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Additionally, rear end collisions were 7.2% of all fatal U.S. crashes and 32.3% of total crashes, indicates a 2019 crash data report by the NHTSA. (3)
A closer look at New York collision rates reveals the problem for New Yorkers.
Federal database records indicate 964 people died on New York roadways in 2018-19. (4)
The state’s own crash data indicates a serious injuries rate of 11,712 in 2019, up from 10,996 in 2018. (5)
Likewise, New York City (NYC) has its share of increasing traffic deaths. NYC saw 175 traffic deaths in 2018, 188 in 2019, and 200 in 2020, according to the nonprofit Transportation Alternatives. (6)
Just as with many accidents, a lot of rear end collisions are preventable. Understanding what causes rear end accidents is one step in the right direction.
As is true for many motor vehicle accidents, driver behavior is a significant factor in rear end accidents. Common causes of rear end accidents include:
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Injuries in rear end accidents can be very serious. They can range from broken bones to traumatic brain injuries to spinal injuries, and even death.
No matter the injuries, determining liability depends upon the accident circumstances. Usually, the driver of a car who hits another car is to blame for a rear-end accident.
Typically, the car behind hits the car in front because the driver did something wrong — got distracted, was following too closely, or was speeding. It may even be some combination of these.
But there is more to it than that, legally.
Often, these cases fall under negligence. Negligence is a legal concept applied to a person who fails to behave with the “same level of care” as someone with sound judgement would have, given similar circumstances. (23)
For example, let’s say you are stopped at a red light. A car behind you fails to stop and slams into you. An investigation reveals the teenaged driver was texting at the time of the accident.
If you were hurt in such an accident, you may be entitled to damages due to negligence. You must show the court the teenaged driver’s texting while driving created a situation where an accident was a foreseeable outcome. And your injuries were a direct result of the accident. (24)
A successful negligence case usually requires the services of an experienced attorney, like the legal team at Weitz & Luxenberg.
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