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Rear End Accident Lawyer
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, a rear end crash occurs every 8 seconds in the United States. The report continued saying that a rear-end vehicle accident accounts for 29 percent of all automobile accidents. Although many types of injuries can occur from a rear-end crash, including over 2,000 fatal injuries every year, whiplash is one of the most common. It is estimated that over 3 million people suffer a whiplash injury to their neck or back in car accidents in the U.S. each year, many of these being rear-end crashes. Additionally, rear-end collisions are the third largest cause for auto accidents.
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Texas Law on Tailgating
(a) An operator shall, if following another vehicle, maintain an assured clear distance between the two vehicles so that, considering the speed of the vehicles, traffic, and the conditions of the highway, the operator can safely stop without colliding with the preceding vehicle or veering into another vehicle, object, or person on or near the highway.
(b) An operator of a truck or of a motor vehicle drawing another vehicle who is on a roadway outside a business or residential district and who is following another truck or motor vehicle drawing another vehicle shall, if conditions permit, leave sufficient space between the vehicles so that a vehicle passing the operator can safely enter and occupy the space. This subsection does not prohibit a truck or a motor vehicle drawing another vehicle from passing another vehicle.
(c) An operator on a roadway outside a business or residential district driving in a caravan of other vehicles or a motorcade shall allow sufficient space between the operator and the vehicle preceding the operator so that another vehicle can safely enter and occupy the space. This subsection does not apply to a funeral procession.
Rear-End Accidents and Whiplash Injuries
Rear-end car accidents are the common cause of whiplash, an injury to the back and neck. Whiplash occurs when a car is hit from behind by another vehicle. Then the crash occurs the impacted car is suddenly pushed forward. As a result, the car or truck is pushed forward and then the driver and passenger get suddenly jerked forward. As the car occupants get jerked forward what happens is their neck and head then pulled forward by their body that is strapped into their seat. Whiplash is the injury that occurs when the head and neck are pulled from being over extended. It ultimately is an injury to the neck ligaments that have been suddenly and abruptly over extended and then snapped back into place.
Common Signs of Whiplash
Common Causes of Rear-End Accidents
- Following Too Close — Drivers are supposed to maintain enough distance between their car and the car in front of them to be able to stop suddenly without colliding. When drivers tailgate you, and you’re forced to stop suddenly because of debris in the road or another reason, the result often is a rear-end collision.
- Distracted Driving — Drivers talking or texting on mobile phones, or eating, or applying make-up aren’t giving their full attention to the road. They may not see you stop and end up hitting you from behind.
- Speeding — The amount of distance needed to stop a vehicle is directly related to the vehicle’s speed. Drivers who are speeding often can’t stop in time when presented with obstacles in front of them — including your stopped car.
- Faulty Brakes or Other Mechanical Defects — Drivers are supposed to maintain their vehicles in roadworthy condition. That means making sure their brakes and other parts of their car are in good working order. When brakes fail, collisions often result.
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