A rear-end collision is a common type of car accident that can be impossible for people to avoid.
They often occur suddenly at inter-sections and stoplights when a motorist slams into the back of another vehicle.
The force of impact can cause individuals to suffer severe injuries that require them to be off work for months or longer while they recover—if they're not permanently disabled or suffer fatal injuries.
Fortunately, you may be able to obtain compensation for your injuries under both Kansas and Missouri laws if you're hurt this type of crash.
7 Reasons for Rear-End Collisions
All motorists are required to maintain a safe distance behind the vehicle in front of them so they can slow down or stop suddenly. The standard recommendation is to count off two–to–three seconds from a stationary object, and use that as your guide for spacing between you and the other car.
Unfortunately, drivers who cause rear-end collisions fail to obey this basic traffic rule. Common causes for these crashes include:
Inpatient and aggressive drivers push too closely on the car in front of them. This not only violates the traffic laws about maintaining a safe distance, but also makes it virtually impossible for motorists to avoid a collision if the lead car driver suddenly brakes.
When a person’s mind and eyes aren't on the task of operating a vehicle, it's difficult to gauge when traffic around him slows or stops. Distracted driving is especially dangerous on congested Kansas City highways, where a rear-end collision can quickly escalate into a multi-vehicle crash. Texting, talking on a cellphone, and reading a GPS are just a few behaviors that contribute to these wrecks.
Alcohol or drug intoxication causes slower reaction times, reduced vision, and inability to judge distances properly.
Fatigue impairs a person's abilities in the same ways as intoxication. If a person's eyes close for even a few seconds—or worse, he actually falls asleep—he can travel a substantial distance completely unaware of the need to slow down or stop.
When a motorist exceeds the speed limit, it takes the length of two or more football fields to brake effectively. A rear-end collision caused by short-distance stopping often results in more catastrophic injuries and vehicle damage.
Rain, ice, snow, and fog can reduce visibility and make roads slippery. If a driver fails to reduce his speed or vehicle operation to accommodate inclement weather, rear-end crashes are more common.
Potholes, faulty traffic signals, and debris in the road can cause even the most contentious driver to lose control. If an accident investigation determines a municipality is the actually the negligent party, special notice and other procedural rules must be followed when filing a claim.
Typical Injuries Caused in Rear-End Crashes
If you were involved in a rear-end collision, you could suffer serious injuries that cause long- term pain and movement limitations. It's important to seek medical treatment promptly even if you don't believe you're injured or think your injuries are minor. Depending on the type of injury you suffered, the symptoms may take days or longer to become apparent. A thorough examination by a medical provider is the best way to protect your health and avoid disputes when filing a claim.
Rear-end collisions cause a wide variety of injuries:
- Broken bones
- Internal organ damage
- Facial and eye injuries, such as a broken nose, fractures of the cheekbone and jaw, and detached retina
- Traumatic brain injury and other brain injuries
- Back and spinal injuries
Fault in a Rear-End Collision
In most cases, the driver with front-end damage to his vehicle is presumed to be at fault in a rear-end collision because of the duty to maintain a safe distance behind the lead car in the lane. As a result, an insurance company may be less likely to dispute their insured’s liability for your crash. However, this doesn't mean that it won't try to reduce or deny your claim by disputing the seriousness of your injuries.
Have You Been Injured In A Kansas City Area Car Accident?
If you've been injured in a car accident you need to speak with an experienced car accident lawyer as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our Kansas City office directly at 816.471.5111 to schedule your free consultation.