or a repair facility could face liability if a mechanical breakdown caused the collision.
Serious Injuries Caused in Rear-End Collisions
Victims of rear-end collisions can suffer permanent injuries that can cause long-term pain, limit their ability to work and take care of themselves, and reduce the quality of their lives—even in a low-impact crash. Some injuries can be life-threatening or fatal. Common injuries that people suffer include:
- Traumatic brain injury and other head injuries
- Back and spinal injuries—including paralysis
- Whiplash and other neck injuries
- Facial injuries and disfigurement
- Broken bones
- Internal bleeding
- Internal organ damage
Have You Been Injured In a Kansas City Area Motor Vehicle Accident?
If you've been injured in a motor vehicle accident, you need to speak with an experienced motor vehicle accident lawyer as soon as possible. It will cost you nothing to hire us because we handle these cases on a contingency fee basis where you only pay us if we win your case. We will also front the costs and fees you could incur. Contact us online or call our Kansas City office directly at 816.471.5111 to schedule your free consultation.