You’ve probably heard someone call a rear-end collision a “fender-bender.” This name incorrectly implies that rear-end collisions are not serious accidents and cause only minor damage to the fenders of vehicles. However, many people who have been in this type of accident know from experience that it can cause serious injuries. One tragic crash involving a man from Gainesville driving in neighboring Putnam County demonstrates just how serious a rear-end crash can be.
According to Gainesville news reports, the Gainesville driver rear-ended another car while driving west on State Road 100 in Palatka. The impact sent the other car flying off the road and crashing into a tree. Two passengers sustained serious injuries, requiring transport to a nearby hospital. The rear-ended driver sustained fatal injuries and did not survive the crash.
This tragic accident shows that rear-end collisions not only cause serious injuries, but they may also cause fatalities. You should never take a rear-end accident lightly. Sometimes, serious injuries do not show up immediately. You should always get a thorough medical evaluation and diagnosis after a crash, even if you don’t feel pain right away.
Common Causes of Rear-end Crashes
To fully understand the risks of rear-end collisions, you should be aware of why and how these accidents happen in the first place. Although there are many different causes of such accidents, the following are some of the most common:
- Distracted driving – When a driver is not looking at the road, it is all too easy for her to fail to notice another car or obstacle in front of her. By the time she notices, it may be too late for her to stop and she can crash into another car.
- Aggressive driving – Aggressive drivers are notorious for tailgating—following slower cars too closely in an attempt to intimidate them or get them to move into a different lane. However, following too closely is against the law in Florida for a reason: it often results in a rear-end crash.
- Drunk driving – Drunk drivers have impaired judgment, making it difficult to accurately gauge the speed of other vehicles and the distance between vehicles. This lapse in judgment, as well as impaired reaction time and reflexes, can cause a rear-end accident. Additionally, drunk drivers may lose focus on the road and may not realize there is a car in front of them until it is too late to slow down or stop.
- Speeding – When a driver is going too fast for a particular road or traffic conditions, he may lose control or may not have time to stop in time to avoid hitting the back of a car.
Any of those factors may contribute to a rear-end collision.
Our Gainesville Car Accident Attorneys Are Here to Help
At Meldon Law, we represent clients in all types of car accidents throughout the Gainesville area, including rear-end collisions. If you’ve been injured, please consult with our team regarding your legal rights today. Call 352-373-8000 or contact us online to schedule a free case evaluation.